Are you feeling bogged down by your career? I’ve recently struggled a little bit with my career. Even though I’m a freelance writer and I love what I do, there are things about my career path that I’ve become a little frustrated with.
Anytime you start feeling like your career is more of a job (and perhaps a dead-end job at that), it’s time to reconsider your path. If you want to kickstart your career, and perhaps improve your chances of career success, here are 6 steps you can take:
1. Honestly Evaluate Where You are Now
Your first step is to figure out where you are right now. Honestly take a look at your life, and what you’re doing, and identify what is bogging you down a bit. Whether you are behind in your goals to have a certain salary or position, or whether you wish you could quit your job and work more on your side hustle, you need to have an honest look in the mirror.
Once you know where you’re at, you can figure out your next step.
2. Decide Where You’d Like to Be
I took a look at my current career path, and realized that there were certain aspects of freelance writing that I didn’t still want to be doing five years from now. Once I identified those items I wanted to phase out of my career, I decided where I’d like to be. What kinds of projects do I want to be doing? What sort of web sites do I want to be associated with?
You take this step in your own career, too. Decide what you want your life to look like next year, 5 years from now, 10 years from now. (Be realistic, though.)
3. List the Things You Need to Do
Next, make a list of things you need to do if you want to achieve your career goals. I know that I need to shift some of my work, maybe dropping some clients, so that I have time to work on the projects that are most interesting to me.
If you want a promotion, find out what additional (if any) education or certification you need to advance. Figure out what skills you need to develop and what actions you need to take in order to boost your career. This will give you an idea of how to proceed to reach your desired career situation.
4. Write Out Your Plan
Once you know what you need to do, it’s time to work out a plan for accomplishing the tasks on your list. What items do you need to most work on? How will you work on those items? Will you need to make extra money, or save extra money, to develop the skills that you need to proceed? Do you need to update your resume?
If you plan to quit your job, you might need to save up an emergency fund to help keep you afloat while you develop your own business. What changes to your spending need to be made in order to save up the necessary money? Once you know the “what”, you can begin working on the “how”. Following this process can help you break your progress down into smaller steps.
5. Get Started
Once you have a plan, now is the time to start. Don’t put it off. Start working on the first step of you plan today. Whether that means setting aside $20 to kickstart your savings efforts, or whether it means enrolling in a certification course to help you gain a needed credential, take that first step right now. Once you get going, it is easier to build up the momentum. Putting it off only increases the inertia that you have to overcome. You’ll have a better chance at success if you get moving immediately.
6. Stay Motivated
Make sure that you take steps to stay motivated throughout your efforts to create a more successful career. Set achievable milestones that can help you recognize your progress. Each of your milestones brings you closer to your goal, and you want to acknowledge that. You can reward yourself with something small, or just take some time to realize that you are on your way to a more successful career.