What is life? How is it already 2018?!
Well, whether you like it or not, the new year has arrived and it’s time to send 2017 off with a peck on the cheek and a good ol’ pat on the back. Even is she was the worst, she’s over and it’s time to move on. And in case you were wondering, this year is going to be YOUR year.
The year you wrote down your resolutions….and stuck to them.
The year you decided to make time for family and friends…and not just for your email and social media.
The year you got your health – physical and mental – up and at ‘em (as my mom always said)…and not make any excuses for the contrary.
And yes, the year you LEVEL UP in your career, friend. (You didn’t think I would forget about that did you?!)
For some of you, that may be strategizing on getting that promotion, raise or just more meaningful projects in your current job. For some of you, that may mean changing careers completely! And for others, it may be switching jobs in similar industries because you aren’t necessarily sick of the current tasks in your job, but rather that your company culture or manager isn’t cutting it.
Whatever that may look like for you, I’m here to help. Over the next ten days, we’re going to map out your “Year of Career”. Every day I’ll give you an actionable step to get your career moving this 2018.
- Check in every day to see what the bite-sized piece of advice is. Or you can just sign up for my newsletter here and get it straight to your inbox.
- Don’t get ahead of yourself. Just do the activity for the day.
- If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up and pick up where you left off. Give yourself some grace.
- Get curious. Get excited about the potential to have life-giving work
- Grab a friend to do it with. You know you have a friend who hates their job rn….
- If you feel so compelled use #10daycareer as you share your goals on social media!
So why make a resolution to kick your career in high gear?
After all, the most common resolutions are to “get more fit” or “eat healthy” or “save money” – and those are all good things. But it kinda makes me sad for our careers. Have they become the ugly stepchild? Perhaps it’s just that we got tuckered out post-college, tired of all the education and striving. Perhaps we feel a bit lost because we don’t know where to start or how to strategically map out our careers. (I mean, why did most of our colleges never teach us the whole “how to get a job” life skill?) Or perhaps we are actually just making all these other resolutions to escape our work in the first place.
And to that, I say hogwash.
We work 90,360 hours in our lifetime. 90,360 HOURS! I’d beg to argue that we are doing ourselves a disservice to NOT make our careers a priority in our lives, since we spend so much time there. Plus if we’re honest, what happens inside the office affects our personal lives – and vice versa. Don’t believe the lie that you have to hate your job. Because if you’re hating your job, there is a high probability you are hating life too. That narrative is old and boring and you’re better than that. As some swag I got during my time at The Muse said, “Life’s too short to hate your career.”
Alright, Alright, I’ll get off my soapbox. Let’s get down to business.
Day 1 : Take stock of 2017
So you can’t take a giant leap forward without acknowledging the past – all of the grumblings, imperfections and successes. But I don’t want you to think about this in general terms, I want you to get very specific about your career.
What are some things you are proud of? (ie: big project, raise, continued education, etc.)
What really was the worst? (ie: workplace politics, majorly screwing something up, lack of rest)
On a scale of 1-10 – with 10 being OMG BEST CAREER YEAR EVER – how would you rate your career in 2017?
Set aside 30 minutes today to reflect on 2017. Think about all that you’ve learned in the year. If you need some help remembering what the heck you’ve done, take a look at your 2017 calendar. See what meetings you had, who did you interact with, what deadlines did you meet? I promise you, that even if you hated your job, you definitely learned something! (And always remember, no job is perfect so there will be things that are a bit lackluster in every occupation and company.)
From this reflection point, it will be easier for you to build and create goals for the new year (ahem, ahem – tomorrow’s exercise). But today, let’s just celebrate our wins, acknowledge our losses and get pumped for 2018 and all the boss career goals you’re about to create!
Feel like you need more of a framework?