As we approach the end of 2017, I’ve been taking some time to look back and reflect on the year that’s passed. And one thing has become abundantly clear: this was the year that I lost sight of my career goals and bumbled along without any real plan or strategy.
I think there are a few reasons this happened. First of all, I’ve been so focused on personal goals lately (getting on the property ladder, dating etc), that my work life has taken a bit of a back seat. I’ve also been blogging for 11 years, which is a very long time. And there’s no set pathway like in more traditional, established professions. It’s up to me to define the next step in this journey, and that’s both exciting and overwhelming.
Refreshing and reseting my career goals ahead of the New Year is a key priority for me, right now. Because I don’t want to spend another year lacking direction or focus. I’ve been doing a few strategic exercises to get my head back in the game, and here’s how they’ve been going…
REFRESH YOUR MINDSET
A few weeks ago I caught up with Anna Newton from The Anna Edit, and she introduced me to The Working Woman’s Handbook by Phoebe Lovatt. The gorgeous guidebook is dedicated to “career satisfaction” and includes thoughtful exercises and challenges that help you define your goals. I ordered a copy immediately.
As soon as I started reading the handbook I knew it was a smart purchase. Phoebe’s word’s struck a chord. “Maybe you feel lost, uninspired, or just confused,” she writes. “You want to build a working life you love but can’t quite figure out how.” Yes, Phoebe! This is me!
To refresh my mindset and identify my current career values and passions, I’ve been working my way through the exercises. Starting off, Phoebe invites you to answer the following questions:
Think of three times you got lost in the moment. What were you up to?
What kind of problems do you like to tackle and solve?
Think of three instances when you felt valued and helpful. What form did your reward take?
What were the last three things you made that satisfied you?
What themes and patterns are emerging here? How could you explore and capitalise on these further?
I told you these were great, thoughtful questions! I suggest carving out some time to write down your answers in a notebook – whether you’re in a career funk or not. It will be especially useful if you’re thinking of going down a completely new career path.
Throughout this exercise I noticed that podcasting was coming up again and again, for me. I really enjoy the challenge of tackling a new medium, and I love the process of putting the Let’s Discuss show together with Monica. It’s definitely something I get lost in.
But, on the flip side, blogging didn’t really register in any of my answers. That doesn’t mean I’ve fallen out of love with blogging, or that I want to quit. But I think I need to figure out how I can elevate the blogging experience in 2018, to create more excitement and challenges.
RESET YOUR CAREER GOALS
Along with doing the exercises in The Working Woman’s Handbook, I’ve also spent some time thinking about my career goals and resetting targets. As I mentioned, I feel like I’ve lost sight of the “big picture” lately. And I don’t have a clear business plan or strategy in place.
Hopefully that will come in time. But, until then, I figured something is better than nothing. So I’ve started making a list of the longterm career goals that still feel right for me. These include
– Writing a book/s.
– Regularly appearing in the iTunes top 10 podcasting chart.
– Becoming more of a public “expert” quoted in print and broadcast.
– To have financial success (less of an up-and-down freelance income).
– To work philanthropically and give back in a meaningful way.
From these longterm goals I was then able to create a list of action points that I can work towards in 2018. These will hopefully put me on the path that leads towards my longterm aspirations. These include:
– Get into the iTunes top 100 podcasting chart with Let’s Discuss.
– Host a live Let’s Discuss event.
– Increase yearly earnings by at least £10,000.
– Reignite blogging passion, but also branch out from blogging box.
– Partner with a charity and use my platform to bring focus to a good cause.
If you’ve also lost sight of your career goals, I recommend making similar lists. You might be surprised by the ambitions you uncover…
Do you also feel like you need to refresh and reset your career goals? What professional targets will you be focusing on in 2018? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…
P.S. These 5 podcast episodes featuring inspirational businesswomen are sure to help motivate you.