While most of us are now physically back at work, it may be another week or so before many of us are actually mentally back on the job. Good thing is, your boss is probably feeling the same way so this week it’s going to be easier to fly under the radar. However, given you still have to show up, the day can go painfully slow if you don’t keep yourself occupied in some capacity. So why not use this time to conduct a mini audit of your work life and set some clear objectives?
I can already hear you writing the list in your head…
This year I want to…
….ask for pay rise
….get a promotion
…complete that training course.
There we go, job done! But alas, if only life was so simple. The reality is that for the majority of us, the likelihood of a pay rise or promotion being handed to us on the back of us ‘doing a good job’ is basically non-existent. Even those high achievers who ‘exceed expectations’ are facing slim pickings of attractive offers from grateful employers. Gone are the days where we turn to and rely on our employer to shower us with reward and opportunity.
It’s time for you to create your own. And when I say ‘own’, don’t worry, you can still do this from the comfort and safety of your current employers desk!
Here’s some things for consideration to get you excited about how you can take back control of your work life, so you can still achieve meaning and fulfilment without relying on your employer:
Dare to dream
While starting a business may not be on everyone’s bucket list, I’m sure most of us have still thought about being our own boss. Why not give it some more serious thought? If you had $100k to go and start a business tomorrow, what would you do? Starting to allow this unbridled thinking into your professional world may open your eyes to new opportunities, networks and possibilities.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” Alice in Wonderland
Just go and Google shit and open your eyes to new things. There are amazing things happening out there — all at the click of a button!
This time of year is prime for membership renewals and subscriptions to come due. Take stock of everything you subscribe to, both paid and free. Make a point to unsubscribe from anything you haven’t looked at in the past 6 months. Personally, I have just got into the habit of deleting generic emails I have at one point subscribed to rather than going to the effort to unsubscribe. Make the effort — your inbox will thank you for it.
Alumni of you
Job hopping is the new normal, with most of us likely to have a new job every couple of years. Regardless of whether or not you liked your old employer, chances are you at least liked or respected someone who worked there. LinkedIn has in some regards made us slightly lazy/complacent in keeping up our personal professional relationships. Why not reach out to a past colleague and make the effort to catch up for a coffee to see what’s happening in their world?
I know we can all get a bit desensitised to tragedy with so much happening in the world it can all become a bit overwhelming. Where do you start? How can I make a difference? Well why not think a bit more local. Do you have a friend, sibling, work colleague trying to do something who could benefit from your input? Maybe you could make an introduction on their behalf for a networking opportunity. Maybe you have a friend involved in a charity you’d like to donate your time to one weekend. Sometimes we forget that the people we are closest to could use a little leg up.
Just some things to consider while you still have the mental capacity to allow yourself to dream a little. 😉