That time of year is upon us again: the time to make resolutions. And six months from now the time to realize that no one has met them yet, except that one person on Facebook. What this article hopes to address is to give some tips on how to turn those lofty ideals into manageable steps.

Many people want to improve their job prospects for the coming year. In fact, according to a recent survey, 54 percent of workers polled were looking to get a raise or develop their job skills. How do you turn these hopeful ideas into reality? Break them into tiny goals with clear timelines.

For example, if you want to pick up a certification to operate a crane or to qualify as a tax specialist, you would start with setting aside a few hours a week to take the necessary courses. Maybe you spend an hour after work twice a week or a couple of hours on Saturday. You do this for a month and then before you know it, you’re ready to take the certification course.

The same rule applies to getting raises and promotions. Start by doing research on how much someone with your skill and experience in your field in Kansas City should be paid. Now armed with this information, you can present a reasoned business oriented purpose for requesting the raise.

This approach removes the anxiety you may associate with trying to achieve a big goal. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with family, work, promotions, bills and everything else to do with life. These tricks help you assert control, and before you know it, you’re doing this without even thinking about it.

Sometimes, though, you spend time working toward a promotion, but none of that hard work matters to your boss. If you believe you were denied a promotion, raise or any other opportunity because you were discriminated against, then you may want to sit down with a lawyer to discuss your legal options and how this affects your goals.

Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette, “Workzone: Time for career resolutions,” Mark Belko, Jan. 4, 2016