Many of us (all of us?) were more than ready to turn the page on 2020.
Setting goals can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s pressure, but excitement, optimism and anticipation, too.
Yet the uncertainty of the previous year has caused many people to put their goals for 2021 on hold.
In this blog, we’ll offer some tips for getting organized, focused and ready to tackle the new year with ambitious-yet-achievable goals. Let’s get started.
Tip #1: Take a Breath, Then Take Stock
If it feels like 2020 was equal parts “15 years rolled into one” and “where did the time go?,” you’re not alone. It was a lot (to say the least).
Don’t get down on yourself if you’re behind on planning for the new year. There’s still time.
This is where old-fashioned pen and paper come in handy (some things never change in the digital age, after all). Carve out an hour in your day and sit down—with limited to no distractions—and reflect.
Where are you in your career? Are you where you want to be? Do you have what you need to develop further? From there, map out where you want to take your career path and the steps required to get there.
Sometimes, a clear mind and a clear focus are all that we need.
Tip #2: Look to the Future
Once you have identified your path (or at least where you see growth opportunities), it’s important to start planning.
Where will you be working? Think of this in the physical sense. If you’re returning to the office, your office space likely has the resources needed to be productive. If not, it’s worth a conversation with leadership to address those concerns.
If you’ll be working from home, it’s time to plan for your home office (or upgrade it).
Do you have supportive, comfortable furniture? There are proven medical and health benefits to having the proper furniture in your workspace. According to a study released by the Mayo Clinic, extended periods of sitting are harmful – and a height-adjustable workstation and an ergonomic chair are two key items to consider.
The Mayo Clinic says that “an analysis of data from more than 1 million people found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day countered the effects of too much sitting,” and further, “it seems clear that less sitting and more moving overall contribute to better health. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance or finding ways to walk while you work.”
The bottom line: get up, move around, change it up! It’s good for you.
Tip #3: Consider the Short Term and Long Term
Your goals and your plan(s) for reaching them should be linked in both the near future and down the road.
Are you aiming for more independence, a role with more responsibility or simply a flexible job? You’re thinking similarly to tens of thousands of Americans who want the same things in their next role. When planning for the future, furniture and how your workspace supports you will come into play (and probably more than you think).
Proactive planning is the key. If you’re set up for success and driving toward the goals you’ve set for yourself, how you’ve structured your space and the way you work will help you get there.
To learn more about HON’s office furniture solutions and how they can contribute to a healthy, productive career, please visit HON.com.