February 29, 2016

Achievements Tracker

What is the point of filling up a busy calendar if it doesn’t help you further your career?


Objective:

In addition to tracking future goals and assignments, it’s important to recognize your past accomplishments. Like the yearly theme, tracking and reflecting past achievements will either reinforce your yearly progress or highlight a pattern of stagnancy.

How to Use the Achievements Tracker

Write down your victories.

It’s important to give yourself credit where credit is due. Write down daily, monthly, or yearly accomplishments. These can be anything from “Learned how to add an entry in our data system despite my technology illiteracy” to “Closed the books on fiscal-year budget”. You’re not only building confidence but quantifying and assessing your strengths.

Make it a habit.

When you’ve got so much on your plate, it’s easy to forget to document your accomplishments. Until it becomes second nature, set reminders for yourself to do this. There are lots of spaces in the Volt Planner where you can do this. I use the “Reflect + Celebrate” box on the Weekly Goals page. This box reminds me to reflect on what went right and why. Those achievements that I’m particularly excited about make it to my Accomplishments page.

Reflect on your work.

As you track your accomplishments, look for patterns. The accomplishments you write down are the ones that you are most proud of. What type of projects make you happy? Do you find yourself in the same kind of roles? This kind of self-awareness can help give you a clear picture of the kind of work you’re doing and where it’s leading your career. If you are repeating an inefficient process, go back to your yearly theme and consider what steps you can take to get back on track.

Showcase your progress.

The Accomplishments page can be really useful when you want to articulate your successes. Whether it’s in a team meeting, a progress report, or an annual review, you now have a detailed record of what you’ve been working on and how you’ve succeeded. The more detailed, the better.

Being able to articulate your accomplishments at any moment will give you the competitive edge that could lead to landing that dream job, securing new clients, or receiving a well-deserved bonus.