With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get some spring cleaning done. Not only in our homes and offices but this time of year, there’s an air of rejuvenation, a time to make changes in our personal and professional lives. Have you stopped to think about what you really want out of your professional career? Well let’s get started…
Where are you right now in your career? Not where you plan to be in one year or five years, but what is the reality of your work life at this very moment? Are you being challenged? Are you bored? Stressed? Are you happy to go to work in the morning? Be honest with yourself. Identify the choices you made that lead you to where you are now as they will help direct where you want to go or don’t want to go in the future.
If you’re good at something you don’t like doing, stop immediately! I myself have been quite guilty of this. Once you gain experience in something, you find yourself doing it over and over again and may even become the “go-to” person for that particular skill-set. But if you don’t enjoy it at all, first thing first, remove any of those tasks from your resume so you don’t find yourself in the same predicament again. Next, take the time out to create a step-by-step guide for those tasks and find a way to delegate or train someone else to do it. It will eliminate so much stress and procrastination; you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Answer the “If-Only” question. Focus on what you really want to get out of your life and then design your career to support your lifestyle. Sometimes many of us like the work we’re doing but if only we had a more flexible schedule or if only we had more vacation days or better benefits, etc. things would be better. Whatever it is, figure out what it is so you can have a more fulfilling lifestyle and then do everything in your power to make it happen.
Bring more of YOU to the table. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of working to pay the bills. You can almost develop this zombie-like behavior of coming to work to clock-in and then clock-out. Find out how you can bring more personality and be more of yourself at work. Maybe you enjoy taking walks so why not start a walking group with your co-workers or maybe you like to bake, bring more treats to work or organize a bake sale for your department. Be creative and find the fun in your work again.
Don’t forget about your strengths: the things you are both good at AND enjoy doing. If you’re really good at giving presentations or planning meetings for example, then find a way to incorporate more of those activities into your work-life. If you’re going to give your time and energy to the company for 8 or more hours a day, you might as well give your best and be comfortable doing so.
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