Once a new year rolls in, many of us start wondering how we can better our lives. Whether your goals revolve around fitness, health or budgets, there’s always a way for us to better ourselves. And that includes at work, too.
We asked the one and only Arlene Dickinson to share her top tips for winning at your career in 2019.
Know your worth
A prime example is if you’ve been a stay-at-home mom going back into the workplace. The learning that you’ve acquired at home used to be labeled and seen as less valuable. Today, we understand that it’s an amazing training ground for business.
Create a core network
Reach out to people that are visibly higher profile or held up as a standard of success. The best (and most supportive) mentors could be people you meet at dinner parties, at events or just through business, people with whom you felt a connection. Those relationships should start from a place of “What can I do to help you?” and not “What can you do for me?”
Set milestones and work towards them
One common theme amongst entrepreneurs in the start-up phase is the fact that they’re handling multiple functions of the business and find it difficult to focus on starting and completing tasks. Setting milestones and working toward them—no matter what—is paramount to being efficient.
Further to tip #3, in addition to forcing yourself to focus it’s equally as important to know when to hit the brakes. Many times taking a break and coming back to an important project will afford you the opportunity to see perspectives you didn’t before.
Mute the noise
Creating priorities in life is confusing to some. Do you want to go out for drinks with your friends or should you be strategizing on your next business move? Realizing what you want your future to look like and laying out steps to get there will make things clearer. Are you going to cut time with friends and family? Most likely. But as the saying goes, “Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter”.