Around this time of year, when Development Plans for next year and New Years Resolutions are front of mind, I also think it’s important to look back on 2012 and what you have achieved. How far have you come?
“That list of New Years Resolutions you made last year can be used again.
It’s as good as new.”
It’ is important to reflect on where you were then and where you are now. Even though you were happy this time last year, could you imagine being anywhere but where you are now? And if nothing has changed, what do you need to? Do you need to create some goals for 2013?
When meeting with your Manager to go through your development plan for 2013, it’s really easy to forget your achievements for an entire 12 months worth of work, and I suggest creating a simple word document at the start of each year to keep on hand throughout each year. Every time you do something that you are happy with, satisfied with; every time you grow or have a great success, decide on a new path, write it down. There is nothing worse than getting to your Development Plan and Performance Review and not being able to remember the significant impact you have made on the organisation. Have specific examples for the 12 months that have just passed to make sure your Manager won’t forget. Don’t rely on your Manager to talk you up or remember how difficult your day-to-day job is and how well you’ve done to get through each day. You have to sell yourself!
Achievements can be simple or huge! For example:
– Cleaned up the Work Drive used by all staff, saving 15 GB of data storage, as well as saving the company money
– Rebuilt an Administration Team, to make it functional and create relationships to develop Junior Staff
– Spoke at the 2012 Corporate PA Summit
If you are the type of PA that anticipates the needs of your Manager before he or she even realises they need it, write down the things they don’t realise that you do! Make them think – what would happen if this didn’t get done? It doesn’t harm anyone to make them realise where they would be without you!
– Meeting documentation always included in Calendar entry, never requested
– Travel Itinerary and Agenda always completely correct and updated for Manager’s trip, for the entire year.
– Minutes of meetings always received within one hour of the meeting time slot.
Too often we focus on what we didn’t do well or didn’t do right, or could have done better or what we are not. Keeping an ‘Achievements’ document to hand might help you remember who worthwhile you are to the organisation and remind you how brilliant an Executive Assistant you are, especially handy when you are having a bad day.
What were your achievements for 2012?