It's the end of January and last chance to make those New Year's resolutions. If you haven't yet, you might ask yourself why. What will be your focus in 2014? And how will you keep, well, focused on it?
A wise man once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing." The man was the late Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and he definitely had a point.
In the office these days, it's easy to get tied up in spreadsheets, meetings about meetings and an endless stream of emails that need your immediate attention.
When was the last time you stopped and thought about what you're doing? Are you muddling through your work week being reactive rather than proactive? Have you taken your eyes off the ball?
With the arrival of the new year, it’s a good time to start focussing on what you want to achieve in the next 12 months and what you want your “main thing” to be.
1. Build on your existing skills
If you’ve got an appraisal coming up soon, it might be an idea to give some training and development a thought. Appraisals are a great way to demonstrate to your boss how passionate you are about your job and your desire to learn and grow. Your extra skills could land you a promotion!
If you’re studying towards professional exams, planning ahead could save you time and stress further down the line.
2. Work-life balance
A lot of employers allow for flexible working patterns. Maybe you would like to spend more time with your family (or even some more time to yourself!) Flexi-time, compressed hours, working from home and part time hours are all examples of how you can get more of a work - life balance and focus on other aspects of your life that are important to you.
3. New year, new job?
If you’re looking to move jobs at some point this year, you could start by working on your CV and giving some serious thought about the type of companies you may like to work for.
Speaking to a good recruitment agency (like us!) can help too, we can keep you in the loop with market updates and speak to you about relevant vacancies when the time comes.
Whatever you have in mind for 2014, don’t push your ideas aside and keep working towards your goal.
What’s your main thing for 2014?
Stephen Covey, iMultiply, human resources, recruitment, core business, training, skills development, promotion, work-life balance, recruitment agency,
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