I keep saying to myself that this year has felt like the quickest year of my entire 28 years…I then snap back to reality and realize that the year isn’t over yet, and we still have two months to make changes!
Everyone gets so caught up in the “new year, new me” mantra that we forget to make use of the 2019 we have left; both personally and professionally, and the positive impact it can actually have on our well-being.
I know personally, my move to a new country, with an entirely new market, and the realization that enough pints during a week will make you gain weight had something to do with my focus on 2020.
However, as a recruiter speaking to clients and candidates every day - whose favourite word is “ASAP”; I think taking the time to live in the moment, seize the day, carpe diem or however you want to put it, can ensure we are making the best decisions for our career path and most importantly mental health. In short, creating a happier work situation for yourself.
Here are my top 4 tips on how a recently successful jobseeker can make the most of "the now" and not be on automatic count-down to 2020!
Finding the line between overthinking, and not thinking at all
From personal experience, when some people get overwhelmed, they tend to shut down and avoid doing what is stressing them out. Others tackle the stress face on. This obviously is one extreme to another, but a very common one at that. It is no secret that over-stressing and putting your entire focus on work isn’t ideal, however disregarding what needs to be done entirely won’t benefit us either. Instead, sit down and find a happy medium. This can mean making a day plan, talking it through with a colleague, or simply prioritizing so not everything seems urgent.
Leaving your current employer on a positive note (never burn your bridges)
You are so keen to leave your job you forget the relationships your employer may have with other companies (including your potential new one), clients you may want to continue building with, and always giving yourself the option to go back. It is easy to focus so much on the “next” that we forget about the “now”. Make sure you don’t stop working (effectively) now in anticipation of what could be happening in the future. Nothing is set in stone.
Lead by example – they’re watching!
If it's one thing I’ve learned over the last 7 years, it is to lead by example. While I admittingly do not always do this, I think we can all agree the most frustrating thing is being reprimanded while someone else is doing it. This can come directly from colleagues, direct management, and leadership from afar. Sometimes it is easier to throw your hands up and stop caring vs addressing the situation and making everyone aware of your feelings. It’s more difficult sometimes to be vocal when it's actually necessary, but will always benefit you in the long run.
Positivity breeds positivity
Positive vibes only! My friend tells me this every day when I am stressed, having a moan, or frustrated with something (in and out of the office). It’s easier sometimes to stay in this negative bubble than it is to flip our attitudes around, but take a walk, practice some self-care (try headspace the app; my favourite), and crack on in your new positive mindset.
At the end of the day, whether you have a new career path, or you are staying in your current role, giving 100% until the bitter end is what will set you apart, and set you up for a banging 2020.