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3 Small Daily Habits to Improve Your Career Success

Do you have big plans for your career but feel like you aren’t making progress?

It’s a common feeling.

The problem is that we tend to recognize our career growth only with notable milestones like completing a course or an upward move to the next level.

But let’s face it. Big moves don’t happen every day and aren’t always possible.

The reality is that most careers are built steadily over time. Not by way of big steps.

Our learning happens daily but we don’t recognize the progress we are making because it’s so gradual.

What if you could change that? What if we put more focus on our day-to-day learning?

It’s one of the best (and simplest) things you can do to enhance your career growth.

These small (and easy to do) but powerful daily habits will help.

 

Read

Reading has so many benefits that's it's definitely worth making a daily habit!

And before you jump to "I don't have time", reading doesn’t have to mean an entire book!

How about reading an article on an industry website? Or a blog post from an industry influencer or trend setter.

Read a professional development book a few pages or one chapter at a time. (This can be effective in absorbing more information as well!) Do it just before or after lunch. Find a spot in the day that works.

Try reading a news article on a current affairs issue to learn more.

Read bios of business leaders or people that interest you.

If you are short on time, commit to reading a novel 5 minutes at a time before bed.

The point is…just read. Choose to do it. Make it a daily habit.

Reading -

  • expands your thinking
  • challenges your perspective
  • incites creativity
  • and improves your vocabulary

All of those things will enhance your career success. (Not to mention make you a very interesting person to talk to.)

 

Exercise your curiosity

Nothing supports growth better than encouraging and feeding your curiosity.

Ask questions. Learn something new.

Once again this isn’t about massive leaps.

Ask a question in a meeting. Learn about the work of a colleague or friend. Look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word. Find out more about the latest app.

You get the idea.

Commit to learning or discovering one new thing every day. It all adds up.

Seeking answers or new ideas supports communication and research skills and helps to sustain a positive and optimistic mindset.

It is the best antidote for complacency.

Every time you embrace your curiosity you are opening yourself to new and different ideas, learning from the experience of others and adding to your basket of knowledge.

Make it a habit. It will keep you moving forward and help shape your career.

 

Reflect and Record

This is easy and fun and takes only a minute.

And it can be surprisingly powerful.

Write down just one thing from the day that you are proud of. Make it positive. Something you accomplished or learned or feel you did really well.

The key is to reflect quickly. Don’t dwell on it or take a lot of time. What comes to mind first?

This simple habit can help you recognize the growth you are making over time.

The real power happens when you read back.

You will see what is important to you. It may help remind you of milestones when updating your resume or preparing for an interview.

It can even provide insight into the direction for your career as you recognize what you have accomplished or what excited you.

 

The key is to make these small steps a habit - a part of your daily routine. They don’t take much time at all. Do them consciously and they will become second nature.

Remember:

Read daily

Exercise your curiosity daily

Reflect and record daily

Make these a habit and when the opportunity comes for you to take a big step in your career you’ll be that much further ahead.

 

Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com

As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.

 

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