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Things to do for Your Career Boost in 2014

Most of us are bogged down with our hectic lifestyle and demanding jobs. We spend a significant part of our day in the office working under pressure and handling constant competition. This brings a lot of stress in our day to day life and we react in unsavory ways due to the stress. We often end up asking ourselves, why do I get so stressed out? Is there a way out of it? The answer is lies within us as the stress is caused through our own thinking. Like they say, it is all in the mind. If we can control our mind, we can hope to lead a happier life.

  1. Learn the New Working Style

    Today, technology has made it possible for people to move out of the old style of working and adopt a new style. You too should do this. Think about working from home or any other location if it makes you more productive. At your remote workplace, have apps to make your work and working life easier and convenient. Trust your colleagues and co-workers and come up with ways to engage with them more often to create camaraderie and better understanding. Look for inspiration all around you to come up with more innovative and creative ideas for your work. You will be amazed at how this helps.

  2. Make Your Each Day a Happy Day

    Being happy is the key to having a healthy mind. Start your day with a smile even if you do not have a reason to. It will put you in a better frame of mind and help you tackle issues at work without getting worked up. Try and be positive and grateful for the small things at life. When you do this, you will definitely have a reason to smile and be happy. A happy person is a more productive person at work.

  3. Organize Your Life by Writing Down Your Goals

    Write down your goal for the day just like a thought for the day. Write it down on a Post It and place it at your workstation. This will help you focus and achieve your goal. Make small goals to achieve the bigger one. It may be anything, for instance, you are going to clean up the clutter on your desk and get more organized or you will finish a pending document that you have been putting off for a few days. Make sure you keep checking out the Post It to get motivated to achieve your goal. Once you get organized, not only will you become productive, it also will help you attain short-term and long-term goals.

  4. Think What is More Important for You

    While salary is important, you have to agree that it is not the most important factor of your work life. Try to incorporate your personal interests into your work to make it more interesting and appealing. This way, you will be eager to wake up every day in the morning and rush to work. Also, try and attain the right balance between your work and personal life to have a satisfying and fulfilling life. This may necessitate changes at both fronts, but finding out what is more important for you will help you feel contented and happy, making you more productive in all spheres of life.

  5. Read the Career Forecast For Upcoming Year

    If you are looking for a career or job change, it is important you read the career forecast for the coming year. This will give you an idea as to what jobs are offering good salaries and which are in high demand. It is forecasted that in 2014, there will be a high demand for customer service reps, medical billers and human resources assistant. So, if these jobs attract you, it is time to take matters in your hand and try and build your skill set.

  6. Be an Introvert for Searching New Job

    Job change can be challenging and stressful. Do not let stress spoil your chances of finding the perfect job. Meditate and look for de-stressing exercises to relax. Also, it is time to become an introvert when searching for a new job. This means trying to network with people on a one-to-one basis, looking for jobs that interest you and your nature and making an effort to highlight your strengths rather than your weaknesses, so to say. You may be having an existing network already, so try to tap on that network to help you find a new job. If necessary work with a mentor to hone your existing skills and strengths and gain confidence.

  7. Learn How to Land a New Job

    If you are looking for a job, get some key tips on how to land the new job that you are looking for. Ask yourself a few questions like why am I suitable for this job? or what can I do best so that I can get this job? Try to be part of mock interviews with your mentor or even rope in friends to help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Preparing for that golden interview will give you a better chance of success.

  8. Deal with Your Anger

    Anger is the worst side effect of stress. Anger management is very important while working. If you are going to snap at your colleagues or have a long face, you will hamper your growth in the organization. When you are angry, get out of your workstation and gulp some water. You can also meditate for a few seconds or count from 1 to 10 slowly. Keep telling yourself with a smile on your face that you are not angry. Blowing your lid at work is the best way to lose your job or be overlooked for promotions.

  9. Learn How to be Productive

    Increase your productivity. Tell yourself today I am going to finish my pending work and do a little extra too. If you think you will work just for what you get paid, productivity and you can never be friends. To be productive, you need to change your mindset and take ownership of the work you do. When ownership comes in, you will take pride in your work and want to see it through till the very end, thereby being productive.

  10. Develop Friendship with Your Boss

    There is no good boss in this world, so come to terms with that. All bosses are tough task masters and it is their job to be so. The only way out is to be your boss pet and cultivate a friendship or more personal relationship. Look for opportunities to get to know your boss on a personal level. This will help you put your relationship in a different perspective and help you understand your boss better. You can then work based on this understanding.

These New Year resolutions should definitely work in your favor and give your career a major boost in 2014, provided you stick to them.

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