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Issue 92 – December 2010 – What will 2011 bring

Apologies, it has been a while since the last edition, we hope you have been well and of course working smarter not harder.
We would like to end the year and ask – what have you achieved? And how can you use that as a springboard for the year ahead.

In this issue we will look at:
•    Christmas opening hours
•    Getting ready for 2011

Christmas Opening Hours:
I simply cannot believe it is the 3rd week of December and come Thursday we will be leaving the offices until 2011.

We will be closed from 5pm Thursday 23rd December 2010 and will be re-opening on the 4th January 2011.

Emails sent to us during this time will be actioned upon our return, anything urgent, please contact either Gail Murphy on 0412103617 or Rachel Moylan on 0422762259

We hope you have a wonderful, safe and happy festive season and we look forward to many more opportunities in 2011.

Getting ready for 2011:
If you had to sum up the year that was 2010 in terms of achievements – what would your list look like?

•    Did you gain new qualifications?
•    Did you begin / continue the process of gaining credits to go towards your qualification?
•    Did you start a new job?
•    What new skills have you acquired?
•    How many industry events did you participate in?
•    Have you implemented that knowledge into the way you now work?
•    Have you been part of a new system rollout or conducted testing in a new environment?
•    Did you finally re-arrange the library / records department / storage room?

When you start to look at your working year in those kinds of terms you can usually find quite a lot to be happy about. Those “significant” achievements should really be added to your CV. Our minds usually go into “blank” mode when it comes to blowing our own trumpets during the CV writing / answers to selection criteria phase – using significant achievements from previous positions are a great way of getting around that problem.

Given that 2011 is looking to be quite a fast job growth time, and the best jobs will go to the people organisations feel can take them forwards – surely it makes sense to ensure you are ready for opportunities when they knock. Which is something to think about.

Once you have taken the time to go through that exercise, you can now turn your attention to your personal life. Remember everyone talks about finding the correct work / life balance. Well I don’t know about you, but I could do with a slightly better balance – so it is important to list all your personal achievements from 2010 too.

•    Did you start a new hobby?
•    Did you find time to work on an existing one?
•    Did you learn a new language / instrument / how a piece of machinery / technology works?
•    How many letters did you write, books did you read and / or write, films or concerts did you go and see?
•    Did you set and achieve any physical challenges? Did you stop smoking, climb a rope ladder, run a marathon, lose 20 kilos?

We can all get phased out being busy – the question has to be – what are we really busy doing?

So how do you make sure you don’t just drift through each day / week / month / year?

In simple terms – we have plans and goals.

Work is almost easy – there are certain things we have to do each day, then there are things that we know are coming up – the conferences, the seminars, projects and so on. But what other plans do you have for your professional development in 2011? If you don’t start thinking about them now, you know what will happen – day-to-day stuff gets in the way and before you know it …

The same is also true for our personal development – what can we achieve in 12 months? What do we want to achieve in 12 months? I spoke to one gentleman yesterday who sets one very specific goal for each 12 month period. This year he made the decision to become a body combat instructor. It took him about 11 months to achieve his goal and was certified he said – last week. To look at him now you would never believe he had ever been 96 kilos, overweight and unfit. The reason I believe his goal worked was because it wasn’t a negative goal – I want to lose 20 kilos and get fit … his was – I want to become a body combat instructor – the other 2 just came along for the ride.

So, in learning that one very positive technique towards goal setting – what do you want 2011 to bring to you?

Once you know what you want (remember the positive) how are you going to achieve that? What steps do you need to take each day to reach that goal? What skills / techniques do you need to learn?

With many thoughts

Lorraine