Getting Back On-Board In Education: 5 Considerations For Transitioning Back To In-Person Work In The Education Sector
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new and incredible challenges for millions of workers around the…
Life can be hectic. Between work, family, friends – you name it, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. It seems like we’re always playing catch-up. Often, it feels like our schedules, to-do lists, and obligations run our lives, not us. And the holidays only add fuel to the fire!
While we all face these challenges, one of the consequences, if we’re not careful, is that we fall into the trap of living reactive lives, instead of proactive lives. Our lives become dealing with the short-term or urgent things that “happen” to us, rather than proactively determining the life we want to lead. Next thing you know a year flies by, you pause, and you realize you’re not where you wanted to be.
But don’t worry. One simple habit can help change this. Reflection. Scheduling time into your life to pause, ponder where you want to be, evaluate where you’re at, and set a plan in motion to get from where you are to where you want to be is all it takes. The key is actually making time in your busy life to step away from the world for a moment and reflect – otherwise, your day-to-day will continue to dictate your path.
For me, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is often the perfect time to do this. The craziness of holiday parties, Christmas shopping, decorating, etc. is mostly behind you, but the world hasn’t quite kicked into full gear. It’s also a natural time to think about the upcoming year and what you want to achieve, both personally and professionally.
Below is the process I go through at the end of the year in order to reflect on the past year and prepare for the coming year professionally. I encourage you to be as specific as possible with each question. The more you can picture your response, the more likely you are to achieve it. The same approach can be applied to your personal life as well – but I’ll leave those reflection questions to you. 🙂
Step 1: Where do you want to be professionally in 1, 5, and 10 years?
Step 2: Where were you at a year ago? Where are you today?
Step 3: Evaluate the trend line over the last year.
Step 4: Develop a SMART plan
Step 5: Seek support
Now is the time to plan for 2018. Don’t let it slip by and be another year that just “happens” to you. Make it the year you want it to be. And if that means a job change, let us know. WorkMonger would be delighted to help you find the right next job for you in the education sector.
Have tips or advice you’d like to share with others around reflection and goal setting? Share it in the comments section below.