As we come to the end of 2016, we reflect on what took place this year. Are we at place in which we want to be? What do we want the most right now? How can we make ourselves better? Most of us, upon reflection, choose new year’s resolutions to better ourselves in the new year. If you’re having trouble deciding on your resolution for 2017, it’s time to just make up your mind!
December 31st is Make Up Your Mind Day. It comes at a perfect time in the year, inspiring us to stop being so indecisive and start declaring our goals! Celebrated on the last day of the year, it’s a deadline to make up your mind and make 2017 the year you achieve something great!
If you’re wanting to reach those career goals in 2017, here are just a few ways for you to make it easier to achieve them:
Organize – Get yourself organized! Create a straightforward email handle. If you still are using an email from high school with a fun name, now may be the time to get yourself a fresh one using your name. Gmail is a great professional email that comes with all the google apps. Google Calendar is a great way to get yourself organized. The calendar can easily link to your phone and send you email alerts. Google Drive also helps to store all your important documents. Getting organized is the first step in preparing yourself to reach those goals.
Update your Documents – Maybe you learned something new in this year and have yet to put that in the ‘skills’ section of your resume. Now is the time to make that update! Go through and edit your resume and your references. It’s always a good idea to keep those documents fluid and always changing as you keep learning and growing so you’re always prepared for whatever new opportunity comes along.
Get Healthy – When you’re healthy, you perform better. You’re more alert and ready to attack each day with energy and vigor. Now, we’re not talking about going on a diet, because people almost always ditch those resolutions anyway. Just try to be more active, pay a little more attention to what you eat, and get a good eight hours of sleep every night. These simple things will help you be your best, and they’re easier to achieve than a restrictive diet (that may not be all that healthy for you anyway).
Learn Something New – Take a class in the new year. There are so many ways for you to keep learning, thanks to the internet. For example, try signing up for a free online class at Coursera. It’s simple, easy, and you can complete the classes while in your pajamas. You can also learn by arranging informational interviews. If you’re looking to jumpstart your career, try reaching out to someone in that field and arrange an informational sit-down in which you ask them about their job and how they got to that point in their career. You can check out how to score an informational interview here.
Work on Projects – If you’re waiting around for that perfect job, you may be waiting a long time. Until then, occupy yourself with personal projects that help propel you toward your professional goal. For instance, if you want to be a writer, start an awesome online blog for people to read your stuff. If you want to open a bakery, start a small catering business from your home. Grow a foundation and really get out there.
With so many resources available, it’s becoming easier and easier to just go out there and make things happen for yourself. So let’s do exactly as the day says, and make up our minds to decide that 2015 will be the year we achieve our greatest goals! Happy Make Up Your Mind Day!
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