With 2021 just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about how you can further your professional career in the New Year. Here are 10 easy goals you can set to excel in the workplace and expand your professional career in 2021.
Learn a New Skill
Regardless of how skilled you are in your field, there is always room to learn something new. If there is one thing you have been meaning to learn but never have, put it on your list of goals to accomplish in the new year. Learning a new skill can be exciting and can benefit your work and future career.
Starting healthier habits are almost everyone’s list for the new year, but what about during the workday? If you spend eight or more hours of your day working, consider what you can do to stay healthy during that time. Start by setting 3 small goals like packing your own lunch, taking the stairs if possible, and making sure to get up every hour to stretch. These small changes can often go a long way.
Read a Career Related Book
Even if reading is not really your thing, it is a great way to exercise your mind. Try picking up a book related to your career that can help you excel in your field. Regardless of what you already know, reading a book on professional development is a great way to get a new perspective.
Create One New Professional Networking Connection a Month
Networking is one of the best ways to expand your connections in the professional world. You come across interesting people on a regular basis so try to take the time and listen to them. These people may be the connection to your next career move or side gig. Make sure to reach out to them on LinkedIn to grow your digital network.
Get a New Professional Headshot
When was the last time you had a headshot taken? If you can’t remember, it is probably time to get a new one. Having a relevant and up-to-date picture of yourself on professional networks such as LinkedIn are important. An up to date headshot allows other business professionals to catch a glimpse of who you are both professionally and personally.
Join a Professional Organization
If you haven’t already, start looking into professional organizations to join. The benefits you can receive from the connections made in these organizations are priceless. A good conference hosted by an organization can be very beneficial to your network and allow you to meet other professionals in your field. To find an association that aligns with your professional career, ask your colleagues and managers if they are active in any professional organizations. You can also always rely on LinkedIn or Google to help you with your search.
With so much negativity going on in the world, take some time to give back and spread joy. Find a cause that is meaningful to you and investigate how you can contribute. Whether it’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, raising money for the community, or participating in a 5K for Breast Cancer Awareness, every act is an act of kindness. You can even try and get your company involved by pitching your cause and recruiting co-workers to help volunteer.
Measure Your Work-Life Balance
You often hear about people getting burned out due to their job, so think about how your own career is affecting your personal life. Creating a work-life balance that works for you is important, not only for your career but your mental health. Finding harmony in your work and personal life can improve your work ethic and overall happiness in the workplace.
Clean Out Your Email Inbox
How often do you really go through every single one of your emails to clean out your inbox? More likely than not, your inbox contains old emails you no longer need. Take some time to organize your email by creating different folders to keep your emails sorted and deleted emails you no longer need. Having an organized inbox can make you feel a little bit lighter every time you sign in.
Follow A New Blog
Sign up for a professional blog that is relevant to your professional career development. In a world of free information, there is a blog out there for everyone. Find a blog that you enjoy and sign up to follow it. Blogs will often send emails with their content directly to you as well.
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