Well, it’s 354 days until Christmas 2020. Are you excited? We hope so, but not for the reasons you might be thinking. We’re quite happy to have a break from all the food and festivities for now!
As is the tradition of early January, people start talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Things that they want to do differently from the year before, and you might hear people saying “new year, new me” quite a lot too. In some ways, this can be really positive – who doesn’t want to keep on improving themselves? – but in others, it can leave you feeling a little inadequate. Resolutions have a tendency to fall by the wayside after a month or two of good intentions, and that can leave you feeling worse than before.
We prefer a “new year, better me” approach. You’re amazing as you are, but you can always make some adjustments to broaden that smile and make yourself feel happier, right?
Here are our top tips for making positive changes in 2020, how to stick to them, and how to make this year better than the last.
Set yourself SMART goals.
Not just restricted to the workplace, SMART is a helpful guideline for giving yourself achievable goals and targets in life. But what does it mean? SMART is an acronym standing for:
Specific – set yourself goals that are focused.
Measurable – something that you can track.
Achievable – make sure it’s actually do-able.
Relevant – applicable to where you’re at right now.
Timely – give yourself a time frame.
So… if your New Year’s Resolution is to find a new job, break that down further to make it a SMART resolution:
S – what kind of industry/sector would you like to work in?
M – do a breakdown of steps to achieve this – looking on job boards, polishing up your CV etc
A – if you’re looking to enter into a new sector, make sure you’re looking at the right level roles for your experience. You’re unlikely to come in as the new CEO, but that Administrator job could open some doors for you in the future, or a Team Leader role might be the right route if you’ve got some good leadership experience.
R – Keep focused on the task at hand.
T – there will be a few time frames at play here, so make a list (have your CV good-to-go by the end of January, start applying in February, and so on)
We hope that 2020 is a brilliant year for you all, and if you are looking for a new job this year, give us a call.