Happy New Year from Impact Staffing!
Every year I make a couple of New Year’s resolutions and at least one of them is usually career focused. January is a great time to reflect on your current career situation and begin to make improvements. This year I realized that I often let projects that I know are important, but that don’t have firm deadlines, slip through the cracks. While this helps me keep up with my seemingly never ending to-do list, it often also means that projects I feel passionate about never get completed. One big example of this is the Impact Staffing blog.
I started the Impact Staffing blog last year with the intention of writing often. I had worked in the staffing industry for almost 15 years and I want to share the knowledge and experience that I had gained during that time to help both job seekers and employers.
Well, although we had a fantastic year at Impact Staffing last year and met MANY of our goals, my blog writing goal was pushed aside. So, this year, I resolve to put this project on the top of the to-do list and post on this blog once a week.
I am sharing this with you now as a result of some research on the subject of how to stick to New Year’s resolutions. I found quite a few helpful hints, but here are the 3 that I found most helpful for me.
#1 Clearly define your resolution. This seems obvious, doesn’t it? However, thinking back to past resolutions that I have broken its not. You may be tempted to resolve to “make more money” or “give back more to the community”, but these goals are vague which makes it hard to measure your success in achieving them. This can cause you to feel overwhelmed and give up on your resolutions just a few weeks into the new year. Try being more specific about the first step you want to take towards these goals. So, for example, try “I want to apply for 1 job a week with a higher pay rate than what I make now” or “I will serve dinner at the local homeless shelter once a month.” These goals are specific and attainable. This is why I chose to post once a week, rather than “more” or “often.” I had to sit down and write this today to keep me on track rather than being able to put it off until next week and swear to post twice!
#2 Tell someone else about your goal. Telling someone else about your goal holds you accountable and gives you a support system. How public you make your goal is up to you. I posted mine here for the world to see, but you may just choose to tell one friend that you trust.
#3 Don’t beat yourself up. We’re all human and we make mistakes. The important thing is not to get discouraged. Sometimes we also beat ourselves up over failure due to external factors. For example, if you have been applying for jobs for months, but you haven’t gotten any interviews, don’t just quit applying! Analyze your process, see what you could do differently, and change your approach. Don’t be afraid to let your resolution evolve as the year goes by. You may find that you end up achieving something even greater than your original goal!