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The New Year is a time when we tend to focus on self-improvement and goal setting. We’re thinking of ways to improve and grow and better ourselves. By adding career goals as part of that focus, you can start the next year off on the right foot both personally and professionally. These four strategies will help you get a jump start on boosting your career in the new year.
Network more often.
Networking is the easiest way to boost your career. By attending networking events, you’ll start to expand your network beyond your current work circle. It also helps you step outside the work bubble you spend your whole day in. There are many options for networking, from formal events and meetups in person to online groups and forums. You can network on any major social platform, but LinkedIn is best for developing business connections.
Build your network now for the future. Networking isn’t just for job searching. You can find a mentor, become a mentor, learn a new skill, or simply have a conversation by networking. You want to have a robust professional network, and the only way to develop that is through networking. By continuously growing your network, you’ll be able to tap into it whenever you need to.
Create a challenge calendar.
Challenge yourself to do one new thing each month. This can be learning a new skill, taking on a project at work, sending an email to a mentor, or anything that makes you step outside your comfort zone. The only requirement is that it’s something that will help you grow and develop professionally.
Reaching out to someone in your network can help you practice communication. Taking on a new project at work allows you to showcase your skills and get noticed by your boss. It can also be a challenge if it’s something new and unfamiliar. There are multiple benefits of following through on your challenges, not least of which is the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel as you complete them.
Reflect on the previous year.
There’s no better time than the end of the year for self-reflection. Use this reflection time to take stock of what’s happened in your career. Take note of both the progress you’ve made and the places you fell short. You have to examine both the good and the bad things that happened throughout the year to see the full picture. This reflection will help you decide on goals for the upcoming year.
Self-reflection is a great tool to help you determine what you want to do in the future. Look to the past for guidance on what you enjoyed and what you disliked. Identify the areas in which you’re strongest, and those that align with your future goals. Allow yourself to dream big and don’t be afraid to take a risk.
Take some time to relax.
Relaxation is incredibly important, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t make the time for it. Allow yourself to have some downtime. Relaxation comes in many forms. It can be laying on your couch watching Netflix, taking a hike or nature walk, making a home cooked meal, or simply spending time with your family. The only wrong way to relax is by taking your work along with you.
By relaxing, you’ll start to clear your mind and de-stress. When you’re stressed, you tend to see things from a more negative perspective, which doesn’t help you move forward. With a clearer mind, you’ll be able to think more objectively and analytically. Allow yourself the time to relax and decompress, and you’ll reap the benefits in many ways.
If you’re reading this and it isn’t the end of year, you can still do everything listed here. Simply start from the beginning of the next month and reflect on the past twelve. There’s no wrong time to do this – the only thing that matters is that you start.
December 27, 2018 at 05:59PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs