Archive for December, 2009

10 Steps to Jumpstart Your Career in 2010

December 19, 2009

I plan to put a few days aside, within the next couple of weeks, to prepare my business and myself for the New Year. I thought I would share with you what I will be doing – maybe these actions will help you get off to a great start in 2010.

1) Clean out all the excess you have lying around – it’s amazing how things can pile up. Handle all of those things you’ve been meaning to get to one day.

2) Update your contact list and your Internet profiles. Check addresses (mail and email) from family, friends and business associates to make sure they are current. Make sure each of your profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc present the image you want to present. (see the rest on my blog)

3) Get a “Month-At-A-Glance” Calendar. Electronic gadgets are great to use on a daily basis, but there are times we need to plan the whole month. That way you won’t overload your schedule and can see all your appointments and events at one time – it makes it easier to spread things out and see the big picture.

4) Find a quiet time for yourself. Take care of yourself, and that includes finding some alone time each day/week to reflect on what it is you really want in life.

5) Create & Organize a Workspace. Have a special spot/room to work in while conducting your job search, and organize it to best meet your specific needs.

6) Set up a system to stay organized in 2010. Find a way to eliminate the piles that accumulate; just make sure it works for you – streamline and update.

7) Wrap up your year-end financials. Take care of deductions before Dec. 31st. Pay your taxes and IRA contributions. Use your bonus to pay down high interest items.

8) Take action on the things you have been meaning to do. Maybe you have been meaning to get a passport, review your insurance papers, or open an IRA. Set aside some specific time to accomplish whatever it is you’ve been putting off.

9) Set your SMART goals/intentions for 2010. Think of the outcomes you want to achieve within the next three to six months. Identify the steps needed to get you there. Make sure your goals/intentions are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed.

10) Create your written Plan of Action to achieve your goals/intentions. Put a plan of action into place, schedule time in your day/week to do it and then carry out the necessary steps to accomplish it. Set milestones on your calendar and measure your progress along the way.

Are You Getting Prepared for the New Year?

December 2, 2009

With 2009 quickly coming to a close, it is time to take a deep breath and take a little time to reflect on what this past year has brought about for you. Whether you consider it good or bad, it’s time to celebrate your successes, face your losses and set your top goal for the New Year. Consider these “Top 3 Must Dos” as 2009 comes to an end, and stand on solid ground in anticipation of what 2010 will bring.

Celebrate your successes. A lot has happened over the past 12 months. But, as you go day-by-day, it’s hard to remember what you have accomplished along the way. Everything seems to turn into a blur and we often forget the wonderful things we have done throughout the year. Think about the actions you have taken each month and how they have led to bigger successes.

Before this year ends, jot down all of the wins you’ve accomplished this year. Focus on each month, beginning with January. Write them down, whether they are big or small, and whether they are from your personal or professional life. Then own it. Revel in your success, and use it as a foundation to build on.

Face your losses. What didn’t go the way you had planned over the past year? What setbacks did you have? When we face our losses, we allow them to be put behind us so we can move forward. Often it’s the pain in our lives that allows us to take big leaps forward. If we weren’t uncomfortable, many of us would not put out much effort to make things better – we get trapped in our comfort zones. There is no need to brush mistakes under the rug. Let your setbacks form the goals you want to set for the New Year. Learn from them. That’s how you grow.

Set your top goal for the New Year. If you could accomplish something meaningful in the New Year, what would it be? Concentrate on just one goal. Think about what would bring you alive each morning, what would get you engaged and excited about life. Maybe it’s taking your family to Disney World, getting that promotion you know is a great fit for you, or being able to work just four days a week. Brainstorm a list of ideas, then pick the top goal that feels like the best for you.

Your goal should have the right mix of tension and flexibility. Put enough stretch in your goal to make it enticing, yet with a touch of slack to make it doable. Next, get specific. Be sure you know what you’ll do by when. Write your goal down and post it in a visible area where you look at it every day. Now, you have something to look forward to.

By celebrating your successes, facing your losses and setting your top goal for the New Year, you are giving yourself a great gift – one of completion and inspiration.