Written by Michael Wozniuk, Senior Marketing Consultant, Heinz Marketing
We’re halfway through January, so you’ll probably already have a pretty good performance for the year. Maybe you have a New Year’s resolution and you’re in the middle of it, or a laundry list of things you want to achieve this year. Or maybe you’re just optimistic about 2022 and take things as they are.
Wherever you find yourself, it is important to continue to make time for personal and professional growth. When life is busy, it’s easy to sit on autopilot. Then, the next thing you know, it’s the end of the year and you’re thinking about the things you’ve always wanted to do.
Making a plan starting in January is a great way to start the year and make sure you end up on the right track. Here are four personal and professional growth tips for you to consider incorporating in 2022.
Set goals for yourself
This first one may seem too obvious, but there’s more to it than you think. When setting goals, think beyond the KPIs you are responsible for at work or any other goals your company might set for you. here they are deliberate your goals set for yourself. This can include a combination of career or career goals and the things you want to achieve in your personal life. Think about the things you want to learn, the skills you want to acquire, and what will set you up for success a year or two from now.
De-clutter your physical and mental space
Next, declutter your physical and mental space. These two often meet together and can have a huge impact on your motivation and productivity. By cleaning up your workspace (or home in general), you remove distractions and free your mind to focus on other things.
For a mental retreat, consider meditating first thing in the morning, going for an afternoon walk, or writing your journal before you go to bed. Staying organized and making to-do lists can also help avoid sudden 2 a.m. wake-up calls when you realize you’ve forgotten something. Finally, make sure you get enough sleep so that you wake up refreshed and ready to go the next day.
Spend time on professional development
Setting career and career-related goals is great, but it isn’t All Professional development should align with your goals. It can take a few minutes each day to connect on LinkedIn, watch an online course, or read some blog posts along the way in regards to building a general knowledge of the industry. Plus, you never know what you learn or who you meet today may affect you in the future.
Here is a list of 5 professional development resources and motivational and self-development books for 2022 if you’re looking for some specific recommendations.
Invest in yourself outside of work
This last tip is arguably the most important – invest in yourself outside of work. When you’re stuck in a pattern of getting up and working all day and coming home and doing it again the next day, it’s really easy to forget to do things on your own. Yes, work hard. But don’t grind very hard, or you’ll burn. Think about the things you love to do, or maybe you even loved. Or start a whole new hobby. Spend time with friends and family who support you. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you fill up so you can put yourself back together again.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful as you continue to prepare for 2022. Remember – it’s never too late to set goals, learn new things, do the things you love and invest in yourself. a happy New Year!