10 important career questions that are useful to answer before the start of the New year
According to the wonderful author Bernard Marr, honest and thoughtful answers to these simple questions will help you understand your own goals and boost your career in the coming year.
1 are you satisfied with your work?
Are you happy? Be honest with yourself. If the answer is “Yes” – cool! Keep doing what you’re doing.
If you can’t answer ” Yes ” with 100 percent certainty, think about what you need to change in your current position to get as close to satisfaction and professional happiness as possible.
Change doesn’t have to be “great”at all. For example, you don’t have to change your job (although you can’t rule it out).
It will be better and more effective to focus on smooth and progressive movement, on sequential steps that will help you get more satisfaction from your own work.
2 what Can you do to be happy with your work?
Perhaps this is the case when you should focus only on what you know best, or, conversely, you should delegate a number of responsibilities and focus on developing new skills.
Maybe you need to pay attention to work-life balance and work on boundaries that won’t allow your work to seep into your family Affairs.
Or Vice versa. Not everyone can clearly distinguish between the two sides of their lives, and not everyone should.
3 What have you achieved this year?
It always makes sense to once again analyze your successes and failures. An annual review of your achievements helps you determine your tactical goals for the future.
— I have finally learned how to correctly compose a commercial offer, but I still avoid personal communication with clients as much as possible.
— Cold calls don’t cause any more panic attacks, but I didn’t get much results.
— I started to manage to do more in a shorter time, but productivity can still be increased if you at least sometimes disconnect from the feed in the FB.
— I stopped hiding under the table from strangers in the office, but I still can’t be called a networking genius.
4 How are you going to achieve more?
— Are you waiting for a promotion or a salary increase?
— Are you going to improve your skills in a particular field of activity?
Cool! What exactly do you intend to do for this? Be very specific when answering questions:
What do I want? and How will I do that?
What conditions should you create, how and what can influence your goals to become reality?
5 what inspires you and how?
Roughly speaking,” pret “whether you from work (we hope that Yes, otherwise why then in General to kill time there) and from what exactly (legal) you “pret”?
When we “get into the flow”, we can get carried away and even lose track of time, breaking all records of productivity and creativity.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen every day. But if you are in your place, it happens regularly. Fortunately, moments of inspiration are often, unfortunately, they just don’t last long.
Try to understand what is causing you to work up, and think about how you can catch this state more often.
6 How often do you accept a challenge and it pleases you?
If you feel a challenge and accept it with enthusiasm for at least half of your actual working time, you have already found a great job and are taking your place. If not, what would inspire you professionally? How and where can you get what inspires you?
7 are you Ready to fight with robots for a place in the sun?
Automation is a real threat to many types of professional activities. it is time to accept this as an axiom.
The more you are confined to routine activities, the more reason you have to worry about the future.
And it is not a fact that this future will not come soon.
The only thing most of us can do in this regard is to become irreplaceable.
Ask ourselves: how can I focus more on the non-routine part of my work, what skills do I need to do this, how and where do I get them, and what should be my first step in this direction?
Don’t be lazy to research the market and find out which functions in your professional niche are most likely to be automated first.
And don’t be afraid of the inevitable. It’s better to find something that the robots won’t capture and focus on it.
8 do you have clear goals?
If not, the end of the year is a great time to think about them. And it will be very good if you find these goals and formulate them.
Everyone is afraid of the notorious “five-year plan”, and no one wants to bother with it. This is understandable.
But this approach can really help you move forward. In order to achieve some big goals, it makes sense to break them down into smaller, understandable and achievable steps in the foreseeable future.
9 what Would you like to achieve exactly one year from now?
So, in order to achieve anything, it is necessary to break down the movement towards a large final goal into a sequence of steps. Leave your ambitious plan to take over the universe for a while and focus on the visible part of it. That is, on what exactly you want to come to exactly in one calendar year.
10 What is your main goal?
How can you achieve it? And again, concrete steps and steps. It can be anything: lose 5 kilograms of weight, quit Smoking, spend no more than two hours a day in social networks, start helping parents, get involved in a startup.
The problem with our goals is often the uncertainty of how we might achieve them.
Moreover, sometimes this uncertainty is the only problem.
So identify every step you can take towards your goal next year — and you will immediately increase the likelihood that you will be able to achieve your goal (or at least get close to it), and get a positive experience from the fact that you can actually do it.