Last time we talked about the top 5 life lessons learned since COVID and this time we are going to go over the top 5 work lessons. Some of them are similar because really, we carry our life into our work.
It has been an interesting year for careers and maybe it became the year that you decided you wanted to change careers entirely, make a shift for a better position or scale back to gain more focus or balance. Regardless of your decision, here are the 5 tips I want to share with you.
- Keep the Faith -Like I said last time, things like a pandemic test your faith. Businesses closing down, layoffs, and all the scary things that go along with quarantine periods can really shake your faith but it doesn’t have to. Spend a little time reflecting on your relationship with the Lord. Do you have faith that all will work out? I do. I know he is walking alongside us and directing our lives to even greater opportunities.
- Don’t Be Afraid of Technology – Technology is one of those things that most of us are scared of. Yet, in the last 6-7 months we have been thrown in the deep end! We have all had to learn new ways to do things that we didn’t feel like we could, let alone had time for. The best thing about it though is that change helps you grow. It is scary in the beginning but it can get really fun and open you up to new opportunities you never would have had. I bet if you look back at your technology growth this year, you will be pleasantly surprised. I’m giving you an A+!
- Patience & Love – Like in life, patience is important in your career too. Especially if you are working from home alongside your spouse or family member who is also working from home and your children who are doing online school. Having patience with each other is important. You will all need to coordinate important online events and make a plan for how to best support each other but patience and love can go a long way in making it all work.
- Show Appreciation – You may not be gathering at the office for staff meetings or events but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with your coworkers and show appreciation. Do a short Zoom meeting together and catch up while you all have lunch, or your favorite snack. Send a text or email telling your coworkers how much you appreciate them or commenting on something special that they recently did. This will make them feel special and it will also make you feel good. Showing appreciation costs nothing and can mean everything to someone, especially if they are working from home and live alone. Also consider, your customers. A thank you or message of appreciation can go a long way!
- Be open to new opportunities – You may discover that you are not doing what you love anymore. You may need to adjust your tasks or even how much you work. It may be time to try out a new industry. It may be time to put on that entrepreneurial hat you’ve been staring at and step boldly into that business. It is OK. You can either adapt to the new way of doing things or be open to new opportunities that may be a better fit for you. If you want to chat about what that could look like and how I can support you, just reach out.
I hope these tips have helped you and I invite you to share with me any tips you may have that can help others as well!
Thought I’d close with this quote I read recently…
Kindness is not endorsement.
Kindness is not compromise.
Kindness in not expensive.
Kindness is EXPANSIVE!
Look for a way to demonstrate kindness each day!