Plan for career success in 2020!
New Year is a great time for fresh thinking about your career. Throw in the fact that it's a new decade, and you might have found yourself doing some deep reflecting on what's gone and speculating about what's to come! Now is the perfect time to plan for success.
Review your past year
Your career goals now are likely to be dramatically different from those you had 10 years ago. In fact, your goals from the start of 2019 may be unrecognisable to you now. Or you may have smashed them (in which case, well done!).
It can be easy to overlook what we have achieved as we carry on with our day-to-day. When you have a busy schedule it is sometimes enough to simply be present in the day. When we take a moment to review our achievements we find we have done more than we realise.
Finding out what worked for you in the previous year can also help you focus your time and efforts in the coming year. Likewise, if you found something a struggle, then maybe it is time to change how you approach those situations.
Once you’ve reviewed your year, decide how you’d like to grow and change.
These can be large goals. Is there a promotion or job that you’ve been waiting for? Do you feel like you are stagnating in your current role and are unsure where to go next? Or are you looking for a dramatic change? Or these can be smaller goals that we are more likely to achieve. In fact, psychotherapist Daniel Fryer suggests setting only one goal at a time in order to give yourself more of a chance at sticking at it. Breaking that goal into smaller, bitesize steps can also be a great way to hold yourself accountable for your progress.
Decide on what brings you satisfaction and focus on this to lead you towards carving out a new path.
Work out your ideal work/life balance
Only a third of us are happy with our work-life balance, according to research. This impacts how well you sleep, how much personal time you have or if you are able to do enough exercise. Moreover, your work-life balance has an effect on your overall wellbeing so it is important to get it right for you.
In fact, the OECD Better Life Index found that women who are employed on a part-time basis have the same amount of personal time available as those who are employed full time. In the UK, this works out at around 15 hours per day but we do need to spend some of that time sleeping.
Deciding on what balance you need is key to having a successful 2020. The more you can enjoy your family time, exercise, and get quality sleep, the better your wellbeing.
Setting clear boundaries is important, which can be difficult in our current "always on" culture at work and home. But decide what your work "on" hours are and communicate these to your colleagues. Learning to assertively say no is a skill that you can hone, and your mental health will be grateful.
Make a plan
Once you’ve set your goals and decided on what your ideal working week looks like, you need to set a plan in place for how this will happen. This might involve a conversation with your employer about what you want to achieve.
If you see a path to achieving your goals in your current role, then that's great. But you may decide that you need a new role to progress. Planning in advance and putting steps in place to update your CV, reach out to your network, and block out time in your calendar to apply for new positions will make the process less stressful.
Invest in yourself
Ensure that your skills are up to date, or consider re-skilling if you are looking for a career change. When you set your goals and make your plan, look at what training you need to do to achieve your end goal. The world of work is rapidly changing and updating your skills on a regular basis will future-proof your career. Sometimes upskilling in areas not directly related to your role can be fulfilling and enjoyable as well as future-proofing your career.
Your employer may wish to fund training if it brings value to the job you currently do but if not, it is always worth investing in yourself. Take time to research what is available and ask within your network if they have any recommendations. People are always willing to share if they have had a good experience and if it has been a worthwhile investment. Otherwise, consider alternatives such as free online courses such as those on Future Learn.
Success for 2020
Success happens when we take steps to make it happen. When we know our goals and have made a solid plan, we're backing ourselves. The important part is being clear on what those goals are and what success means to you. But also, being kind to yourself and realistic about your commitments.
Make 2020 and this coming decade your most successful yet!
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