Short-term goals are any goals set that can be accomplished in the near future, such as writing new resumes or buying new work clothes. Short-term goals are often small steps in achieving long-term goals, such as monthly savings goals to achieve long-term retirement savings goals.
Short-term goals are normally prioritized by which long-term goals are most important. If gaining a management position is the most important long-term goal, then short-term goals, such as taking management preparation classes, should be the person's highest priority. Goals set to be achieved within 12 months are normally considered short-term, while long-term goals typically take years to accomplish and often change with life circumstances.