Refresh your Career – plan a summer review

It’s nearly the end of June – wow! How did that happen? Before you disappear on your holidays make some time for a quick summer career review. Check in on what you’ve achieved so far this year and celebrate what’s gone well (maybe with a glass of fizz or a slice of cake!). Then think about the next 6 months – what do you need to refresh or tweak to keep your career aims on track?

Don’t feel you have time to stop and think about your career?  How long do you need? 5 – 10 minutes reflection time can be really powerful.

What does a mini-career review involve?

My 5 minute summer career review will give you chance to take a moment for reflection, ask yourself some searching questions and refocus your energy for the rest of the year.

Firstly find some quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.  Think about being somewhere different such as your garden and grab a notebook and a pen, and then we’re ready.

Reconnect to the career goal you set yourself at the beginning of the year (if you didn’t get round to setting any career goals this year read my blog on Why you need a road map for your career and use this opportunity to identify your career goals). Answer the following questions – make a note of your answers:

  • What has gone well in my career in the last 6 months?
  • What could have gone better?
  • Who have I enjoyed working with and why?
  • What have I learnt in that time both personally and professionally?
  • What still needs to happen?

The last question is really important as it gives you chance to focus on the next 6 months. You can identify what you need to do to realise your career goal whether that is changing careers or jobs, getting promotion or working on some new projects.

How to get motivated

  • Don’t get hung up on a SMART goal (they can make it a bit dull) instead phrase your goal in a way that is clear and motivating for you. Focusing towards something usually works best. For example ‘I want to be in a challenging more senior role in a larger company where I can learn x skills by the end of the year’. If you find yourself phrasing it in ‘away from’ style for example, ‘I don’t want to be in the same job next year’ try and turn it into something more motivating such as ‘ I want to be in a vibrant and dynamic new company where I can look forward to going to work’.
  • Keep your goal alive. Find what works for you but consider whether an image, a word, screensaver can represent your goal and keep it active and in your line of sight. So often we set a goal and then it gathers dust in a drawer – you need to be able to tap into it’s motivating energy on a regular basis. Or use futureme.org to send yourself regular reminder emails to keep you on track.
  • Celebrate what you have done – yes, give yourself a pat on the back and a reward. Don’t focus on on what you haven’t done yet.
  • Develop a motivation mindset. Check in on your self belief – do you feel you can achieve your goal or do you have doubts creeping in? Identify any blocks and think about how you can overcome them. I like to write them down and develop a strategy for each one to stop it circulating in my head! If you need some help overcoming your doubts and your inner critic have a look at my book Developing your Inner Coach.
  • Find an accountability buddy. Staying on track can be the hardest thing if you feel there is no accountability. Sharing this by reporting in and updating on progress can be really useful at making you get on with it. I run a monthly Accountability and Motivation programme for clients and they have found it incredibly helpful. If this is something you feel would make all the difference do get in touch.

Don’t just drift in your career, take control and use today as your motivation to stop, reflect and plan.

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Time for a Spring Career Review

Spring is finally here! After a long and cold winter, the warm weather and blossoming trees have arrived at last. Spring is always a great time to check in and do a career review for the first quarter of 2020. Are you achieving what you set out at the beginning of the year?

We often feel we don’t have time to stop and spend time thinking BUT it’s really important to build in review time to both celebrate what you have achieved and decide how you want to use the rest of the year to get closer to your goal.

How to carry out a 5 Minute Career Review

My 5 minute career review will give you chance to take a moment for reflection, ask yourself some searching questions and refocus your energy for the rest of the year.

Firstly find some quiet space where you won’t be disturbed, maybe think about being somewhere different such as your garden and grab a notebook and a pen, and then we’re ready.

Reconnect to the career goal you set yourself at the beginning of the year (if you didn’t get round to setting any career goals this year read my blog on Why you need a road map for your career and use this opportunity to identify your career goals) and answer the following questions – make a note of your answers:

  • What has gone well in my career in the last 6 months?
  • What could have gone better?
  • What have I learnt in that time both personally and professionally?
  • Who have I enjoyed working with and why?
  • What still needs to happen?

The last question of the career review is really important as it gives you chance to focus on the next 9 months and what you need to do to realise your career goal whether that is changing careers or jobs, getting promotion or working on some new projects to gain new skills and develop your career.

How to get motivated

  • Don’t get hung up on a SMART goal (they can make it a bit dull) instead phrase your goal in a way that is clear and motivating for you. Focusing towards something usually works best, for example ‘I want to be in a challenging more senior role in a larger company where I can learn x skills by the end of the year’. If you find yourself phrasing it in ‘away from’ style for example, ‘I don’t want to be at this year’s xmas party’ try and turn it into something more motivating such as ‘ I want to be in a vibrant and dynamic new company where I can look forward to going to the xmas party’.
  • Keep your goal alive. Find what works for you but consider whether an image, a word, screensaver can represent your goal and keep it active and in your line of sight. So often we set a goal and then it gathers dust in a drawer – you need to be able to tap into it’s motivating energy on a regular basis. Or use futureme.org to send yourself regular reminder emails to keep you on track.
  • Celebrate what you have done – yes, give yourself a pat on the back and a reward. Don’t focus on on what you haven’t done yet.
  • Develop a motivation mindset. Check in on your self belief – do you feel you can achieve your goal or do you have doubts creeping in? Identify any blocks and think about how you can overcome them. I like to write them down and develop a strategy for each one to stop it circulating in my head! If you need some help overcoming your doubts and your inner critic have a look at my book Developing your Inner Coach.
  • Find an accountability buddy. Staying on track can be the hardest thing if you feel there is no accountability so sharing this by reporting in and updating on progress can be really useful at making you get on with it. I run a monthly Accountability and Motivation programme for clients and they have found it incredibly helpful. If this is something you feel would make all the difference do get in touch.

Don’t just drift in your career, take control and use Spring as your motivation to stop, reflect and plan.

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

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Your 5 minute Midwinter Career Review

In a few weeks it’ll be the Winter Solstice, marking the middle of winter. Traditionally a time of feasting and dancing to celebrate the longest night of the year, it can still be an opportunity to celebrate but why not use it as a chance to celebrate your career instead?  If it feels too crazy before Christmas to fit it in then schedule it for the time between Christmas and New year when there’s not so much going on. All you need is 5 minutes and a notebook and pen and then you’re ready for your Career Review.

How can a Career Review help?

Think of this as an opportunity to be in control of your career, to avoid drifting and be proactive in getting what you want. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate what you have achieved, which we often forget to do, instead focusing on what we haven’t done. Plus you can learn from your experiences in the year which will increase your career resilience and adaptability.

Your Midwinter Career Review is a fantastic chance to set your intention for next year and start 2019 with clarity about what you want from your career. If you need help with this read my Career Roadmap blog

What to do in your 5 Minute Career Review

My 5 minute career review will give you chance to take a moment for reflection, ask yourself some searching questions and refocus your energy for next year.

Firstly find some quiet space where you won’t be disturbed, maybe think about being somewhere different such as your favourite cafe, then grab a notebook and a pen, and you’re ready.

Reconnect to the career goal you set yourself at the beginning of the year and answer the following questions – make a note of your answers:

  • What am I proud of in my career?
  • What do I feel was successful?
  • What were my major challenges in the last year?
  • What have I learnt in that time both personally and professionally?
  • Who have I enjoyed working with and why?
  • What do I want for my career in 2018?

The last question is really important as it gives you chance to focus on the next 12 months and what you need to do to realise your career goal whether that is changing careers or jobs, getting promotion or working on some new projects.

How to get motivated

  • Don’t get hung up on a SMART goal (they can make it a bit dull) instead phrase your goal in a way that is clear and motivating for you. Focusing towards something usually works best, for example ‘I want to be in a challenging more senior role in a larger company where I can learn x skills by the end of the year’.
  • Keep your goal alive. Find what works for you but consider whether an image, a word, or a quote can represent your goal, keep it active and in your line of sight. So often we set a goal and then it gathers dust in a drawer – you need to be able to tap into it’s motivating energy on a regular basis. Or use futureme.org to send yourself regular reminder emails to keep you on track.
  • Celebrate what you have done – yes, give yourself a pat on the back and a reward. Don’t focus on on what you haven’t done yet.
  • Develop a motivation mindset. Check in on your self belief – do you feel you can achieve your goal or do you have doubts creeping in? Identify any blocks and think about how you can overcome them. I like to write them down and develop a strategy for each one to stop it circulating in my head! If you need some help overcoming your doubts and your inner critic have a look at my book Developing your Inner Coach.
  • Find an accountability buddy. Staying on track can be the hardest thing if you feel there is no accountability so sharing this by reporting in and updating on progress can be really useful at making you get on with it. I run a monthly Accountability and Motivation programme for clients and they have found it incredibly helpful. If this is something you feel would make all the difference do get in touch.

Don’t just drift in your career, take control and the solstice as your motivation to stop, reflect and plan. In December and January I am offering a special one hour super focused Career Planning coaching session to get you clear about next year as well as giving you a confidence boost through celebrating what you have achieved this year. If you would like to go deeper and get some help to be clear about the progress you want to make next year and are interested in discovering more about this session and the early bird price get in touch here.

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Your 5 minute Midsummer Career Review

It’s midsummer’s day today, and while it might be tempting to visit Stonehenge to celebrate the beautiful weather, you can use this milestone instead to trigger a review of your career in 2017. Are you achieving what you set out at the beginning of the year?

We often feel we don’t have time to stop and spend time thinking BUT it’s really important to build in review time to both celebrate what you have achieved and decide how you want to use the rest of the year to get closer to your goal.

How to carry out a 5 Minute Career Review

My 5 minute career review will give you chance to take a moment for reflection, ask yourself some searching questions and refocus your energy for the rest of the year.

Firstly find some quiet space where you won’t be disturbed, maybe think about being somewhere different such as your garden and grab a notebook and a pen, and then we’re ready.

Reconnect to the career goal you set yourself at the beginning of the year (if you didn’t get round to setting any career goals this year read my blog on Why you need a road map for your career and use this opportunity to identify your career goals) and answer the following questions – make a note of your answers:

  • What has gone well in my career in the last 6 months?
  • What could have gone better?
  • What have I learnt in that time both personally and professionally?
  • Who have I enjoyed working with and why?
  • What still needs to happen?

The last question is really important as it gives you chance to focus on the next 6 months and what you need to do to realise your career goal whether that is changing careers or jobs, getting promotion or working on some new projects.

How to get motivated

  •  Don’t get hung up on a SMART goal (they can make it a bit dull) instead phrase your goal in a way that is clear and motivating for you. Focusing towards something usually works best, for example ‘I want to be in a challenging more senior role in a larger company where I can learn x skills by the end of the year’. If you find yourself phrasing it in ‘away from’ style for example, ‘I don’t want to be at this year’s xmas party’ try and turn it into something more motivating such as ‘ I want to be in a vibrant and dynamic new company where I can look forward to going to the xmas party’.
  • Keep your goal alive. Find what works for you but consider whether an image, a word, screensaver can represent your goal and keep it active and in your line of sight. So often we set a goal and then it gathers dust in a drawer – you need to be able to tap into it’s motivating energy on a regular basis. Or use futureme.org to send yourself regular reminder emails to keep you on track.
  • Celebrate what you have done – yes, give yourself a pat on the back and a reward. Don’t focus on on what you haven’t done yet.
  • Develop a motivation mindset. Check in on your self belief – do you feel you can achieve your goal or do you have doubts creeping in? Identify any blocks and think about how you can overcome them. I like to write them down and develop a strategy for each one to stop it circulating in my head! If you need some help overcoming your doubts and your inner critic have a look at my book Developing your Inner Coach.
  • Finally find an accountability buddy. Staying on track can be the hardest thing if you feel there is no accountability so sharing this by reporting in and updating on progress can be really useful at making you get on with it. I run a monthly Accountability and Motivation programme for clients and they have found it incredibly helpful. If this is something you feel would make all the difference do get in touch.

Don’t just drift in your career, take control and use today as your motivation to stop, reflect and plan.

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