It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day activities of our jobs and our lives. What we’re doing today trumps what we need to plan for a month or a year from now. One of the best business books for women I’ve ever read was amBITCHous
. Though it boasts a somewhat controversial title, it outlines ways in which women can make more money, acquire more power, and get the recognition she deserves.
The most valuable lesson I took from this book was the importance of practicing self-evaluation and the continual updating of your career plan. The author, Debra Condren, recommends taking a weekend to yourself at least once a year. Rent a hotel room, if possible. Get yourself out of your normal environment and the distractions of your television, family and friends, and spend that time planning and being introspective.
Well, not all of us can hole up in a hotel suite to plan our next career moves. So if you can’t find a swanky hotel (or afford one), at least commit to the exercise. Take a day (or two if you can swing it) and focus solely on planning your next moves. What are your goals and objectives for the next year? What do you want to accomplish at work and at home? What are your “BHAGS” (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) for the next 3 or 5 years?
Taking “time for yourself” doesn’t always mean a manicure and a massage. It means truly thinking through your goals, your plans, and your next steps. For me, being three months into a job, now is the time to set goals, plan for my success in my job, and reevaluate what I need to feel fulfilled in my life.
Marcy Twete is the Founder and CEO of Career Girl Network and the author of the book “You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works.” At Career Girl Network, Marcy provides women with information, resources, and networking to empower them in their careers and to advance the work of women in business as a whole. Prior to launching Career Girl Network, Marcy worked in numerous nonprofit organizations and as a consultant in the field of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and community relations. Marcy is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a native of rural North Dakota. She is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago and a member of the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, and is dedicated to advancing the work of organizations that move the needle for women and girls worldwide.