With 2018 quickly approaching, I’ve been reflecting on the last year and the success and happiness it has brought me.
I’ve also been mulling over the things that weren’t so great and they are items I will consider when setting my resolutions for the next year.
When it comes to setting goals, resolutions, plans or whatever you want to call them, you are completely in control. By making some tweaks and investing effort, you can make the changes you want to see in the coming year.
The goals you set for your personal life and career will most certainly be different, but it’s possible to see some overlap.
Typically when things aren’t going so well is when people start making resolutions, but we should all be holding ourselves to a higher standard and looking to make big goals even when things are running smoothly.
In respect to your career, there are a handful of goals you should maintain.
You likely think about your job every day, but how often do you really think about it?
Set time aside to reflect on your current career moves. What is working? What makes you feel good? What is motivating and de-motivating you? Making a list of the positives can also re-ignite your passion if you’re experiencing an end of the year burnout.
Even do some salary research—is your income in line with your field and position?
If you feel great about everything at the end of this “check-up,” then you’re on the right track! If not, then identify what the stressors are and start crafting a plan to solve them.
You should be updating your resume and your personal brand yearly. Look to give your logo, website, or even handouts a little makeover.
This doesn’t have to be a huge change, but a little freshening up never hurt. While you’re at it, tackle your portfolio and LinkedIn profile.
It’s much easier to update everything while the year is still fresh in your mind, rather than one major update every few years.
Think about the things that tend to distract you. If it’s social media, then try out an app that tracks your time spent or an app that will block you from using/checking certain sites until a certain time limit has been met.
If you aren’t organized and finishing projects takes you forever because you’re constantly looking for things then look to implement a new routine that will help you maintain organization.
Go ahead and organize your contacts while you’re at it, get in touch with clients via small holiday note and confirm all of their contact info is correct.
Whatever your vice is, look for a way to address it and become more productive.
Don’t get stuck in your comfort zone! Break through your self-imposed barriers and take some risks.
Maybe you’ve been hesitant about locking down some prospects, or you have been making up excuses for not throwing a client appreciation event.
Whatever it is, give yourself a little push to try something new!
What goals are on your list? Whatever it may be, remember you’re the one in control.
Start the new year with me by reserving your spot for my January 2018 workshop!