Evaluating Your Progress as You Enter into Q2

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Many architecture, engineering and construction professionals habitually set career goals at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, they often neglect to review their progression on a regular basis. When progress isn’t monitored, deviations and setbacks can occur without being fully realized. Then, as the end of year draws closer, it can become more and more difficult to make the adjustments needed to remain on course.

Five Tips to Measure Your First Quarter Progress Towards Your Yearly Goals

A quarterly time frame is an easy way to schedule assessments. Now, at the beginning of Q2, is an ideal time to look back on the previous quarter to see if your efforts are pushing you forward, towards your goals. Use the following five tips to evaluate your first quarter progress and enter into the second quarter with the confidence that you are on track.

1. Review Your Objectives

The first step is to review your goals and objectives. This includes any broken-down steps you created as a means of tracking your progression as well as an metrics or deadlines you established. Not only will this refresh your memory regarding your goals, but also allow you to refocus if you strayed from your target.

2. Identify Completed Milestones

After reviewing your objectives, identify which have been accomplished and which are yet unfinished. The intention of this exercise is to allow you to clearly visualize what steps you have taken to make your goals a reality. Sometimes it can be difficult to fully gauge the progress made until the full scope is laid out and visualized. Plus, seeing your accomplishments can help you stay motivated throughout the year.

3. Perform A Self-Check-In

Your perception also impacts your success. Do you feel as though you dedicated enough time and energy to make them a reality? Did you get sidetracked by other activities? Do these goals still feel right for your career trajectory?

4. Adjust, If Needed

Was your plan realistic or did something cause you to deviate? Adjust your plan if something didn’t go as expected. Break down your goals and set deadlines. Ultimately, you want to create a timetable that allows you to meet objectives quickly and remain on track towards your goals, but not so demanding that it is unattainable.

5. Continue Quarterly Check-Ins

Ideally, you want to perform a self-check-in every quarter to measure your progress. This will allow you to make timely adjustments and to remain on track. It will also give you the confidence to continue forward and achieve your yearly goals!

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