It’s time to goal

There is so much to be grateful for. Even in chaos there are blessings of support, learning, evolving, discovering, and opportunities. During a season of giving and even some added stress with traveling, gift purchases, gatherings, missing loved ones, and any other stressful moment(s)…please make time for self-care and self-discovery.

Your self-love is important every day, but especially during times of distractions and multiple responsibilities. Supporting positive relationships, showing kindness & respect, and accomplishing tasks are important, but please make time to care for yourself as well.

You are loved, you are capable, you are unique and it is perfectly OK to take time out of each day to show yourself love & care by setting personal unique goals.

I am grateful for every supportive relationship and for the opportunities I have to care for myself so I can continue to share my support and love with others.

Please set goals that include opportunities for self-care & self-love. There is no magic in any given day…today is a perfect start date!

How do you make time for self-care?

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It’s the day before a conference

It’s less than 24 hours before a professional development conference. Planning, organizing, and preparing to attend any type of training typically starts weeks or even months in advance (especially for administrative professionals who usually have this type of planning in our DNA!). After all of that planning, the final 24 hours should offer the opportunity to get excited about all of the learning possibilities during the event.

The luggage is packed, the flight is scheduled, hotel booked, agenda reviewed, speakers and topics highlighted, necessary downloads and/or print-outs have been completed, the boxes have been checked, the to-do list is mostly full of tasks crossed out.

I have attended several conferences, workshops, and other personal and professional development opportunities throughout my almost 25 years as an administrative professional. In the past, I would feel stress the day before training and a trip (even if it was a short drive). Had I forgotten anything, I was sure I had, and what still needed to be done, and why did my printer jam each time I waited until the last minute to print every essential document I needed?

Determining what opportunity to attend as early as possible helped alleviate some of that stress. Not waiting until the last minute to organize documents helped a lot too! Knowing in advance which opportunity I will attend has helped me pace the preparation needed way before the big day arrives.

My typical pre-conference 24 hours:

  •  Confirm that documents or electronic files are in the order they will be needed
  •  Review the agenda one more time and refresh my memory of speaker names, topics, and resources related to them
  •  Get a good night’s sleep
  •  Eat healthy, nothing too heavy since I will be flying (and drink plenty of water)
  •  Continue with my vitamin and immune building regimen
  • Check and double-check that my driver’s license (needed for the plane boarding) is in fact in my carry on, then check again in a minor panic the morning of the trip!
  •  Check the weather of my destination
  • Thank my supportive family and coworkers who have helped make the trip possible!
  •  Make notes on topics I’d like to discuss with other attendees and/or any questions I  may have since I will be around others in our chosen profession
  • Look for opportunities that will help me discover personal growth as well as professionally

The list above is a personalized abbreviated one that works for me and may offer a few tips for others. The last bullet point is one that I incorporated a few years ago and so grateful I did. Looking for personal growth opportunities during any professional training is key for me. When I seek out personal growth takeaways I can bring that to any and every professional role. Personal development can be any opportunity you seek that will build confidence, teach you a new skill, encourage communication, or any other area that promotes expanding beyond your current situation or focus.

Most professional speakers discuss topics that can have personal and professional education benefits. Being open to (and excited about) how those topics fit into your unique life can make any presentation have that dual effect. Part of my pre-conference 24 hours is spent visualizing and noting what my expectations are and where I am personally and professionally so I can be open to personalizing my experience.

How do you personalize your training experience?

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I recently posted about the value of professional partnerships. Please take a look if you missed it.

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Assistants are partners

Administrative professionals are business partners essential to the professional development of managers, colleagues, and companies. In my almost 25 years as an administrative professional, I learned this in a variety of ways from various leaders, colleagues, mentors, and self-discovery.

As an administrative professional (and a number of other career choices), it is important to not only continually learn and develop the skills required for your position, but also educate yourself on the goals, mission, and core values of others you work with. A partnership is built when you are confident about your ability to perform a job’s requirements, adapt to changes, evolve, future-focused, and seek to understand the goals of your manager, co-workers, and the company. By understanding those goals and core values you not only perform the key aspects of your position successfully, but you can better understand the importance of your role toward the company’s main focus.

Seeing yourself as a key partner isn’t always easy, especially if others don’t see you that way. I cannot change how your coworkers or manager see you, but I do encourage you to see yourself as a valued partner. And truly hope you acknowledge your capabilities and what you bring to the table because trust me – assistants not only bring it, most of the time they set that table and create the invite list.

To realize your partnership value:

  • Be confident in your abilities. You are in your position for a reason!
  • Continue developing your skills
  • Encourage professional development in others
  • Actively learn new skills and the vision/mission of the company and manager
  • Ask questions and provide solutions
  • Share your ideas and listen to responses
  • Seek knowledge from coworkers at every stage in their career (every career stage has knowledge, resources, processes, and information to share – seek it!)
  • Create the opportunity to learn about other departments, positions, or processes
  • Anticipate future needs or yearly cycles and work ahead of deadlines
  • Think in terms of outcomes and how your daily tasks create accomplishments
  • Focus on your professional development despite having support or not. There are free webinars and workshops available, workgroups, free library resources, etc.
  • Visualize your current position as the learning opportunity it is
  • Look forward to career growth and change

There are several other ways to realize and acknowledge the value of your partnership, but the list above are a few key points I personally find important.

In the world of administrative professionals, there are so many personalities and working relationships that range from direct and indirect support to customer service related interactions with community members and vendors (and the list goes on and on). It is so important to focus on your partnership value and learn as much as you possibly can from all of your professional contacts. Whether you plan to retire from your current position, start your own business, change jobs often or even switch to an entirely new career choice knowing your value, building partnerships, and expanding your learning will influence and support your professional development in any role.

How do you acknowledge your partnership value? What is an important professional development tool you utilize?

Have any questions about your career, interviewing, resumes, partnerships, professional development, career changes? Please contact me in the comments or via email at successencourager@gmail.com – I am happy to answer questions!

Thank you so much for reading and following. Please find me on Instagram for encouraging quotes, tips, and more!

I will have more career posts and a special announcement soon! I am excited to be working on an ebook and workshops focused on my almost 25 years as an administrative professional and the importance of thinking beyond knowledge-based skills – more information coming soon!

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Self-care is essential

Self-care is so much more than a warm bath or spa day (as nice as those are!).

Self-care is:

  • Rest
  • Organizing & prioritizing your schedule & responsibilities
  • Nutrition
  • Setting boundaries
  • Enrichment
  • Journaling
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Exercise & meditation
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Making time for what nourishes you

Setting a goal is a form of self-care that is unique for everyone. Your personalized goals should support your mental and physical health. Organizing a hectic schedule so you can incorporate goals & dedicated time for self-care is essential.

Please take care of yourself.

How do you make time for self-care?

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Setting unique goals

Sometimes it is difficult to set a goal that truly fits into your unique lifestyle and expectations. When setting a goal it is essential to ensure the goal aligns with your personal desired outcome. Defining an area of your life you want to enhance or create more time for helps create an action plan that works for you and your pace.

Support from others can encourage success, but please remember your goal is unique to you even if a friend has the same type of goal, most likely your ‘why’ and process are different.

Your goals and the reasons why you set those goals are unique to you. You control your process, pace, and dedication toward your goal success. Please do not compare your goals, self-care needs, or process to anyone else. You are uniquely you and your process and accomplishments are part of your own self-discovery.

Goals should encourage growth and even challenge you, but start with what works for you and your current routine then evolve as time passes and after you begin to accomplish certain steps.

Celebrate every decision, every accomplishment, and your unique process as it develops.

What area/goal are you currently focused on?

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Try it Tuesday

It’s Tuesday!! The final day of my week-long goal-setting process. If you have not had the opportunity to read about the entire process please browse my last few blog posts for more details. If you have been following along – Congratulations!! It’s time to put action behind all of your research & discovery!

What is Try it Tuesday?

Try it Tuesday is the perfect day to try the to-do list you created. Put action behind your goal defining and research! Start turning your goal or new habit into reality by doing the steps.

Celebrate the week of work you have already put in and keep going! Add your to-do list to your daily routine!

Don’t get upset if you miss a day or something comes up, just pick up where you left off, just don’t quit!

This week-long process isn’t just for new goals, it can help keep you focused too:

  • Why not – confirm your goal instead of defining it, confirm why you are focused on this particular goal/habit
  • Tackle it – How is this goal or new habit transforming me? What outcome am I experiencing?
  • Focus on it – Are the tools and resources I’m using working for me? Do I need other tools or resources, what would make this more productive?
  • Successful Saturday and Sunday – Continue celebrating accomplishments, fitting in additional time for your goal or habit as time allows. Share successes with friends or track online or in a journal. Confirm your mindset toward your goals and accomplishments.
  • Make it – Keep creating a weekly list of what you need to accomplish your goals. Once that list is a comfortable routine, add to it. I suggest each weekend creating your weekly list to stay focused.
  • Try it – Stay focused on your to-do steps and incorporate new ones as you feel comfortable. Stay active toward your goal or habit! Remember, celebrate those successes!!!

Thank you so much for reading & following my blog! Please comment below or email me about your goal focus!

Make it Monday

It’s Make it Monday! If you haven’t had an opportunity to read my last few posts please do so to read more about the week-long goal-setting process! If you have been following along you are ready for Make it Monday!!

What is Make it Monday?

Make it Monday is a great day to create a list of a few steps that will get you started on your goal-focus. I suggest a to-do list with about three steps, but no more than five to start. Example – If you are focused on your health (reducing stress, overall wellbeing, etc.) you may want to make a list that looks something like:

  • Walk each evening for 30 minutes.
  • Purchase healthy groceries & make lunches for work instead of eating out.
  • Make a smoothie for breakfast each morning instead of eating a processed breakfast bar.
  • Be more conscious of meals and snacks.
  • Cook healthier portioned meals at home at least 3 nights a week.

The steps you choose are ones that are simple to incorporate into your personal unique lifestyle. Please make these steps realistic for you and don’t make all the changes at once. Add in other steps once you are comfortable with these; once the to-do list becomes a comfortable part of your routine.

I suggest keeping a weekly calendar or journal to record your steps and celebrate your accomplishments!

Join me in the daily journey with doable steps, tips & encouragement!

Share your progress below or email me at successencourager@gmail.com.

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