3 Ways to Help You Reach Your Career Resolutions in 2018

At the beginning of the year, resolutions for a better 2018 are at the top of everyone’s mind. While money and health goals are often the most popular topics, your career goals deserve some attention too. Resolutions are sometimes branded as a waste of time because, according to U.S. News and World Report, 80% of resolutions are abandoned by the second week of February. To help you keep resolutions that matter and are impactful to your career, read our 3 simple ways to help you keep your mind, body, and spirit focused on your resolutions well beyond February.   

Mind: Improve Your Productivity Levels

The procrastination bug can bite at any time and did so when I sat down to write this article. I opened a blank document and then continued to do everything but write. We all fall victim to procrastination, but there are a few productivity techniques you can try to help yourself break free from this self-sabotaging habit.

One popular solution is the Pomodoro Technique, which breaks your time up into 25 minute increments, or “pomodoros” with 5 minute breaks in between. After 4 pomodoros, take a 15-20 minute break to refresh your mind and keep you focused for your next pomodoro.

Another solution to time-wasting is to become aware of when and where you’re wasting your time. Install the RescueTime extension on your computer for daily reports of what you accomplished and where your all of your lost time is disappearing to. When you know where you’re being distracted (looking at you, Facebook), you can set up a list of sites to block to help you help yourself.  

Body: Dress for the Job You Want

When I’m feeling down in the dumps, one of my coping mechanisms for going about my day is to dress up more. It helps me feel better about myself and improves my day, and science backs up this technique. Research from the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal shows that wearing formal clothing helps the wearer feel better about themselves and like they were more in control and more creative. The solution is clear: feeling down? Dress up!

Sometimes dressing up means wearing smarter and better engineered clothing too.  To optimize success we must first be both comfortable and confident in our appearance, the tough part is finding the fine line between too comfortable while maintaining our own signature professional aesthetic. Men’s clothing company Tommy John has created a line of moisture-wicking and antimicrobial men’s underwear and undershirts (that won’t untuck) loved by professionals across many industries, their products help aspiring individuals feel both cool and supported during the high stress moments (interviews, big pitches, public speaking engagements).Check out this savvy infographic below filled with insights for overcoming physical discomforts we all endure, like fidgeting, sweating, and pacing.

Spirit: Learn How to Laser Focus through Meditation

Some individuals feel that they can never focus because they can’t quiet their busy mind. Your mind can be your biggest foe and research has shown that mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, like mediation, yoga and deep breathing exercises can have positive impact on your focus and overall in your life. Try apps like Aaptiv  which offer  guided meditation sessions. Videos on YouTube are another simple way to learn how to meditate, stretch and control your heart rate to increase your focus while decreasing your stress levels.

Finding The Right Career Path For You

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Lots of young people struggle to identify the best career path, and so they end up working jobs that are less than suitable. Some tips on this page should help to turn that situation around. When all’s said and done, you just need to find something that makes you feel excited to get out of bed in the morning. So, take a moment to consider this advice.

Play to your strengths

Most people have at least one talent or another, and so it makes sense to consider career paths that enable you to play to your strengths. If you’re excellent at mathematics – become an accountant. If you’re fantastic at woodwork – become a carpenter. You get the idea, right?

Consider your hobbies

Everyone has a hobby they could use to earn a fortune if they take the right approach. The infographic at the bottom of this page highlights a system for those with pilot’s licenses to turn a profit, but you could do it with almost anything.

Go for the money

If all else fails; you should always go for the money. Nothing takes the sting out of working a job you hate better than a significant wage packet at the end of the month. If you can’t find anything you enjoy; at least make sure you become rich.

Those tips should help you to make better decisions this year when it comes to seeking out the best employment solutions. Put them into practice as soon as possible, and you could turn your situation around within just a few months.


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Don’t Call Me A Life Coach

Back in 2007 when I started my business I got certified as a Life Coach.

Although there are always personal conversations I have with clients, I’ve never marketed myself this way.

What is a Life Coach? 

Is that someone who is going to tell me how to live my life?

If that’s so I don’t want to talk to him/her…

Life Coaching has becoming more acceptable and mainstream recently, but I’m not comfortable with that title.

It could be because of the certification I earned from iPEC. When I started as a coach I thought I needed to be certified to prove my credibility, but to this day no one has ever questioned me about it.

During my 6 month training, I only connected with a few people in my cohort and used less than 10% of the info they taught. In fact when people contact me via LinkedIn asking about iPEC I tell them it was a waste of money.

The only 2 people I’ve met with the title Life Coach at one point in their career that I respect are: Jenny Blake and David Vik. Yet both are thought leaders and entrepreneurs which is why I admire them.

My gripe is this: being labeled a Life Coach is vague and the imagery associated is fluffy.

When I worked with a coach nearly 15 years ago it was for his expertise in a specific niche. Great coaches are consultants who use coaching techniques.

See, coaching is not an answer to “what do you do?”

Rather it’s the “how you do it.”

For example I run an online test prep company now which I focus on the sales, support and customer service for. I contract tutors to work with students while I coach my team.

I’ve found over time that I can use coaching in whatever I am doing as a career. It defines my style, not my job title.

Don’t call me a Life Coach.

Top Tips For Investing In Your 20’s

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Everybody knows that investing your money is sensible if you want to have a healthy retirement pot. But you don’t need to worry about that until you’re getting close to retiring, surely? You could wait, but if you think about it, what real reason do you have to delay? The earlier you get started, the more money you can save up. Starting in your 20’s also means that you don’t have to put as much money into investments each month. When you’re young you probably don’t have much experience with investments so it can be a little daunting. Don’t worry though, just follow these simple steps and you’ll realize that investing doesn’t have to be that hard.

Get Some Help

This is the number one most important thing to remember. You can do all the research you want but you still won’t be an expert. If you make poor investment choices you’ll lose everything so it’s always sensible to get help from a professional. Hire a good broker that can give you advice on the markets and tell you where your money is safest. Check out this tastyworks review to get a better idea of what help they can offer you. It is possible to make investments on your own without the help of a professional but it’s not worth the risk.

Understand The Power Of Compound Interest

When you put money away and it earns interest, the rate at which that money grows will get faster and faster as the interest compounds on itself. If you started investing in your 30’s, you’ll make significantly less money than you would have in your 20’s because of that interest. The earlier you get started, the more money you stand to make and even a few years can make such a huge difference.

Clear Debts First

Thinking that investing is the solution to all of your problems is naive. It can help you to build wealth from a young age but you need to think about your overall financial health as well. If you’ve got a load of student loan debts or credit card debts, all of that money you build up is just going to go into clearing them when you’re older. Before you start thinking about putting money into an investment pot, get all of your other financial business in order as well.

It’s also important that you get a handle on your spending habits as well. If you’re reckless with your money then you won’t have enough spare cash to put aside each month.

Increase The Amount Gradually

When you’re younger, you’re likely to be earning a fairly low wage. If you put too much away for investment you won’t be able to save for a car or a house or anything like that. When you first get going, start off with a small amount. Then you can increase the amount gradually, in line with your income as you start to earn more. That way, investing isn’t going to make life difficult for you.

Investing isn’t just for people in their 40’s that are earning a good wage. The earlier you start, the better.

Project Lead: Handling Your First Big Job

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For a lot of people, the idea of managing a professional project will feel like very unfamiliar territory. Most people don’t get the chance to explore this sort of job through their education, instead finding it to be a shock when they have to do it in their career. To help you with this, making it a lot less daunting, this post will be exploring some of the key jobs you’ll have to perform to make this work as a leader.

  • The Planning

Planning your project will be the first and most important part of something like this. Having a solid plan in place will make it impossible to find yourself stuck without knowing where to go, and you can find some areas to help you below. This is important for any type of company, even those with very little work to do.

Delegation: Choosing which job goes to which person will take a lot of work on your part. You will have to decide who is best for each role, making it hard to ignore the friendships or existing relationships you have.

The Split: Along with choosing who will do each job, you also have to consider how the work you have will be broken up. AGILE is a great methodology to look at for this. Though designed for software development, it can still be very useful to other sorts of work.

Monitoring: Keeping an eye on how well your job is going will be fundamental to keeping it on track. To do this, you will need to plan to have testing, assessments, and other work done at regular intervals.

  • The Outsourcing

Once you have a rough plan of the work you’re going to be doing, you’ll probably have an idea of what your existing team has the ability to handle. For example, in the case of software development, you’ll know if you have the right developers for the job. If you don’t, it isn’t the end of the world, though, and you can often hire someone temporarily. Websites like Freelancer are perfect for finding corporate event planning, product design, and all sorts of other services. Using this sort of initiative can make you look like a very good leader.

  • The Process/Assessment

With some of your work being handled outside of the company, the assessment you perform becomes much more important. At predetermined intervals, it is very worthwhile to conduct testing, audits, and even shake-ups to make sure that things are being handled correctly. This sort of work will be especially important if you have investors or clients looking for updates. There are loads of companies out there with the resources to help you with this. So, it could be worth doing some research to make sure you’re getting the right support.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to take the stress out of your first big project. A lot of people get very stressed when they have to deal with work like this. With the pressure you’re under, it would be easy to fall apart, and this could have a huge impact on the future of your career. Being prepared is always the best way to remain cool and collected, even when given issues to fix.

Stop Waiting Until You’re Ready

If you’re waiting until you’re ready to start a project, stop.

Technically you’re never “ready.”

There’s always more research to do…

There’s always more testing to do…

There’s always more planning to do…

Problem is, that’s what’s stopping you…the failure to act.

Take advice from someone whose started a number of projects that haven’t turned out successful: you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Just like hurt is inevitable in relationships, failure is bound to happen at some point in business/your career. Deal with it.

What’s helpful to know is by NOT doing anything you’re making a choice:

Every action or inaction you take has a cost. Most of the time the cost of doing NOTHING is more painful.

Use the analogy of going to the gym. The hardest part is getting there, but once you arrive rarely do you regret it. The feeling of accomplishment after completing a workout should overpower not feeling like going.

Today monetizing a passion doesn’t mean quitting your job to start a business. It includes creating a side hustle. If you think of your career as a financial investment, doesn’t it make more sense to diversify than go all-in on one role?

Freelancing will soon pass up full-time employment in the job market. That means multiple streams of income is the future of survival. If you currently don’t love selling, get used to it.

You and I value mentors because of their experience. Without starting something you lack it. Trial and error is still the best teacher, so in order to grow stop thinking and start doing.

That’s how every successful company got to where they are now: they started.

Dreaming is overrated.

Execution is what counts.

Business Overseas Relocation: Where In The World Should You Go?

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The idea of moving your business can be a daunting one, but there are numerous upsides to consider. There are many countries dotted around the world with lower levels of corporation tax, meaning that you could save a substantial amount of money on your operating costs– even when you factor in the potential expense of such a move.

According to the Tax Foundation, the US has the third-highest corporation tax rates in the world, so it’s easy to contemplate the savings you could make. If you decide to make a move, where in the world should you aim to go?

Macau

With a top rate of corporation tax of just 12.0% — which is less than half the US rate — it’s easy to see why Macau has become such a business center in recent years. A former Portuguese colony, Macau has been under Chinese sovereignty for nearly 20 years, and has flourished in this time.

Singapore

A corporation tax rate of 17.0% and a low-regulation style system has meant Singapore has created a powerful reputation as a business haven. The top rate corporate tax is still nearly half of what it is in the US, and an established foreign infrastructure can help you make the transition with ease.

While there will be new laws to adapt to, the general low levels of regulation mean that there are fewer bureaucratic hoops to jump through, which is well worth taking into account.

The UK

The UK’s top rate of corporation tax of 20.0% is not the lowest in the world (though still lower than the US), but is noticeably low for a developed country. What makes the UK such an intriguing investment is the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote. The right wing of the (minority) governing Tory party have made it clear they believe the UK’s future involves styling itself as a “Singapore-style low tax, low regulation economy”. The center wing of the party disagrees, but it’s fair to say current Brexit negotiations are not going well, meaning that a “Singapore-style” economy could ultimately be born from the chaos.

There will be new-to-you laws and legislation to adapt to, meaning you may need help with key legislation, but there’s plenty of help around. If you need to figure out IR35 then expert advice and resources from Qdos Contractor will get you up to speed, while PAYE advice can be found from most accounts. Ultimately, if you prefer the idea of moving to an Anglophone country with a potentially lucrative future, then the UK might be a good bet.

Ireland

Ireland has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, at 12.5%. The downside is the country has a history of economic instability — the so-called “Celtic Tiger” that ultimately proved unsustainable — which may give you pause. The economy is relatively stable at the present time and notably business-friendly, so if you don’t mind the potential for future unrest, then Ireland could be a viable option.

If you want to cut your operating costs — and particularly your corporate tax rate — then any of the countries above are well worth considering.

Thinking Outside Of The Box To Propel Your Career Forward

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If you want to take another step up the career ladder, then you need to make sure you’re doing everything you can in your current role to propel your career forward. One effective way to do this is by thinking outside of the box. You know what they say: life starts outside of your comfort zone. Here’s how you can begin thinking outside of the box to improve your career almost right away:

Start Making Little Changes To Your Routine

Every time you do something, whatever it may be, your brain is strengthening pathways to help you perform that task more effectively. This works for both negative and positive actions. So, if you procrastinate most days, you’re only going to feel inclined to do it more and the habit will be tough to break. Similarly, if you talk to the same people and do the very same things, you’re going to have the same thoughts. Thinking different thoughts is the key to bringing new and creative ideas to the table. It really can make a difference. These small changes could make big things happen.

Good Media Only

There’s all kinds of media out there, and for some reason, people choose to only absorb the negative stuff. Stop watching rubbish TV. You don’t even have to read a book on business, if you don’t want to. Choose a great story and relax by reading that instead. Maybe listen to a different genre of music to see how that resonates with you. Stimulating materials will help you to become more creative.

Make Sure You Have Time To Think

Being productive doesn’t mean moving or doing something all the time. You can be productive just by thinking productive thoughts. If you take time to yourself, to think in a situation where you don’t feel pressured, or even to meditate, you may find that you come up with effective solutions for things. You may come up with a lower friction solution for misaligned rotation that you’ve been looking for for weeks, or another great idea that you know will stand you in good stead with your boss. However, to do this you can’t be ‘busy’ all the time.

Focus – No Multitasking

Ban multitasking from your vocabulary. It can actually slow you down, rather than make you more productive, like many people think. Focus on one task without distractions – that means putting your phone in another room, and even stopping your email notifications.

Connect With Your Boss

If you can build a rapport with your boss, do it. Don’t be ‘bosses pet’ as this isn’t a good idea if you want to continue a relationship with fellow employees either. Simply develop a positive relationship, and you’ll feel more confident to present your unique ideas.

Using these ideas to make changes to your day to day life will definitely help you to switch things up and take your career further. Do you have any suggestions you think will help readers? Leave your own thoughts below!

Employees: It’s Time To Take A Stand

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As an employee we should feel valued and respected every day that we come into work. But as employee’s we know this isn’t always the case. There are so many things wrong with some companies that make them truly terrible placed to work for. Yet the chances are we put up with everything thrown at us simply because we don’t want to lose our jobs. But this isn’t how things should work. Any workplace should be free of hassle and everyone should have mutual respect for each other. If you’re fed up of some of the things going on in the company you work for, then take a stand!

Discrimination

Discrimination happens in every company in many different ways. It doesn’t necessarily have to be racial discrimination, this is really uncommon now. The discrimination we’re talking about is gender and favoritism. Gender discrimination is still really prominent in the workplace. Often males are chosen for the better roles, or given the better tasks during the day. If it is a mainly male based company then this is likely going to be happening often. But it does work both ways, if the office is mainly women, it is easy for a male to be discriminated. It isn’t right to be spending your days doing the jobs nobody else wants to do. If you’ve got designated job role, take a stand and stick to it all day. Don’t keep saying yes in fear of losing a job. If this did happen you could look into unfair dismissal charges. It can also be the case that with gender discrimination comes wage discrimination, more information of which can be found on this employment law blog. Favoritism is huge in companies all over the world. If you’re the favorite one then lucky you, if not it can make working days so annoying. If you feel someone is getting special treatment, mention it to your manager and try to get it evenly spread out through the office.

Rights

As employees we do have a lot of rights that sometimes aren’t respected. For example, if you work at computers all day, you do have the right to take a 5-10 minute break for every 60 minutes you’re at the computer. This doesn’t necessarily mean a break from working, but you should be able to be away from the computer. You also have the right to fair treatment and respect, which a lot of companies lack. You should come into work and be spoken to with respect like you’d expect in any other walk of life. But once some bosses get the power in their hands, the turn nasty rather than nice. If you feel you’re being spoken to unfairly, just have a word and let them know how you’re feeling. You also have the right to feeling safe in your working environment, again another thing some people don’t feel. If there are continuous hazards you need to report them to your manager, if they’re aware and don’t care, you need to take it further and ask for outside advice on whether a health and safety official can pay a visit to your company.

Act Like A Boss, Not A Friend

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If you have never been a manager before, you may feel as if you’ve been thrown into the deep end without a paddle. Becoming a manager for a group of people who you once worked alongside can be very stressful, it can feel incredibly awkward and first and you may feel guilty giving orders. The important thing to remember is that this is your career and you have been given a wonderful opportunity to spread your wings and prove what you are capable of as an individual and to grow your professional skills even further. If you don’t know where to start and how you are supposed to act as a manager, here are some tips:

Don’t become smug

The worst thing that people can do when they earn a position of slight power is to let it go their head and play it off as if they are better than everyone else. You are not better than everyone else, you have simply proven qualified and experienced enough to handle the responsibility of looking after a group of employees.

Act like a boss, not a friend

The important thing to keep in mind when you move up in the workplace is to balance your behaviour in a professional way. While you don’t want to buy yourself a crown and walk around the office calling everyone peasants, you also can’t have that same friend-to-friend relationship as you did when you were a lower member of the team. Now that you have found yourself responsible for the running of an office and you have to delegate tasks, you need to learn to distance yourself from the rest of the team in a way where they respect your authority without thinking of you as a dictator.

Discuss your new role

When you get promoted to the position of manager, make sure that you take some time to sit down with your boss and talk through the duties, responsibilities and actions you should be taking as a people manager. If you are worries about how to treat your staff and what to do in terms of talking to them and holding team meetings of your own- voice these concerns with your boss and they will be able to give you some advice on how you need to act in your new role. Take the time to also discuss what your goals are in terms of sales or KPIs within the office, and how best to delegate tasks amongst your team.

Learn the culture

Every company has a different way of working and different views. In order for you to find your place within the organisation and allow it to function well, you will need to take the time to work out how the body of the business works. Where is the brain, the blood and the heart of the business? What makes it tick and who are the key players?

Think back to your old managers

You may have had several managers in your time in the working world, and hopefully there will be at least one of those managers who you looked up to and saw as a good role model. Take on their ways and incorporate them with your own as you find your flow and get used to the role. Over the years you will develop your own way of running things- but when you start out it is helpful to have a role model to look up to.

Get to know your employees

If you have simply been promoted to the role of manager within the same team, then you will already know your colleagues pretty well; however, if you are moving to a new company to be a manager, you will need to take some time to get to know your employees. Make sure that you hold regular staff meetings when you first join and let each of your team members explain a little bit about the role they take on in the office and any projects they are currently working on. Continue to hold meetings each week or month to catch up and make sure everyone is happy with what they are doing and they aren’t struggling with anything. It may also be a great idea to take out some time to go on team-building exercises or even take the team out for dinner at the end of the month to get to know everyone on a more personal level. Although you do want boundaries, it is much easier working with people you know trust and respect.

Understand individual needs

You will be managing a group of people who are all unique in the way they think, work and who have individual personalities. You may find that you end up working with someone who suffers from dyslexia and struggles to read, or suffers with anxiety and struggles to talk. Making arrangements to accommodate and help these individuals will be what sets you apart as a good manager. Certain members of the team such as accounting may require a private office to work with sensitive information, so make sure that you cater to everyone’s needs.

Discuss your role with your team

When you are promoted to a level which is higher than your peers, it can be awkward and a little bit uncomfortable for everyone to get used to. Instead of staying quiet and beginning to act like a manager straight away, take an hour or so to sit down with your new team and talk to them about the new role you’ll be playing. They will understand that you have new duties and will be able to help you adjust to your new role with encouragement. Working with your friends is helping in this way because they can help you to air your concerns and feeling and reassure you that it won’t change anything with your friendship. You will then be able to transition to the role of manager with the full support of those you once worked alongside.