Shifting Gears: Six Tips for Shaking Off a Summer State of Mind
By Helene Cavalli on September 20, 2013
Summer is winding down, typically signaling an increase in activity and renewed focus in the workplace as employees shift gears and shake off the last vestiges of summer. As companies enter the last quarter they’re looking for employees to be contributing at full capacity to ensure business goals are achieved.
To get your head back into the game, now is a good time to recommit to goals, evaluate your year-to-date performance and kick it into high gear. Here are six tips for shaking off a “summer state of mind” so that you’re operating at peak performance:
- Assess and prioritize. What’s happened over the past three months that may have impacted strategic objectives? Reassess your goals and reset your priorities to ensure you’re aligned with the goals and priorities of the organization and your boss.
- Evaluate your performance. Assess your performance over the past quarter. What have you accomplished? What results did you achieve? Did you meet all of your objectives? Identify barriers to productivity and any weaknesses in skills that could be holding you back. And then update your resume to include your new accomplishments.
- Commit to development. Take responsibility for your professional development and seek out learning opportunities. Enroll in a class to improve your writing skills. Identify a stretch project within your department. Raise your hand to participate in a special assignment working with a cross-functional team.
- Increase collaboration. Connect with colleagues and team members to provide status updates on assigned projects. Identify accomplishments and outstanding tasks, confirm ownership of tasks and update timelines.
- Do some fall clean-up. Take a few minutes to disinfect your workspace. Keeping your desk clean may also help ward off colds and flu viruses, reducing downtime and unplanned absences.
- Ramp up networking efforts. Re-focus your attention on internal and external networking. Set goals on the number of new connections you’d like to make. Sign up for monthly networking events. Identify ways you can increase your presence on LinkedIn.
It’s always helpful to take a step back and assess what you’ve done, what you’re currently doing and what needs to be done. This will provide you with insight into what’s worked, what needs work and how to close any gaps, giving you the focus needed to achieve your goals.
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