Most people agree, 2020 was an exceptionally challenging and difficult year. There’s still a lot of uncertainty in the air; when will we be able to return to the office; how long will we have to continue working remotely?
Many things have changed and become our ‘new-normal’. It’s likely things may never revert back to how they used to be.
How can you start preparing for 2021 when it’s so difficult to predict what will be in store?!
Here are my top 10 tips to help you:
- I recommend writing down everything you achieved in 2020. Note down all the ways you adapted, the things you changed, the times you demonstrated strength and resilience. Record new initiatives you derived to cope with the different ways of working and along with all your successes.
- Update your CV to reflect all of your achievements.
- Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, reflecting your skills and strengths. If you’re not working, make sure you have actioned the ‘open to work’ option in your profile. Ensure you are visible and searchable to Recruiters.
- Research some of the free and low cost webinars available online to inspire, support and develop you. These include LinkedIn, Eventbright, The Open University, Coursera, the National Careers Service, FutureLearn and more.
- Create a plan of action for the year ahead. Break it down in to 12 monthly goals, then weekly and daily goals. Break each one down. This will ensure they’re more achievable, realistic and timely,
- Start writing a daily journal. Each night write down at least 3 things you’re grateful for and you’re proud of. They don’t have to be huge successes, just every day things to keep you feeling positive.
- Buddy up with an ‘Accountability Partner’. If you’re working remotely and need some motivation, they can help by joining you online for an agreed amount of time each day. You can support each other to get the work done, just like you would if you were sitting together, sharing an office.
- Schedule some time out for your own self-care and reflection. Use this time to get to know yourself better. There are a wealth of free assessments available online such as 16 Personalities and Sparketype. Knowing yourself fully will help you make better decisions throughout the year.
- Ask for feedback from your friends, family, colleagues and peers. What do they admire about you? What skills, qualities and strengths do they notice? What things do you take for granted that they really appreciate?
- Consider working with an Accredited Coach to help you create a robust plan for 2021. A Coach acts as a ‘thinking partner’ and will not only support and guide you but will also hold you accountable and challenge you so you really can accomplish your goals.