Rocket Fuel for Your Career Goals
Lots of people don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. And, hey, whatever works for you is fine by me! But I usually find that the start of a new year is the perfect time to look back and reflect, and to look forward and dream.
With that in mind, I’ve scoured my favorite sources of career wisdom – from Fast Company and the Harvard Business Review to brilliant blogs you may have never heard of – and chosen my top five reads to help you reach your goals, dreams, and plans for 2017.
Who doesn’t want to get more done in less time? (*looks around* *no hands raised*) I especially love to learn about new ways to power through the less-exciting chores of life so I’ve got more time for the good stuff.
Sometimes I need a cheerleader to get me motivated. Or a role model, to show myself that it CAN be done. Other times I just need the nitty-gritty details (that I never would have thought of myself) on how to do it faster, easier, better. These five articles offer a bit of all three.
So if getting productive is on your resolution list this year, check out my top five recommended reads:
The latest installment of Fast Company’s “Productivity Week” series offers pearls of wisdom from comedian/entrepreneur Kevin Hart (see below), Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, and TV uber-boss Shonda Rimes, among others. Bonus: Learn How LinkedIn Employees Use LinkedIn.
Once you’ve accomplished a goal, you’re all done. And I don’t ever want to be all done.
– Kevin Hart
Can’t get enough? Last year’s version featured Oprah, Lea Dunham, and Steve Aioki. You can find the “Secrets of the Most Productive People” archive here. (Fast Company)
These five free apps take the drudgery out of work. Each one has a special superpower to make you more productive or eliminate busywork. With your boring work chores out of the way, you might even (dare I say it?) have fun! (Brainy Business Babe)
Too much stress is obviously a productivity killer, and too little stress makes us apathetic. This quiz will tell you where you are on the stress curve, and offers some practical tips – which might surprise you – for staying in the stress “sweet spot.” (Harvard Business Review)
You’ve probably heard it before: setting an intention for your efforts makes everything you do more powerful. I know it’s true for me! When I’m dedicated and consistent with setting an intention for each day, sometimes it even feels like my goals are accomplishing themselves. It’s almost magic. (Brainy Business Babe)
I know what you’re thinking: “Will these tips actually change my life?” The answer is YES. Hack number two (“Batch”) was a game-changer for me all by itself. (Classy Career Girl)
What are your favorite productivity secrets? Let me know in the comments!
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