It's time for your annual career check-up! What changes do you want to make in your work life in 2015? Do you want a new job or a promotion? Do you want to keep doing the same things work-wise but with a new employer? Do you want to change career directions altogether? Are you happy where you are but want to boost your performance? Regardless of your career situation, the New Year offers you a fresh slate. If you’re a goal-driven person, then you probably set performance targets for yourself at work and in your personal life. Now that the New Year is here, it’s time to set your career goals for 2015. Remember to keep your goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-driven):
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The New Year has finally arrived, and with it comes a promise of a better future, both at work and at home. If you were feeling like a laggard at the office, the New Year should present you a reason strong enough to change things that are not perfect and need improvements. Here are the five resolutions that will keep you motivated all year: It's a sensible assumption, backed by solid research findings that happy employees make a happy company. Workplaces that are served by motivated employees are invariably more productive, give birth to innovative ideas and products, and tend to remain more profitable. However, as much responsibility as it is of the employer to keep its employees motivated, the workforce itself should take initiatives to keep up their motivation level. If you manage to keep yourself charged up at least for the entire duration of your stay inside the office, you will find yourself more driven and better performing than your peers. Moreover, a motivated employee spills his energy and enthusiasm among the team members, leaving the whole experience of working inside the office greatly enhanced. Even if your professional life is ridden by a lot of obstacles and struggle, you need to shrug off the challenges and failures aside, step over them and rise higher. New Year resolutions are a good way of setting short term goals and giving new direction to your otherwise directionless life. Take these 5 resolutions; stick to them and every working day of 2014 will be a carnival for you.
At the start of a New Year, many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions or what we want to “do” in the coming year. Being a goal-oriented person, I set annual goals every year, which I’m pretty good about accomplishing. Since it’s the start of the year, I’ve been thinking about what I want to achieve in 2014 and, as I always do, I sat down and started my list of things to accomplish this year. As I was doing that, I realized I wanted this year to be more about who I will be than what I will “do.” Because it’s a New Year, many of us make those resolutions or commitments about what we’ll do or stop doing: go to the gym, stop hitting the snooze button, go to sleep earlier, go see the doctor, lose 10 pounds, update our resume, and start looking for a new job… And I think we should focus on who we want to be instead. What type of person do you want to be in 2014? Is it the healthy, well rested, in-shape, energized, and kindhearted person? Or maybe it’s the person who spends more time focused on taking care of him or herself so they have more to give others. Once you decide who you want to be, create your list of what you want to do based on that. Then, your list of tasks to complete has meaning behind it. If you want to be a healthy, well-rested and in-shape person, then going to the gym, seeing the doctor, and going to sleep earlier are actions that have meaning behind them. They are not merely things you “should do” but are things you want to do because of the person you want to become. Think about this in terms of your leadership role and your career as well. What type of leader, employee, colleague, or business owner do you want to be? What will you do to become that person? For me, one thing I decided I wanted to be this year is more present and giving of my time. Because of that, my goals of slowing down (not rushing through things and from place-to-place) and of volunteering at the local animal shelter have a lot of meaning behind them: they are related to who I want to be. By taking time to focus first on who you want to be and then creating what you will do based on who you will be, your actions not only have deeper meaning but inevitably will be easier to accomplish. This month’s development tip: If you haven’t made up your list of 2014 goals, start with creating your “who will I be?” list. Once you decide who you want to be, then create your “what will I do?” list based off of your “who will I be?” list. If you’ve already set your 2014 goals, go back and review them to ensure that they are related to who you want to be – give them the true meaning they deserve.
The New Year presents the perfect moment to start or restart moving your career in the right direction for you. Whether a pay rise, promotion, or a new career are among your professional resolutions, the following tips may serve as useful in your quest to make 2014 the year for your career!
It's time for your annual career check-up! What changes do you want to make in your work life in 2014? Do you want a new job or a promotion? Do you want to keep doing the same things work-wise but with a new employer? Do you want to change career directions altogether? Are you happy where you are but want to boost your performance? Regardless of your career situation, the New Year offers you a fresh slate. If you’re a goal-driven person, then you probably set performance targets for yourself at work and in your personal life. Now that the New Year is here, it’s time to set your career goals for 2014. Remember to keep your goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-driven):