How to Clear Up Concerns in Your Career & Hit Your Professional Goals
In case you haven’t had a chance to catch up with my latest blog posts, we’re on a cleaning spree. Ever since Spring hit we’ve been on a mission to clear out the clutter in certain areas of our lives. The first week we talked about setting up check-in dates in your relationship to make sure you and your partner are both happy. The following week, we talked about cleaning up your personal life and reuniting with your passion.
Now we’ve hit the final leg of our spring-cleaning tour—your career. I’m sure we can all agree that work can occasionally get overwhelming and hectic. But when occasionally turns into weeks and months, it’s time to take a step back and regain control over your career. Whether you feel like you’re not where you want to be or you feel you don’t have time for life outside of work, or you don’t know ‘what’s next,’ a little seasonal career maintenance can be helpful.
1. Clear Out Your Work Space
A clean environment can work wonders on stress levels and productivity. Working at a cluttered desk filled with paperwork, old beverages, and a pile of intertwined chargers and wires at your feet can be a major distraction. Organize your documents and do a quick clean up of your desk to feel a little more at ease. A swipe or two of surface wipes won’t hurt either. This can help you concentrate more on your tasks and spend less time scrimmaging through paperwork and clutter to find what you need.
2. Commit to Leaving Work at Work # Days of Week
An ideal number would be 0, but I know we don’t live in an ideal world and work can pile up. But try to avoid working after hours at least 3-4 days out of the week—this includes staying late. Balancing work and personal life is all about priorities. Think of it this way: you are going to work to enjoy your life. How can you do that when you’re working around the clock? Leaving your computer at work and turning off email alerts on your phone is a great way to shut work out of your personal life.
3. Use Your Vacation Days
Even if you love going to work every day, everyone still need a break. It benefits your work life and home life. Taking a step back helps your recharge and refresh your mind, which can help you with innovation, new ideas, and give you a fresh perspective in your career. Now you have more time to travel, spend quality time with your friends and family, and do what makes you happy (outside of work.)
4. Think Next Steps
This doesn’t have to mean that you’re changing jobs or careers, but it’s important to evaluate where you are and think about where you want to be. If you’re not sure, write down a list of goals you have for your career—even if you don’t feel they are realistic. Then map out an action plan and take your first step. It could be anything from learning a new skill to getting promoted to even opening your own business. Once you see this on paper, it’s in the first stage of coming to life. This way, you have something to look forward to and work towards.
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