Let’s take stock

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Published on 06/12/2021, by Marion Peter

Another year has passed…


In the business world, it is common to do an annual review at the end of the year. This allows us to take a step back from the actions carried out, to follow up on the objectives, to exchange ideas as a team and to ask ourselves the right questions for the year to come.


Today, what I am inviting you to do, is to have a meeting with yourself... To help you take stock of your professional situation.

Are you satisfied with how far you have come this year? (If you're worried that you'll hear yourself answer "no" to this question, don't worry, this article is for you).


A life is made up of details, but a detail can change a life. - Goyer Rémi


Giving or re-giving meaning to your professional career plan: take stock of your year


We often use the New Year as an excuse to "start over" and put our lives in order. We see this transition as the perfect time to set new goals and become better. And what better way to evolve than to learn from your past experiences?


It's not so easy to "self-evaluate" when the human brain seems to "prefer" negative information to positive: this is called "negativity bias". So let me remind you: you have improved this year.


You don't believe me? I can tell you that your vision has probably already changed a lot since last year: you have managed to do things that seemed unattainable only a few months ago.


When making your own assessment, there is no need to be too hard on yourself or to blame yourself. Every period of your life contains successes, failures and challenges. And it may be a good idea to take advantage of this period to adjust what needs adjusting.


Let's take a step back, look at the situation from above and ask ourselves the right questions:


  • Is my current work situation in line with my values and what I aspire to?
  • What is my greatest achievement this year?
  • What did I learn new?
  • What tasks have I done that I have enjoyed?
  • Last but not least: how do you feel in the morning when your alarm goes off to work? (except tired 😉)

 

Of course, the list is not exhaustive and you can ask yourself as many questions as you like.


Ask yourself what objectives have been:

  1. the easiest to accomplish;
  2. the ones you found difficult to achieve;
  3. the ones you ended up abandoning.


By answering these questions yourself, you will gain a better understanding of what drives you in your daily life.


The relationships that helped you grow


In this professional progress and face to the difficulties encountered, you were probably not alone. Or you were, but at that time you felt the need to be surrounded.


The human dimension is an important (not to say indispensable) component of your life. Indeed, your environment has an important influence on the way you experience events and approach your work. The people you meet every day help you to evolve and grow, both personally and professionally, and it is important to take this into consideration in your assessment.


How do you define your relationship with your colleagues, managers, customers and partners? And in the other way around, how would you define YOUR relationship with others?


The most important thing is to make a distinction between those relationships that are beneficial and help you move forward in your life, and those that hold you back and slow you down.


Define what you want


After this this period of reflection, it is time to take action and think about your new motivations:

  • What do you like most about your job today?
  • Does it allow you to fulfil yourself?
  • If not, what is missing or what would you like to see changed?


Set new goals that are concrete and achievable. It's also a good idea to set several small goals over a period of time that will allow you to see how you are progressing.


For example...

Prioritize your actions if you feel you are scattering.

Use relevant tools if you feel you are disorganised.

Delegate if you feel you are overwhelmed.


And because being happy at work also means allowing yourself to take some time out...


Identify what makes you happy, what makes you feel good and what you feel is important to your personal development.

Adjust your schedule to do your favourite activities.


Nothing is impossible. Don't forget to give sense to your career by taking into account your new desires.


Taking stock (sometimes) in your life is a way of highlighting what no longer suits you and what you want to keep for the future.


It helps you to bounce back better.


So make the coming year more relevant to you and make sure that all your new decisions help you to get up more happier every morning.

 

And if you are realising that you are not in the right place, Moovijob will help you find a new job!

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