In the blink of an eye, 2015 is coming to an end and 2016 is ramping up. We are proud to say that 2015 was an AMAZING year for East of Ellie for many reasons.
We expanded our team, stepped up our marketing game, earned some industry street cred, and of course – threw legendary events. But to really make 2016 a stellar year (and 2017 even better than that) is to put radars on professional & personal growth at EOE.
We don’t make resolutions around here, we make goals.
What is the difference between and resolution and a goal? Easy.
res·o·lu·tion /ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n /noun
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
goal / ɡōl /noun
the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
Goals require you to check up on yourself and evaluate progress where as resolutions are a one and done type of thought, which to us, sounds like a recipe for failure.
An EOE tradition is to set goals for the upcoming year with meetings on the calendar every 3 months to review progress. Some goals will be achieved overtime with more work/life experience, and others will require getting out of comfort zones to make us better professionals and people (cue the deep breaths to suppress our anxieties).
If your workplace doesn’t work this way, or you are your own boss, that isn’t an excuse to avoid bettering yourself. One of the most popular things to do in our culture at the end of every December is to set a resolution and say “In 2016 I will…” But that just isn’t enough.
Where to start:
- Create categories that are most important for your professional growth. Networking, Presentation Skills, Becoming a Subject Matter Expert, Management, Daily Tasks, Organization, etc. are only a few examples of buckets. Think of what applies to your job that will make you a better industry professional. Adding personal categories also helps you become more well-rounded in your goals.
- Set action items underneath each category to specify how you will contribute to each category. For example, clean up and organize your files to perfection once a week, make an effort to have lunch meetings strictly for networking once a month, take a class to help with public speaking in the slow season, etc. Keep in mind that these need to be tangible actions. Lose 10 pounds is not an action item, but going to the gym 3x per week is.
- Check up! This part is key. When all of the new year bliss rubs off at the end of February (maybe even before), schedule time for yourself to review all of your 2016 goals and what you are doing to accomplish them. Mark the calendar, and do this periodically throughout the year. Needing extra motivation? Set up these meetings with a supporter such as a spouse, mentor, or boss so you can’t just push it to the side.
What will your goals be for 2016? Comment one of them below as your first step to making a conscious choice to better yourself. Happy New Year!