For my first few jobs out of school I had very specific goals I wanted to attain. For example, at Aviary I really wanted to learn how to get press, meet investors, pitch and close, build a product, scale a product, and more (on top of my daily job responsibilities). In fact, I kept a Google Doc listing all my goals and crossed them out as I reached them.
Setting goals has always helped me. I like to-do lists and the satisfaction of crossing out accomplishments. It also helps me gather my thoughts on the task(s) at hand.
This post isn’t meant to teach something new, but rather to remind you that putting thought to personal and professional goals is pretty important. If you are in a job right now (or not) and don’t have a list of all the things you want to accomplish, you are doing it wrong.