It was on my to-do list to set up a LinkedIn newsletter in January. I had an unexpected bit of extra time today so I thought, why not start today?
A common theme I have noticed with some of my clients lately is wanting to delay their actions until the new year. December is busy, everyone has a lot on their plate, and it may seem sensible to delay career development activity until you’re refreshed in the new year.
I understand the rationale behind this. However, in my experience, delaying action often leads to a drop in momentum and motivation, making it even harder to pick back up at a later date.
I am all for using December to rest and recuperate – it’s so important we block out time to do what energises and restores us; whether this is socialising, resting, or watching endless Hallmark Christmas films on the TV (yes, please!).
But pausing all proactive career activity when you’re in the middle of pursuing an important goal often has the opposite effect – rather than relaxing us, we feel tense, anxious, and guilty for not doing anything useful.
As with many things, it all comes down to balance. I don’t think we can ever get the balance perfectly right, but being mindful of different priorities and protective of our diaries can help with this.
Block out time to enjoy the magic of Christmas, but see if you can continue the progress you’ve already made towards your career goals. Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day, or 30 minutes a couple of times a week, I promise it will make it easier to return to in January. Hopefully like my newsletter!
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