6 Strategies to “Declutter” Your Career

January 22, 2013

We all have those resolutions. We make them at midnight every New Year’s Eve. And we truly look forward to keeping every single one of them. By February, many of us have long forgotten the promises of the New Year as we fall back to normalcy with the same old, same old.

Across Michigan, we have already broken hundreds of promises. Every one of them involved some opportunity for change. In fact, nothing can get better without change, yet it often is difficult to permanently move in that direction. Although we write it off mentally as being human, change can often lead to success if we pick one aspect of our lives and focus on achieving different results.

This is the time of year when we “declutter” the office and get organized. Some of us do it for the taxes, others do it because the office is in complete disorder. Yet, we all do it in some form or fashion.

Have you ever tried to “declutter” a career? Here are six strategies:

  • Have a good game plan: No one can get to a destination without planning and a map. Your career has to stay on that road to development.
  • Get focused with goals and objectives: Put them down on paper and stay with them. Make any adjustments that will make them better. It is important to never give up.  
  • Take risks: Are you really happy with your job and your current situation? Look at risk as a planned leap of faith. Stay positive.
  • Document the results every day: What are you doing to improve personally and professionally? Make it a daily habit to log how you are doing.
  • Take 15 minutes and relax: Stop. Breathe in and out slowly with your eyes closed. Think of good things and concentrate on the pace of your breathing. Stress can be managed.
  • Have a sense of humor:  No matter what, humor is both a tool and a skill. There is always a smile to be had if you look for it hard enough.

Your career needs as much attention as your health or your lifestyle. Look for opportunities and search for the stars. An organized career is the best kind to have.


This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Mid-Northern Michigan, providers of professional development and management development courses and information in Mid-Northern Michigan. We’d love to connect with you on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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