Andrew Fennell, Contributor
Former London recruiter, founder and director of StandOut CV
The new year brings with it a chance to start afresh, take on new challenges and set yourself up for the year ahead.
For many, this will mean getting ready to take the next step in their career. This could be a new job, a promotion, or taking on new responsibilities within their existing role.
For others, this could simply mean going into the new year with a positive attitude and ready to be the best they can be at work. Whatever the case may be for you, it’s important to start the year off on the right foot.
But how do you set yourself up for a productive 2023?
Complete your pre-holiday tasks
First and foremost, you don’t want to go into the new year with a to-do list the length of your arm, trying to catch up on last year’s work. You want to enjoy your holiday without overdue projects playing on your mind.
Therefore, it’s important to make sure you complete your pre-holiday tasks to the best of your abilities, without rushing or overdoing it, of course.
Depending on your career plans, these activities will differ, but the best way to kick off the new year is going to be organized with a clean slate.
Take a proper break
Your career is a big part of your life and one which can consume a lot of your time and energy. However, resting and recharging are crucial if you want to continue to be good at your job and love what you do.
The festive season is the perfect time to unwind and spend some time with friends and family. So you need to do just that.
No matter what industry you work in, it’s important that you take a proper break wherever you can and allow yourself to go into the new year feeling refreshed and ready.
This might mean taking a few days off, switching on your’ out of office’ response to your emails, and shutting down your work computer or phone for a few days.
Although it can be tempting to dip back in or quickly reply to one or two emails, remember balance is important, and you deserve a rest.
Set tangible goals
Going into 2023, it’s a good idea to set yourself some goals that will point you in the right direction and help you to get off to a productive start.
Your goals should be as specific and relevant as possible; they must also be measurable and achievable. Give yourself a date by which you would like to achieve your goals, as this will allow you to measure your progress.
For example, if you’re looking for a new job, you might wish to set a target for how many jobs you want to apply for each week.
Alternatively, you might want to learn new skills or put the wheels in motion for securing that promotion.
Everyone’s goals will be different; just ensure these are attainable and you’re not setting yourself up for failure. You could even break larger goals down into smaller objectives so that you can tackle these one step at a time. This also makes it easier to monitor your progress.
Bridge your skills gaps with courses
It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at in your career; you are never too senior to stop learning. In fact, it is important that you are always building on your knowledge and developing your skills.
So, as well as staying up to date on the latest industry trends, it is a good idea to bridge your own personal skills gap by taking relevant online courses.
The great news is there are loads of courses and providers to choose from, so you’ll be able to find the type of study that best suits your lifestyle.
Taking online courses can be particularly important if you’re planning on changing jobs or advancing in your current position in the new year. It means you can continuously update your resume and your offering.
Monitor your progress and adapt
Once you’ve set yourself goals and begun taking the necessary steps towards achieving these, you need to make sure you stay on track.
The best way to do this is to keep checking in on yourself and revising your targets where needed.
Ask yourself, are you on track, or have you fallen behind? Is there more you can do to reach your goals? If so, what steps do you need to take?
You should also take this as an opportunity to consider any feedback you’ve received in the new year, be that from your boss, recruiters, or your colleagues.
By taking stock of what you want from your career in this way, you can take proactive steps to set targets and start working towards your larger career goals in the new year.
Give yourself a chance to relax over the festive period and go into January with a positive attitude; this will set you up for a productive 2023.
This article can be found on Forbes.com