Steps to Create a 2013 Career Action Plan

The end of the year is the perfect time to assess your professional goals and aspirations. It allows you to slow down, take a step back from work and create a written plan for how you want to approach the coming year. Here are five ways to have an effective year-end reflection:

Do a day-by-day review of the year. Write down notes about every client engagement throughout the year. Then at the end of the year, look at the list and determine what you want to do more or less of in the coming year.

Identify a new area to master. Pick something that will help you further your career. Make the commitment and set a goal to accomplish it during the next 12 months.

Identify your business goals for 2013. Set quarterly milestones to keep yourself on track. Also make sure that your personal goals are in line with the business strategies of the firm.

Use downtime over the holidays to reflect. Use this time to clear your mind and recharge so you’re ready to take on the new year.

On New Year’s Day, create a two-page document that pulls all this together:

  • The list of all your engagements
  • A new area to master
  • Personal business strategies for the next six months
  • Personal reflections on life

For more tips on creating a successful career action plan for 2013, visit CPA Insider.