Happy New Year!!!!
2016 is over and I hope that all your goals are marked as done because the 2017 will be even harder for you and for all your achievements that you put on your list and I hope that you have done for the 2017 the achievements list, right?
Why do we need such a list of achievements for the year to come?
Because this is the way you can see your success and this is The One Thing Successful People Do Every Day.
In this century, we’re all very busy wit our life. We all have infinite achievements and to-do lists that fill up faster than we can cross off the most urgent tasks. Being busy makes you feel productive, but it could be getting in the way of your most important project: YOU AND YOUR LIFE.
“Busy”, or “to active”, is the most reason that people give me for not doing anything to build their one brand so that they can grow their career.
They make schedule time for emails and meetings and teleconferences, but they are not there, active, to capture the true benefits of all those activities. Most every time they are thinking of something else and they are not concentrated to the NOW moment.
Working IN their career is getting in the way of working ON their career. Sounds familiar?
Well, here’s the one personal branding habit you can’t be too busy for.
Document your wins.
The easiest way to do that? Keep a journal. Why? When you write down the day’s achievements, you will:
1. Acknowledge what makes you great. Nobody can notice your daily victories better as you. Your team members and clients are too busy to notice that, so it’s important to take a brief moment for self-congratulations. It’s a great confidence builder, and it helps you quantify and assess your strengths. Don’t forget to record the seemingly small triumphs, even the personal ones (“met the deadline despite cranky vendors … stayed calm under pressure!”).
2. See the difference between meeting goals because of motivation and meeting goals despite burnout. If you take an extra 90 seconds and record not only what you achieved, but how it felt to accomplish the task, you’ll get a great reality check. You’ll realize which activities and co-workers make you happy and which ones fill you with dread. This self-awareness is critical as you decide where you want to go with your career. It’s not just about “doing,” it’s about doing the things that energize you. This will also help you know when to take action, giving priority to the projects that will have the greatest impact for your career, your team and your company.
3. Get a clear picture of the kind of work you are doing. Do you find yourself in leadership roles? Are you perfectly content to execute someone else’s plans? Which types of projects do you prefer? Are you repeating an inefficient process over and over?
4. Shine during your weekly or monthly team meeting with your boss. You can speak clearly and articulately about all you accomplished in the prior week or month, and you’ll be the one with the latest facts when it’s time to deliver a progress report.
5. Easily prepare a dazzling portfolio for your annual review – the one that’s tied to your bonus and promotion! If you’ve written them down, you’re not going to forget those great things you did in January when you get to your annual review in December. At the end of the year, you’ll have a complete list of accomplishments – approximately 260 entries. You can go through the list and highlight, sort, combine – whatever suits your style. And you’ll have a competitive edge, because you’ll have well-organized evidence. Instead of a vague conversation, you can have a full-blown presentation that showcases all the times you saved the company money, brought in business, made customers happy, and otherwise saved the day. If you’re invited to interview at another organizations, these materials (except confidential ones, of course) translate into a great career-marketing portfolio. If you’re in business for yourself, a job journal is even more essential because it can enhance your pitch.
So how do you do it? Follow these three steps:
1. Choose a consistent place and time of day. The job journal should become one of your favorite habits.
2. Until it becomes a habit, add it to your do-list or calendar. It’s an important activity that deserves to be a high priority in your life.
3. Do it.
Thanks to William Arruda for the advice!