Life is balancing short-term needs and long-term goals #HoskWisdom
Short-term goals are getting your project work done and long-term goals move your career forward. You need to make time for both and minimise the conflict between them to progress your career.
Short-term goals are doing the tasks you need to do for your job, you need to do them and do them well.
We need to step into the short-term goals, understand the details, and get the work done immediately.
Working on IT projects, there are priorities and short-term goals that we need to hit the project deadlines. Projects will always have more work to do, there will always be something else to do. Projects will take as much time as you want to give them.
Project work will progress your career in the short-term, but it won’t move your career in the long term. Project work rarely gets you new skills, experience or knowledge because you are usually doing tasks you are good at and have done before.
To progress your career, you need to step back from the project and look at the big picture. Ask yourself these questions.
- Where do I want my career to head?
- What skills, experience and knowledge do I need
- What people and relationships can further my career?
You step into short-term goals and step back to see the bigger picture and your long-term goals.
Companies and managers are working to short-term goals and concentrating on delivering projects, you need to manage your project work and find time to work on your long-term goals.
It’s your responsibility to manage your career and make sure you are working towards your long-term goals and getting the skills you need to progress your career.
If you don’t prioritise your long term career goals, then they won’t get done because they are not in the interest for most other people.