There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and nearly 700 hours in a month. Let’s take one hour for career management. There’s a myth that it takes months of planning and action to achieve your career bliss. The truth is, it only takes a few minutes a day to start on the path to your happiness. If you consistently take small chunks of time to work on your career, you’ll find yourself building the foundation for sustainable career contentment in no time.
Here are a few ways you can use small pieces of your time for career management.
1. If you have five minutes:
Reflect on something you did that day, week, or month to advance and manage your career. Maybe you went to coffee with a networking connection, or you attended a panel or conference. Maybe you completed a big project at work, or landed a job interview. Whatever it is, take five minutes to reflect on your accomplishments so you know what you’re doing well, and what steps you can take to further your career happiness. And use Career Companion’s FREE reflection module to keep track of your insights and milestones.
2. If you have fifteen minutes:
Write down your career goals. Studies show people who actually write down their goals, rather than simply keep them in their heads, are 1.4 times more likely to achieve them. Take fifteen minutes and use Career Companion as a place to store your written goals, so you can update them when needed and have them all in one place for easy access. Career Companion even has a library of over 50 goals you can choose from, if you aren’t sure where to begin.
3. If you have 30 minutes:
Answer career questions to help guide you toward your true career bliss. With Career Companion, you have free access to over 100 career questions that you can answer to learn as much as possible about your career goals and needs. Questions such as what am I good at, what am I passionate about, or what have I achieved so far are great examples of the kinds of questions you can expect to encounter, and the ones that will help set you on the right path.
4. If you have an hour:
Go to a short networking event, connect with people on social media sites, or meet up with already established connections. Networking is key to career success, and knowing the right people to help you amplify your career will absolutely set you on the road to career happiness. And you can use Career Companion to keep track of any events you may attend.
Career management can be a daunting prospect and achieving career happiness even more so. But it only takes a few minutes to start on the path to your career bliss and success! There are 10,080 minutes in a week. It’s time to take 5 minutes for you. How will you use your time?