Intentional Goal Setting with PowerSheets | PART 2
Oftentimes when things are going great in our careers and our lives, we fail to think ahead, plan and make goals. You may be thinking - why would I if things are going great? I’ll tell you - because its just as important to be ready for that next step, even if we feel confident that it won’t happen for a while.
PowerSheets are an intentional goal planner created by Lara Casey and her Cultivate What Matters team. They’re meant to help us deconstruct our big dreams and ideas into manageable, step-by-step actions that can truly help us make progress.
As a PowerSheets user through different seasons in my life, I’ve been able to use them during a job search and during career contentment. A major part of my philosophy on career development is to continuously look for ways to improve our career or put us in a good position should a change come sooner than planned. With that, I wanted to share my current PowerSheets so you can see how I use them during a season of contentment.
A big part of my work with Lettered in the Sky as a career coach is encouraging and promoting education and information gathering to help us feel better qualified and increase our confidence in the work we’re doing. Because of this, I’ve made it a goal to read one book a month and to do two informational interviews with colleagues, friends and people I admire to learn more about their career journey. The knowledge that I will gain from these two action items will help me no matter where my career journey leads.
A big goal for the second half of this year is improving and nailing down my business practices and really refining and setting up a plan for my work. So, I’ve chosen to take the small steps in creating stock photos for Instagram and the blog, creating a batch work plan, and develop a greater social media plan for @lettered.in.the.sky to serve you better. These smaller steps allow me to tackle my big goal in a more manageable way. Similarly for you, if you know that in a year you want to take the leap to a new position or want to take on a graduate program, you can begin making plans to set yourself up for the future.
Self-care has been a really big goal of mine. I had a difficult spring and early summer where I forgot to take time to rest and really refocus my energies, so I’m trying to be more intentional about it. No matter where you are in your career identifying self-care practices that can help you rest in the thick of a stressful season is ALWAYS NECESSARY. The monotony of painting my nails helps me focus on something other than work or challenges going on - plus, freshly painted nails always gives me more confidence! I also love going for walks, so I’ve made it a daily goal to go for a morning and afternoon walk. (Our sweet fur baby Doodle Bug recently had surgery, so we weren’t able to walk her the first half of the month, but we’re back on track now that she’s healed.)
Something that I really like about this month’s PowerSheets tending list is the amount of excitement I feel when I look at it. All of these goals and steps are things that I feel really spirited about and can’t wait to spend time doing. Goals don’t have to be boring, using these step-by-step building blocks to reach goals can help keep them exciting and fun without feeling too overwhelmed.
How are you feeling about your goals and dreams for the future? Are you looking for a career path or wondering where to start? Send me an email or a message on Instagram, I’d be happy to work with you to set up a plan! What to learn more about how I’ve used PowerSheets in the past? View Part 1 of this series here.
P.S. 2020 PowerSheets arrive Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.