Maximize Your Career Growth

2Roads-blogs (13)Changing jobs every few years is completely normal, but job hopping the second you’ve grown bored of your job is not okay.  Employers will start to believe that you’re not talking your career seriously.  

There are ways to maximize your career growth while making a positive impact on the company you’re working for, regardless of how long you stick around.  

Learn New Tricks

Learn something that you didn’t know before to ensure your time with a company was well spend.  Whatever it is you do, make moves to constantly learn and grow.  Avoid becoming stagnant by seeking development opportunities.  

Create and Accomplish New Challenges

Always demonstrate and test your abilities as often as you can to show that you’re a productive go-getter.  Seek challenges that require you to set goals that lead to progress.  Switch jobs to further your career and not out of boredom.  

Connect

Get to know the people you’re working with via social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.  Your colleagues can be great tools for referrals and references somewhere down the road.  Teaming up with them can also help you find more opportunities both inside and outside of your company.

Value your experiences at every company you work for and make sure you’ve maximized your career growth before hopping to the next job.  Make sure that each position challenges your and enables growth.

 

Skill You Need to Get Ahead

2Roads-blogs (12)Employers in all industries are looking for qualities that enable you interact with the people around you. These traits include communication skills, leadership and self-awareness.

Here are some skills that are essential for your career success. They’ll teach you to become a better employee and an a better person.

Listen

The best communicators are great listeners. This is the foundation of building trust. Ask questions and get to know the person. You’re giving them your time, and that makes them feel valued.

Accountability
Take responsibility for your actions and learn from your mistakes. Follow up with others to confirm tasks have been completed. Follow through with that you say you’re going to do.

Emotional Awareness

You have your good and bad days, and all those emotions affect your decision making. Instead of making a decision based on emotion, take time to ask yourself what you’re really feeling. Take a few moments to reconnect and recenter.

Empathy

Explore new experiences outside of work where you gain knowledge, growth and empathy. Traveling, attending conferences and volunteering are some ways to connect with others outside the industry. Branch out and get to know people with different perspectives and backgrounds.

These skills will make your job more effective and enjoyable. All it takes is practice. Push yourself to step outside the box and strive to be a better you.

How To Become A Better Writer

2Roads-blogs (11)If you work in an office or run your own business, you’re likely to spend a good portion of your day writing. You’re writing emails, proposals, blogs, invoices, reports and social media updates. Some people enjoy writing, while others detest it.

Here are some ways to become a better writer, right away:

Be Clear and Get to the Point
Before you start to write, identify your reason for writing and your desired outcome. If you’re struggling to get to the point, map out your ideas.

What is your reason for writing?
What do you want the recipient/reader to know?
What do you want the recipient/reader to do?

Relax and Write
Writing when you’re happy and relaxed is the key to sparking creativity, and makes writing a lot easier. Getting into that state of mind may involve playing energizing music, going for a quick walk to jog, or anything that will get you to relax.

Limit Your Time
The longer you put off a writing task, the worse it becomes. Your best writings are created when you’re relaxed, so when that time comes, let the ideas flow. More often than not, your first draft is a good one.

Morning Rituals That Will Clear Your Mind

2Roads-blogs (10)Writing is a great tool that can be used as a meditative exercise. This can help you clear your mind and even spark some creativity. Here are some ways to get your creative writing started:

Wake Up and Write

Write as early as possible and let the mind roam. This can become very therapeutic for you. Try to avoid typing on the computer and handwrite everything. Fill up 2-3 pages and don’t be scared to hold anything back.

Don’t Write to Publish

Write for yourself, without the plan to publish. This eliminates the pressure of sounding professional. Allow your thoughts to run off on tangents. If writing blogs is part of your job at work, this strategy can help you in your first stages of brainstorming. You may be able to pull ideas from this purge of thoughts.

Keep Your Pages to Yourself

Only you are allowed to read the your journal. These thoughts and words should be protected and you shouldn’t even read them right away. These thoughts are what stands between you and the day ahead of you.

If these writings become a consistent part of your routine, they can potentially alter your trajectory of life.

 

 

How To Create Effective To-Do Lists

2Roads-blogs (10)Writing to-do lists are crucial for your productivity, but long, convoluted lists can be counterproductive, especially if they lack organization. Here’s how to write a concrete to-do list that will keep you prioritized without feeling overwhelmed:

For your daily to-do lists, write down 3 or fewer tasks and prioritize them by importance. The task that will make you feel the most accomplished should go first on that list. Write overflow tasks on another paper and keep it out of sight. Use index cards or post it notes to avoid the extremely long lists.

Be specific and write down each task as an action by using specific terms. For example, instead of writing, “Make a powerpoint presentation for work,” start with, “Create outline for power point presentation.” The more specific you are in writing down your tasks, the easier it becomes the check off your to-dos.

At this day and age, multitasking seems to be the norm, but when it comes to your to-do list, it’s best to handle one task at a time, even if that means writing each task down on a separate paper or post it. Sometimes a to-do list can create anxiety, so by viewing each task separately, you may find it easier to focus.

Cutting out distractions is important in successfully checking off your to-do list. Put your phone away for a few hours or avoid the surfing the internet while you prioritize. Any small distraction can steer you away from your to-do list.

Enjoy Your Summer at Work

2Roads-blogs (9)Enjoying summer while at work can be a challenge, but don’t let your office job put you in a slump. Bring summer to the office! Here are some tips on how to go out and enjoy your summer.

Plan an Office Outing
Go out for your lunch break and enjoy the summer sun! Eat your packed lunch at a park or outdoor courtyard at work. Invite your colleagues out to a cafe or restaurant that has an outdoor patio. Relax and recharge.

Rise and Shine
Wake up an hour earlier than you usually do. Use that hour to read, go for a morning walk or jog, or sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Start your morning off right!

Buy a Plant
Keep a small succulent or a few fresh flowers at your desk. By bringing in a part of nature inside, you can reduce stress and tension. The tranquility of mother nature can boost your performance at work.

Work Outside
If your job allows it, work outside to restore focus and recenter. Take a break from your phone that’s constantly ringing off the hook. Invite colleagues to work with you, and maybe organize a meeting outside.

Recharge on Your Days Off

2Roads-blogs (7)After a long, busy week, it’s time to recharge. Taking the time to care for yourself is part of a healthy, long-term career success. Instead of lying around all weekend, let’s revamp your approach to relaxation. Here’s how:

Quiet Time
Usually a busy week is full of hustle and bustle. Phones are ringing off the hook, people are coming in and out of your office. All the background noise makes it really hard to concentrate.

Set aside some quiet time on your days off. Take time to read, meditate, or go on a nice walk.

Get Moving
If your typical workday requires you to sit at a desk, your energy levels may decrease by the end of the week. It’s time to get the blood flowing!

Try going for a walk, dancing, exercising, playing with the dogs, anything other than sitting on the couch all day. Any type of physical exercise can reduce stress and make you feel good!

Take Care of Errands
Your everyday tasks can get lost in your busy work week, so set aside a portion of your day to catch up on these errands. Maybe you can go first thing in the morning to get them out of the way and to avoid peak business hours.

Sometimes it’s difficult to unwind during your days off, but it’s a practice that is worth practicing. Make sure to care for yourself so that you may feel restored and valued.