As promised, I am making some career resolutions this year. To be honest, I reassess and make new goals throughout each year, and usually ignore the January 1 milestone. This year, though, it provides a needed opportunity to reflect and plan. So, here are my resolutions for 2011:
- To consciously connect – it’s essential in my work to stay connected with a wide variety of people, from business leaders to job seekers to thought partners and mentors; I will consciously guide my outreach during the year to ensure I connect with those that I should
- To write more – because it’s something I love, a skill I want to keep building, and it allows me to connect with people more, which, besides providing enjoyment, provides more work opportunity
- To give myself a pay raise – yes, that’s right, only not in the way you think. I’m not on salary, but I can influence my pay in a number of ways. Though I will work to increase my overall revenue this year, my primary focus here is on what I make per unit of time. So, I can do a number of things including: raise my rates, schedule more efficiently so that I have less “downtime” in between paid work, work faster on fee-based projects, and focus on higher rate work. I will actually employ all of these to some degree
- To maintain balance – I know, “balance” has almost become a dirty word it’s so cliche’, but one of the reasons I love what I do is that it provides an opportunity for balance that was almost impossible in my former life. Looking back over last year, I did pretty well. I need to keep it on my radar and I know I can do it again this year. My key tools are: aggressive prioritization and the willingness to say “no” at the right times
Sounds like a pretty heavy load, huh? Not really. All these are essential to my continued career and personal well-being, so I need to be doing them anyway.
Now, to be really effective, resolutions must have some detail or they lose their bite. Though I haven’t laid out the details here, I am doing this for myself. I hope you are too, and I wish you the very best in achieving all that you resolve to this year!