At the beginning of the year, many of you were beaming with optimism about all of the power moves you were going to make in your career. Whether it was to start networking more, obtain a new position, or make more impact in your current position, this was finally going to be your year.
The year is now halfway over.
What progress have you made on your New Year’s goals?
Have you hit them all, half of them or none of them?
If you haven’t made much progress in doing the things you set out to do in your career this year, don’t call it a wash and wait until January 1 of next year to try again.
Here are 3 reasons why now is the best time to check-in on your New Year career goals.
There’s Plenty of Time Left
Usually, people make their resolutions in either late December or early January and don’t look at them again until late December or early January of the following year. By then, it’s too late to make any changes and meet the goals you’ve set, if you didn’t hit them. Checking in on your goals halfway through the year, gives you plenty of time to see which goals you still want to meet and craft a game plan to end the year strong.
Take Advantage of Longer Days
Summertime means longer and warmer days. While it may be tempting to want to slack off due to all of the distractions like free festivals, rooftop happy hours, and the like, this is actually the perfect time to be more productive. Use the longer daylight hours to wake up earlier and full of vigor and tackle the projects you’ve been putting off. If you have some unused vacation time, take a quick vacation to recenter yourself and come back refreshed with a new sense of focus and determination.
Assess What’s Still Important
A lot can change in 6 months. What seemed like a good idea in January, may not excite you anymore and that’s okay. Now is the time to take a look at what you want to do and decide if it’s still worth pursuing. Perhaps you wanted to stay at your current firm, but now you want a new job. If that’s the case, your focus should be on polishing up your resume and LinkedIn and making a target list of firms you want to apply.
Alternatively, were there any big successes you had that you can now leverage into a new opportunity? Did you win a big case or bring on a new client? Maybe now you can work on getting a raise or even be considered for partner.
Either way, assess what you thought you wanted to do and see if it still excites you. If it does, great! If it doesn’t, cross it off the list and pivot. Also, celebrate the wins you’ve had and look for ways to build on them.