How to Set Personal Goals as a Busy Healthcare Professional

Even though you’re busy as a healthcare professional, you will want to set personal goals for yourself.

Have you already set some goals? 

Do they reflect your core values? Are you excited about them? Or did you set them to please someone else

Goals that are meaningful and relevant to you can provide direction and meaning to your life. Discover how to set personal goals and increase your chance of accomplishing them.  

You Need To Set SMART Goals

The importance of goal setting is often overlooked in a busy and stressful healthcare environment. Many workers are seeing how important it is to have clear objectives and goals for their life.

The methodology of SMART goals is a good place to start creating meaningful goals for yourself. 

SMART goals help you define your development and keep you on track with your progress. It’s important to make goals that will keep you focused and motivated when things get stressful and overwhelming in your healthcare career.

It’s very rewarding to document your own progress and achievements. This information is very useful for your own well-being, but also it can be used whenever you want to move on to the next level of your career. 

What Are Smart Goals

Specific

If your personal goal is to lose weight, be specific with the steps you’re going to take to achieve that goal. Decide on what healthy foods you’re going to eat every day and what you will snack on at work. Pack your bag with vegetables, fruits, and nuts for snacks instead of buying some chips and candy at the vending machines! 

Related: Why Healthcare Professionals Need to Infuse Self-Love into Goal Setting

Measurable

Track your goals every day. This will give you a benchmark to see your progress over the months ahead. 

If your goal is to lose weight, start tracking your meals, calories, and exercise! Keep track of what you do every single day so you can see what’s working for you and what isn’t. This will also help motivate you along your journey! 

Attainable

When you’re setting goals, make sure they’re attainable. Don’t plan to lose 50 pounds in a week. That isn’t physically possible! Break down the goals you’ve set into smaller goals. Challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone, but don’t do too much that you feel overwhelmed and anxious about your goal. 

Relevant

This may be the most important part of setting your personal goals. They have to be meaningful and relevant to you. Not your family member, doctor or employer.

Lasting change will come when you identify deeply with why you want to achieve your goals. Identify your values and vision for your life and connect your goals to them. This will help you make the changes you want to make. 

Time Sensitive

Make your deadline realistic. If your goal is to lose weight, give yourself 3 months to lose only a small portion of the total loss you want to accomplish. Then you can pause and reflect on the successes you’ve had. You’ll be able to identify what you’ve learned along the way and make changes for the next 3 months if necessary. 

It’s always good to reflect on your progress before moving on to the next step. 

Here’s How To Achieve Your Personal Goals

Understand Why You Want To Meet This Goal
  • How does your goal align with your personal values?
  • Does this goal get you closer to your vision for your future?
  • Are you excited about the goals you’ve set?
Break It Down Into Smaller Tasks

Do you feel you have the confidence level you need to accomplish your goal?

One way to determine that is to choose where your confidence is on a scale of 0 to 10. If it’s below 7, then a good thing to do is break your goal down into smaller tasks. 

Tackle each smaller task one at a time and track everything you do. You’ll want to see your progress as you go along. This builds confidence and self-esteem. It starts to become a tangible goal. 

Keep a journal of your progress and the steps you take. Write down how you’re feeling about your goals every day. 

As days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, you’ll notice yourself improving which will reflect in your personal life and in your healthcare profession.

Tell Someone!

It can be hard to achieve your goals all by yourself. Find someone at work who you can talk to about your goals. Share your aspirations with them and be vulnerable. Try to find people who want to achieve the same goal, like weight loss, and together you can help each other. You’ll receive lots of encouragement and you’ll have someone on your side to keep you accountable. 

Sometimes you may want to find a role model who practices the goals you want to achieve. Connect with that person if possible and tell them how you’re going about trying to reach the same goals. Get all the advice you can!


If you’ve set personal goals in the past and feel like you’ve failed, don’t be afraid to try again using these tips. Remember to choose an activity that you’ll most likely follow through on. Sometimes you may need to find a coach that will keep you accountable and focused. Coaches offer encouragement and help you figure out specific strategies that will work for you. 

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