Part 1 of Get S#it Done between Now and the End of the Year laid the foundation for our plan over the next six months. In that blog, I covered:
- Defining what needs to get done (including those Big Dreams on your plate)
- Chunking your bigger goals into quarterly/monthly/weekly and finally daily action items
- Finding the time in your schedule
- Measuring your productivity
In this blog, I focus on how to keep motivated throughout the rest of the year and where to look for guidance in advancing your skills and/or getting those Big Goals completed.
Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!
Seek guidance and inspiration in the office
Let your boss know that you’re looking to up your skills.Giving them a heads-up sends a clear sign that you are a team player who is eager to contribute and that you are open to developing your skills. Keep in mind that getting your boss on your side could open up new opportunities for you.
- my earlier blog posts for advice on how to do this.) I’ve had a mentor for most of my career – none were through a formal program. I hand-picked each person depending on what I needed at that moment in my career journey. I HIGHLY recommend this.
Find out about professional development opportunities.Make a case to your boss for the time and funding to participate in them. Professional meetings and conferences, in-person courses, online webinars—these are just a few of the many options out there. (And if you see a development or education need among your colleagues or staff, see if you can bring in a speaker or training for onsite sessions to benefit your entire group!)
Enlist the support of a trusted colleague.
Being able to bounce ideas off someone who isn’t your boss can help you explore possibilities more freely. I typically try to find someone who’s slightly more senior to me as they can give aspiration guidance.
Seek guidance and inspiration for your personal goals too
Enlist an accountability coach.As a coach myself (although in leadership), I know the value of finding an outside party to help with accountability. I find myself in need now. In early 2021, I started my third book – this one a fiction story that’s been rolling around in my head for a while. My mom passed away unexpectedly at the end of March 2021 and I have to admit, I’ve been unmotivated to pick up the writing again. I’m hiring a coach to help hold me accountable as I get back in the swing of things. I followed this same plan for my previous two books and BOOM – two books in print!
Learn from the pros.
There’s no shortage of folks who are happy to share their success stories in published books (check out your local library!) and in online media (blogs, social media, YouTube, etc.). I was gifted a MasterClass session with Thomas Keller (the famed chef from French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in NY) and WOW was that fun! Of course, there is ZERO that guy made online that I could make it home, but it was fun watching him put it together! I thought I would try a couple writing courses as well (their line-up is pretty fierce including Dan Brown, Shonda Rhimes and Aaron Sorkin just to name a few!).
As you look to others for advice, don’t undermine yourself. You should give credit where it’s due—and that includes to yourself. Remember, your accomplishments and growth have created the path that you’re on right now!
Get in the right frame of mind
The power of positive thinking is real! If you find yourself full of doubt and uncertainty, remind yourself that you can do it!
This is really important for our employees as well as for ourselves! Publicly congratulating an employee when their hard work pays off not only increases their engagement (and retention) but also can have a ripple effect among their colleagues and improve overall morale. And don’t forget to appreciate your own accomplishments, too! I don’t think any of us celebrate enough. Instead, we just move on to the next project. SLOW DOWN for just a second and congratulate yourself on getting stuff done! Little things – big things, if we don’t recognize success, we become immune to it and then we’re in this never-ending cycle of not quite being happy.
What is your favorite way to celebrate a Win (big OR small)?!?!?
Don’t burn yourself out.
Take breaks when you need them: vacations, massages, spa days, Netflix binge days—whatever will let you take a step back from your work and recharge your batteries. Recognize that your employees need breaks, too!
Remember that your employees, your colleagues, and your bosses are human, which means they’re all constantly dealing with their own challenges and feelings. Do your best to relate to other people with compassion and understanding. Oh, and that same empathy you give to others, turn it on yourself when you start beating yourself up for not quite being perfect.
Focus on mental and physical health.
Many people have struggled to cope with the stress of the past few years and have fallen into unhealthy eating, sleep, and exercise habits during that time. Support staff who seek to help to improve their mental or physical well-being. (And don’t neglect yourself, too!)
Keep the big picture in mind
Which events and accomplishments do you feel really good about? Which ones do you wish had gone differently? No need to be too harsh on yourself: your goal here isn’t to engage in self-flagellation but to identify where course correction might be needed.
No one wants to be a simple cog in a wheel, so be sure that you are engaged in work that holds some meaning for you.
Start creating your own “30 ways” list.
As the saying goes, “Your mileage may vary,” so use the list I’ve presented here as a template and make adjustments as needed.
In my first post in this series, I promised to provide a list of ideas to “get s#it done between now and the end of the year.” I hope you find plenty here to make you feel sufficiently (but appropriately!) kicked—and inspired, motivated, and enthusiastic about your path forward. If there’s anything that you think should be on this list but isn’t, please share it in the comments below!
Need more inspiration?
Check out these two blogs I wrote pre-pandemic for helpful daily reminders: Meanwhile, what’s on YOUR mind?!?! What would you like me to talk about in an upcoming blog? Share here and I’ll take a peek! Thanks as always for checking out my blog!
Meanwhile, what’s on YOUR mind?!?! What would you like me to talk about in an upcoming
blog? Share here and I’ll take a peek!
Thanks as always for checking out my blog!