A couple of weeks ago we talked about ways to improve your personal life during the winter months that could surpass into the spring. Continuing with that same momentum you can make positive changes in the professional and financial areas of your life too.
Here is a list of ideas for your professional and financial makeover, and add some projects of your own.
Changes to Make in Your Professional and Financial Life:
- Learn new skills. Modern workplaces undergo rapid change at a moments notice. Continuous learning helps you to remain competitive. Take a class that will certify you for project management or a popular software package. Shadow another employee who has a job that interests you. Learning is always a good thing. It keeps your mind active.
- Attend networking events. Browse online or check the calendar in industry publications to find events that can help your career. Your employer may be willing to pay the expenses if it’s related to your current responsibilities.
- Reach out to former colleagues. When is the last time you talked with your former supervisor? Staying in touch keeps your network strong, so send them an intriguing article or invite them out to lunch.
- Tidy up your office. Banishing clutter makes it easier to think clearly. Develop a filing system that works for you, and clear off your desk at the end of the day. Starting your day at a clear desk frees up the mind & relieves the stress you may have put yourself through if your desk wasn’t cleared.
- Use your vacation days. Many employees fail to use their leave time even though studies show it makes us more productive. Plan an exotic adventure or a family getaway. You deserve to let loose and enjoy life. Relax. If you don’t want to go too far away, plan a staycation. Point is take some time out for you to relax. Use your vacation time. All work & no play makes for an overworked person. No Bueno.
- Update your resume. Keeping your resume current is a smart move even when you’re not actively searching for a job. It will be easier for you to track your accomplishments and think about your career path when you keep it current.
- Pay off debts. Becoming debt-free reduces stress and raises your future standard of living. Pay off your most expensive debts first and talk with a counselor if you need assistance. Your future self-will thank you.
- Increase your savings. Put money aside from each paycheck. You’ll feel more secure preparing for your retirement or your children’s college education. Save for a rainy day. Nothing is worse than having that rainy day hit & you are not prepared.
I am confident when you spend the winter taking steps to make changes in your life it will carry through into the spring. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.