It’s that time of year, where we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, the ‘out of office’ email is on standby and we’re ready for the Christmas festivities to begin! But before you officially sign off for a rest and recharge, make sure you have your ducks in a row. Now is the time to be preparing for 2018, whether it’s a new job or a new role you need filling, these are the things you need to start thinking about now, rather than later. And don’t worry, we understand that this is probably something you want to put the back of your mind, but when all the relaxing, boozing and all-round partying is over, the new year will be on us faster than a cape-wearing man flying in tights.
So where do you start? Well, we have created a list of 4 things to do to prepare for a year of success, that will then, hopefully, give you a clearer idea of what you want to achieve or where you want to see yourself in 6-months’ time. By doing this, it will ensure that you make these things happen, rather than letting them slip into the chaos of the new year, when the workload will hit us like a tonne of bricks.
If you knew you were in the last year of your life, would you want to be doing the work you’re doing now? If the answer is no, should you change something? How would you go about it? Steve Job’s famous quote is something we should all ask ourselves on a regular basis, because If you’re not satisfied at work, you’re never going to truly enjoy what you’re doing. An article by The Muse gives 3 great questions to ask yourself when you are unsure of what direction to take.
What am I passionate about and why?
Working in an area you have a true passion for can have an enormous impact on your career and your overall performance. Strive to work somewhere where you’ll be stimulated and challenged. Strive to work somewhere where you’ll wake up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. As the famous quote states “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”.
What Does My “Dream Job” Look Like?
Don’t jump straight into title and salary. Think about all aspects that make up our daily working lives. For example, what environment do you work best in? Do you prefer a structured, unstructured or a creative environment? Do you prefer managing others or to be given direction? Small start-up biz or working in a large team?
How Does This Job Fit into My Life?
Does this career choice fit into the rest of your life? Will this have an impact on your relationships, hobbies, family commitments, even things like fitness? Something such as a promotion could change your work like completely for the good and the bad.
This is an important question to ask yourself and reflect on. If you can pinpoint where and why you achieved peak performance, you can use this to your advantage going forward into the new year and ensure you reach that level of performance on an everyday basis. Morgan Cummins, our Senior consultant explains in his article, ‘Peak Performance: What can sports psychology teach us at work?’, that to excel at work you have to be on your best form as close to 100% as you can get. Consider the factors of how you achieved peak performance in the past, whether it’s applying a new skill, the environment you worked in at the time, the management, the team, the given task. By getting down to the nitty-gritty of it all, you can clearly identify these catalysts and use them for the next year going forward. And if you feel that you haven’t achieved peak performance over the past year, you need to ask yourself, why is this?
After reflecting is over and dusted, it’s time to set out new fresh goals for the coming year. Whether it’s hunting for a new job, aiming for a promotion, or reaching your targets consistently every month. Doing this ensures you stay focused on the results you want and helps you make them achievable.
Ask yourself, what needs to be put in place for you start the new year? You might need to reach out to people, organise meetings or set KPIs before the years out. Start the new year from the ground running, don’t wait till it’s 6-months further down the line and you’re in the same position you are in today. Get in touch with the right people so you can gather information on what you might need to prepare accordingly.
These are the questions we ask our candidates daily, so have those answers prepared when considering making that career move/progression. It’s all about setting your mindset in the right direction so that next year, will be your year!
If you are looking for a new job or a change in career, get in touch with one of our highly experienced consultants. We can help you to work out where you will add the most value in your next company, and fulfil your long-term career goals. Get in touch today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01 634 4888.
Wishing all our clients and candidates a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!