Getting Yourself Motivated and Organised for the Year Ahead

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The following article is a guest post.

Whatever goals you’ve set yourself this year, the one thing you’re going to need to achieve them is motivation. Without motivation, it’s much harder to stay focused on what you want to achieve.

New Year’s resolutions are a fantastic example of how important motivation is. Have you ever noticed you start off well with your resolutions only to get back into the same bad habits a month or so later? This happens a lot and it’s all down to motivation.  So, how can you get and more importantly, stay motivated and organised for the year ahead? Below you’ll discover some of the best tips which can help.

Identify triggers and replace bad habits.

Before you can make any changes in life, you need to first identify exactly what it is which needs to change. Identifying your triggers for any bad habits you may have, gives you the opportunity to banish them and replace bad habits with good ones.

Say, for example, you tend to develop sugar cravings throughout the day. The cravings are a trigger for a learned routine, such as grabbing a glass of fizzy pop or eating a handful of sweets for an instant sugar rush. However, it’s possible to change this routine by recognising the trigger and then doing something totally different to get the same reward. When you experience a craving, do some push-ups or head out on a walk. Soon, you’ll start to associate the craving with physical exercise and the reward is the feel-good endorphins you’ll experience. 

Record your progress and thoughts.

By far one of the most effective ways of staying motivated to achieve your goals, is to record your progress. If you can see that you are making progress, it will boost your motivation and push you forward.

You can also use a diary from companies such as Collins Debden, to record your thoughts and feelings. Often, it’s easy to forget that a large part of moving forward and achieving your goals is to combat the mental barriers, as well as the physical ones. Keeping a diary can help you to identify certain factors which may be hampering your success, as well as help you to set positive affirmations which can really help boost motivation.

Surround yourself with motivation.

Finally, it’s always good to surround yourself with motivation.

What really motivates you? Is it other people? If so, following fitness gurus on social media could be a great first step.

Or maybe you find it inspiring to look up motivational quotes? Create a folder or diary packed full of your favourite motivational quotes which you can come back to when you need a motivational boost.

These are just some of the great tips you can follow to stay motivated and organised in the year ahead. Gaining motivation is one thing, but keeping it is entirely another. So, it’s important to focus on ways to boost motivation when times get tough.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career