There are employees who wait for instructions before they start working on their tasks. And when they’re done, they just sit back to relax and wait for the next best thing to do. While there are others who are proactively asking for directions on what the next projects are. They would rather be ahead of the game because they have the intiative to be in it. These are also the employees who like to know what needs to be done so they can do the work without being told.

These are the people who can manage to set their own goals. They can do their jobs on their own with less supervision. Would you like to be like them?

If you want to be a proactive employee, here are some suggestions to help you create and set GOALS:

1. Make it Clear

Fuzzy objectives will get you nowhere. Only when you have a clear enough goal will you be able to attain whatever it is that you want to accomplish. Write down what you want to achieve, it is the first step to having a well-defined target. This can be as simple as – “A Manager in 2 years time.” Or even afford to “Buy my own motorbike in 1 year.”

2. Align yourself with the Company’s Vision

Once you’ve read the vision of the company, figure out a way to align your goals with it. Let’s say if the company would like to become the leader in the skills training, you will  need to work on your presntation and public speaking skills to compliment that vision.

3. Start working on it

Sometimes we set goals but rarely start them. Decide, and work on your goal one step at a time. If it’s hard for you to start working on your goal it may be time to tell someone, telling a coworker about your goal may help you start it. When people know about what you are up to it could push you to begin working on your goal.

4. Bite size

It’s difficult to accomplish big goals but if you break down what you want to do in small manageable tasks it will be easier for you to finish and attain your goal. When you have small enough goals that you can finish on time the quality of your work will also be better.

5. Be practical

Avoid making unrealistic objectives, when you create unrealistic goals you might fail because it’s not easily doable, it will only induce fear and skepticism. Attainable goals will help you develop confidence to eventually set bigger goals in the future, so set practical, realistic targets.

6. Metrics

Have a way to gauge your performance, you can use checklists to find out if you have done everything for the day. A self-evaluation can also assist you in you to do your job better if there is no one to supervise your work. And you can print out a graph or a scorecard to find out how you carried out your tasks.

7. Be accountable

Being accountable means that you do your job whether supervised or not, you make it a point to deliver on time and provide the best quality. You own the job, and you know that the responsibility solely lies on your shoulders.


Whether you are a new or a seasoned employee you need to have goals that are aligned to the company objectives doing so will help you to act accordingly. Creating a plan of action that you can follow will give you the road map that you need to maneuver in the complicated world of work.