As you look back on 2018, what would you change? Consider this question on both a personal and a professional level, and take a moment to write down at least three things for each. We often say, “If I knew then what I know now…” – well, here’s your chance! Do a mental review of the past year, and literally list the things you’d change if you could.
Would you have taken a class or pursued continuing education to help you perform your job more efficiently? Perhaps you’d select a mentor at your company or in your industry, and meet with him or her on a regular basis to expand your knowledge, or simply brainstorm together. If the thought of your commute or other downtime has you rolling your eyes, consider audiobooks or podcasts, to build some enjoyment and learning into each day. There are even apps for your phone that will allow you to learn a language by investing a few minutes per day.
Did you hit the snooze button every day and crawl out of bed in the nick of time to make it to work, or did you go to bed and get up on a regular schedule that allowed for rest and recuperation? Do you wish you had made more of an effort to hit the gym, try a new group workout, or get out for a run? Did you take the time for regular medical, dental, and eye exams, or did you let those appointments slide because you were busy, or even dreaded going?
What did you do for yourself to stay mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and encourage spiritual growth? This is a great way to invest in yourself and your future. Be honest and realistic, and don’t shortchange yourself in these areas. Again, there are free apps for your phone (or websites for desktop) that can help you grow in these areas.
As you look back on 2018, do you wish you’d spent more time with your family and loved ones? If so, pick up the phone or send an invitation now to get together with someone special. Did you find your calendar filled with obligations, rather than with things you eagerly anticipated? Perhaps it’s time to say “no” to some activities and free up time for more important things.
Getting involved in your own community can have a positive impact on your outlook and well-being. Participating in volunteer opportunities, attending special events, shopping locally, and even interacting with your neighbors can help you feel more engaged. Not only do you feel valued, but you’ll brighten someone else’s day and invest in the community in which you live and work.
Did you meet or exceed your goals at work this year? Have you had a candid discussion with your boss or supervisor about how you’re doing, and ways you can continue to grow and make valuable contributions? Do you have a career path in mind, and are you on track to achieve it? Note: Just because you’re not “in charge” doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader.
Take action. What are the things you would change, personally and professionally? Write them down on a sheet of paper or a sticky note to put on your mirror. Take action now to make 2019 better for yourself, your employer, your loved ones, and your community.
At the end of 2019, I hope you look back on the past year with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Business owners, if you’re not currently partnering with a PEO, you’re missing out! Check out these 8 key indicators that a PEO could benefit your company, or call Staff One HR today at 1.800.771.7823. Contact the author directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.