How To Set SPRINT Goals For A Career In The Fashion Industry
In my last article, I showed you how to set “SMART” goals for your career in the fashion industry. Now I am going to show you how to SPRINT and reach these goals super fast! Sound good? Great! Let’s get started.
Why Goals Are So Hard To Achieve
The number one reason people don’t reach their goals is that they set a big goal with no plan of action of how to get there. In my last article, I showed you how to set “SMART” goals that were both measurable and actionable. However, this is still not enough. To reach any goal there are always several steps or actions that you will need to achieve to lead up to the desired result. There may even be mini milestones that you will need to reach along the way.
Another problem with setting goals is that you can easily get overwhelmed trying to accomplish several different goals all at the same time. If you set 4 different goals for yourself this year how do you divide up your time to devote to each one of these goals?
In this article, I am going to show you a technique called SPRINTING that will help you reach your goals way faster and help you stay laser focused.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of designing a fashionable career in just one post! This article is part of a 5 part Fashionable Career Planning Series. If you want to learn how you can build a successful career in the fashion industry check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page.
What Is A SPRINT Goal?
A SPRINT is when you pick just ONE of your goals, make an action plan around it, and do everything in your power to make that happen in a short set period of time. I recommend that you 4 sprints per year. Meaning your time period for each sprint would be 3 months long. You can decide how long you want to make your sprint based on how big your goal is and how quickly you want to achieve it.
How To Create A SPRINT Goal
Here I am going to walk you through the steps to write your first SPRINT.
Pick just one goal that you want to achieve this year. It is natural to want to make all of your dreams happen all at once. However, the genius of this technique is that by choosing just one goal at a time you stay laser focused and know exactly what you need to do to get there. Note: It should be written as a SMART goal. If you don’t know what a SMART goal is please go back and read this article first. It will make this process a lot easier.
Choose the appropriate length of time you want to SPRINT. This should feel like a bit of a stretch, yet still realistic. For example: Revising your resume does not take 3 months. However, revising your design portfolio and creating an online portfolio might.
Write down all the steps that you will need to take in order to reach this goal. Get down to the most minute detail. If you are not sure if you have your tasks broken down far enough ask yourself one question: How am I going to do that? If you can still break down that question into further steps do that!
Writing everything out helps you create a plan in bite-size chunks. These smaller tasks can often be done quite quickly and help build momentum. The smaller the task the more you can achieve each day. For example, sending one or two emails or phone calls per day to potential new clients is a simple daily task that is very achievable. But saying you have to land 1 new client per week can be overwhelming. How are you going to land 1 new client per week? What steps do you need to do to get there? How many cold calls will you need to make? Who is in your network that you can connect with?
Determine if there is anyone who can help you achieve your goal. Work smarter not harder. None of us got to where we are all by ourselves. In fact, you can accomplish much more and faster when you call upon others to help you out. Now, depending on the nature of your goal this may or may not be an option. Ask yourself: Are there people you can call and get advise from or who can help you in some way? Could you possibly pay someone to help finish this project?
Now that you have all the steps written out and a timetable determined for your goal it is time to set it into motion. Grab a planner and start to plot out which steps you are going to do on what days within the time frame that you set for your sprint. Each month set a major milestone goal. Then set weekly micro milestones. Finally, set daily tasks that will help you achieve those weekly goals.
Fashionable Career Planning Series
If you, or someone you know, want to learn how to build a successful fashion career you can read the entire series here. Learn how to plan your goals and keep your career on track.
- How To Set SMART Goals For A Career In The Fashion Industry
- How To Write SPRINT Goals For A Career In The Fashion Industry
- Top 10 Ways To Keep Your Career On Track
- How To Find A Mentor
- Top 5 Ways To Build A Great Reputation In The Fashion Industry