If, like us, you’re ready to hurl an almond milk latte at the next person who says ‘new year, new me’ (ironically or otherwise), don’t worry – we like you just as you are.
That said, with a new year does come an opportunity to check on your current career path, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you work out if you’re living your best work life.
How are you?
Controversial question, when it’s you asking yourself. When it’s ex-flatmate Gail who you’ve not seen in four years, the response is 11 times out of 10 ‘great thanks’ – the rules of social conduct require us to never actually be honest. When it’s you asking you, though, honesty is vital. Are you content? Challenged? Angry? Bored? Living for the weekends? You never know, you might be ready for a change and not even know it. How are you?
Follow the ‘two of three’ rule.
Money. Enjoyment. Progression. If you don’t have at least two of these three things, pack up that desk cactus and panini sandwich, because it’s time to get moving.
Does everything in your current role bring you joy?
Obviously there are parts of your position that come with the job and are unavoidable, but if there’s wasted time and effort going on, see what options you have to shift that work elsewhere. You might find spending more time doing valuable work is just as great as moving into a whole new role. And yes, we just Marie Kondo-ed this.
When you’re done, you’re done.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you’ll know when you’ve gotten everything you can out of a role or a company. Trust your instincts. Is there more you can get from being where you are? If yes, identify it and go do. If no, have a think about what would make you feel awesome on a daily basis.
It’s totally cool to be happy.
Another controversial thought – you don’t need to change if you’re happy where you are. There’s a pretty exhausting notion that we (as functioning, working, adult humans) always needing to progress to the next thing or be working toward something more. If you’re happy doing what you’re doing (regardless of how long it’s been), then reevaluating your career path may not be something you need to do.