By Marissa Cristina
Resolutions and goal setting is not just a January thing so today we challenge you to think about your resolutions for the last quarter of 2019 and we’ve got a few items we challenge you to think about and maybe add into to your Get It Done Planner goal setting section. We want you to try and tackle 3-5 of these before the year comes to an end. Feels crazy to say that but here we go!
1. Build your personal brand.
Whether you think you think you have one or not, you are actively developing your personal brand every day both through social media and the way you interact with people everyday. You might have a different personal brand at work than you do wit your friends. It starts with how you dress, how you speak and present yourself that really conveys competence and confidence. Give this some thought over the coming week and put together a list of keywords that really represent you in the best way and then put that into a 3 month action plan of how you’re going to really hone in on that. This also means that your LinkedIn should be in top shape, your Instagram bio should be polished up and your resume could probably use a little freshening up as well.
2. Get networking.
It’s always wise to expand your circle. It’s important that you develop relationships outside of work (and your friends circle) to have more opportunities for future growth both personally and professionally. Also, you never know who you might meet and what opportunities they might present to you. So I want you to add to your planner that you’re going to go to 2 networking events a month and make a point of making at least 2 meaningful connections.
3. Acquire a new skill.
We often gravitate towards the things we know we’re good at. We end up building and building on skills we already know (and love), leaving the trickier stuff for a rainy day. Well, that rainy day is here and I challenge you to commit to doing something new for the last 3 months of the year. Whether this is something you practice daily or weekly is up to you but there are tons of resources out there that can help you get started like Udemy, and Skillshare or Duolingo if you’re opting for learning a new language. I’m thinking Italian is next on my list!
4. Give back to someone that’s just starting out.
I remember how much this meant to me when I was starting out in my career. I would reach out to women I looked up to and nothing was more amazing than sitting down for coffee with them hearing about their stories. The amazing thing is that now I’ve stepped into that role myself and I challenge you to do the same. Being a mentor can take many shapes and forms but find someone you can take under your wing until the rest of the year; I know for a fact they will never forget it. This can be as simple as well-timed, encouraging words before a big meeting or presentation.
5. Fit your career into your life, not the other way around.
Let’s promise to not make our work our whole entire world. I know better than anyone that it’s easy to get carried away with your work but while our jobs should be exciting enough to get us out of bed every day, our lives are made of so much more. Over these next few months, I want you to recommit to the mindset that your job is just one of the many pieces of your life that add up to who you are.