When assessing your career and professional goals and objectives - it is essential to create habits and routines to help you achieve what you desire to succeed.
by Aminka Belvitt
Happy New Year!
We are now into the 3rd week of 2022. Individually and collectively, individuals and professionals reflect on their achievements, losses, and growth from 2021 and strategize their next move for 2022. When assessing your career and professional goals and objectives - it is essential to create habits and routines to help you achieve what you desire to succeed.
This list will help you maximize your time dedicated to working hours while centring your wellness and happiness as the ultimate goal. These tips are both useful for employed professionals and self-employed professionals. Read through which aspects of time and career management you're currently practising. Evaluate how well you're practising each element and which ones to incorporate into your routine and career objectives.
We all want to be involved with improtant work, feel valued, and be compensated well for said valued work. Here are some tips to help you achieve all three.
1. Set Your Priorities for the Week
Set The Tone
At the beginning of your week, look at the current projects, tasks, and events you are working on. Prioritize them in order of urgency, importance, due dates, required time and resource focus. Take time at the beginning of your week to enumerate what you will work on each day. Doing this will adequately prepare you to achieve the required tasks and balance any changes. In setting your priorities estimate the time commitment needed to complete each task.
2. Stay Informed on Current Trends & Practices
Study Your Industry
It is essential every day that you show your value to your team, employer and clients. Remaining well-read and informed on recent articles, research, best practices, and emerging technology about your field of profession or employment adds value to your professional experience, and positions well for a promotion & salary renegotiation. Set the time to check in with daily trends at the beginning of your workday, right after your lunch or before you leave the office. Knowledge is money.
3. Upgrade Your Skill
Professional Development Training
Upgrading and refining your skills set is educational and economically beneficial to you as a professional. It will inevitably increase your performance at work and salary position. As you stay informed on industry updates and trends - it is essential to constantly learn, refine your skillset, and learn new skills. Prepare a proposal for your employer to invest in your professional development. Select an online program of your choice relevant to your work. Present it o your employer to cover the cost for you. If this option is not possible at your place of work, see free professional training options i.e. Coursea & SAP openSAP.
4. Ask for Constructive Feedback
Grow from Experience
Growing as a professional or business owner requires seeking constant constructive feedback. Be comfortable receiving feedback on your work and presentations. Constructive feedback focuses on what you are doing well and what you need to improve on. Great feedback will provide you with tips or suggestions to improve. A great manager will give constant feedback, but you might need to request this feedback to help you grow in your position and field of work. If you work for yourself, consider sending service reviews and surveys during and after contracts.
5. Care About Your Team and Manager
Within the space of DEI & Belonging work, most of the 4 is: Belonging. Make those whom you work with regardless of your title and their title, make them feel valued, seen, and heard. You can do this by listening to their ideas and supporting them. You can make someone feel valued by showing appreciation in the form of a gift or offering your help with a project their working on. This also includes asking about their pets, families and things they are interested in. Remember this; people will remember how you made them feel above everything else.
Above all, work and careers are important but creating a lifestyle and reputation that centres on enjoyment and fulfillment are critical pillars of your life. That is the most important. What is essential is valuable work to fill your time that brings value and happiness to your life, not the source of your existence.
Aminka Belvitt works as a international keynote speaker, equity & strategy consultant and mentor to hundreds of young women and girls. She enjoys domestic & international travel, good wine, and deliciously cooked meals. She writes on career development, personal branding, the future of work and sometimes politics.