Short-Term vs. Long-Term Goals

short-term goals: -12 months, long-term goals: +12 monthsA short-term goal is something you realistically can accomplish is a short time frame, as in 12 months or less.  Some examples of a short-time goal could be:

  • Taking a class
  • Writing or updating your resume or cover letter
  • Participating in a 5K run

A long-term goal is something you want to accomplish in the future.  Long-term goals usually take 12 months or longer to complete.  Some examples might include:

  • Graduating from college
  • Saving for retirement
  • Competing in a marathon

Tips for Setting Long-Term Goals

Envision where you want to be in life 5 and 10 years from now. Think about what you want to accomplish.

  • Tackle your goal(s) from finish to start. Create a timeline starting with your goal and working backwards.
  • Think about the smaller tasks or goals that need to be completed to achieve your bigger long-term goal. Place those smaller tasks on your timeline at increments of five years, one year, and six months.
  • Create a monthly to do list of those smaller tasks or goals. As monthly goals are completed, review your goals and modify them as needed.

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