Goal setting is an essential part of making your ambitions a reality. Without clear and focused objectives, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay on track and keep to a productive time frame. When it comes to your CPD, careful planning is the most effective way of making sure you hit that 35 hour target.
In order to define your goals, think about what you need to achieve by the end of the year. We’re only a couple of months away from the conclusion of another year - which can seem intimidating - but with clever planning there’s still time to achieve on both a personal and professional level.
Creating a written plan not only shows organisation, but demonstrates that you’re committed to making things happen. There are a number of factors to think about when goal setting. Consider, for example, specific competencies relevant to your job role – are there areas where your knowledge is lacking? Look back to your last appraisal and use this as a base for identifying where you most need to focus. Above all, think about what you want to achieve by the end of this year and commit yourself to making it happen.
Putting your plan into action may be easier than you think. Research the materials you need and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It may be beneficial to get your colleagues and/or manager on board. Working together can be more productive and may help you overcome barriers that you could not work past alone. Also remember to think outside the box – or rather, outside the office. Training courses, seminars and academic study can all contribute towards your CPD. Similarly, activities as simple as reading books and articles or conducting research also count towards your 35 hour target. Set achievable objectives so that you are not setting yourself up to fail.
Most importantly, make sure you’re getting the best out of your CPD. It shouldn’t be a chore that once completed is quickly forgotten about. Embrace the process and you will see its benefits. With clear and considered goals in mind, you can ensure that your time is used effectively in reaching the targets that matter most to you. Success rarely just happens – but with a focused plan, you’re already halfway there.