I wanted to share a few of my favorite resources for the New Year on Life & Career Planning- I hope you find these helpful!
- Success Talks: Interviews with various successful people from multiple fields (featured in Success Magazie)
- Michael Hyatt: This is Your Life
- The Tony Robbins Podcast
- TED Radio Hour– Various speakers on multiple topics
Best Books on Life / College / Career Planning: (most are available as ebooks and on Audible)
- Living Forward – Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy
- What Color is your Parachute for Teens – Carol Christen
- Teens Guide to College and Career Planning– Justin Muchnick
- The Art of Work- Jeff Goins
Helpful Websites for Career Planning:
- Occupational Information Network: www.onetonline.org
- Career One Stop: www.careeronestop.org
- My Next Move: www.mynextmove.org
- Bureau of Labor Statistics:
My Newest Habits:
1. Make small but consistent healthy choices.
Often New Years is a time for dramatic resolutions that can quickly become overwhelming and lead to burnout. If I had decided I should start running 5 miles a day I would quickly get discouraged and give up. Instead I decided to make a few small changes that I can realistically stick with over time, including:
-Drink more water and less caffeine. (It’s easy for me to drink coffee and sweet tea all day long- but that’s not the best way to stay hydrated and the excessive caffeine actually makes it harder for me to focus.)
-Do something physical for at least 10 minutes a day- even if it’s just a brisk walk. (This one is not difficult now that I get to chase my very mobile 1 year old around most days- it’s not official exercise, but it wears me out!)
-Eat one more salad and one less fast food meal a week (On work days I quickly default to the familiar cheeseburger and french fries for lunch- but all those calories just make me feel overly stuffed and lethargic by about 2:30. I feel much more energetic with smaller portions and healthier options.)
These simple changes will have a positive impact on my health over time and are easy enough to commit to and stick with over time.
2. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than I need to.
I’m using this time to pray, plan out my day, read, or spend some time planning for our future. And it’s truly amazing the impact these few minutes alone have had on my mindset and productivity the rest of the day. (My husband actually got me started on this when he started setting his alarm and getting up at 6am. At first I was mildly annoyed to be woken up so much earlier than absolutely necessary- but when I decided to try getting up early too instead of laying there trying to squeeze in those last few minutes of sleep I suddenly had so much more free time in my day! And where mornings used to be alot of frantic rushing around and stress, they’re now calmer, peaceful and actually pleasant- which is a nice start to the rest of the day.)
3. Waste less time on TV, Facebook, etc.
It’s so easy to grab my phone when I have a free minute, open Facebook and spend 30 minutes scrolling through other people’s lives. Or to watch “just one more episode of whatever” on Netflix…6 or 7 times. And while there’s nothing wrong with catching up with friends or enjoying a couple shows occasionally- these activities have the potential to drain away a lot of my time with very little positive results to show for it. I’m becoming more aware of how I’m choosing to invest my free time.
4. Fill the void– Be productive with downtime; read, listen to podcasts, exercise or connect with someone.
We all have things we know would be beneficial for us but we “just don’t have time” for. And while it may be difficult to find a whole extra uninterrupted hour in a day, we all have little pockets of time we can put to good use. Five minutes to go for a quick walk outside, 10 minutes to read one chapter in a book or call a friend you haven’t talked with in a while.
We live in Houston so we spend a lot of time driving and in traffic- and I used to just flip constantly through several radio stations and get frustrated we weren’t moving any faster. However lately I’ve been using my drive time to listen to podcasts and that gives me something to focus on and makes the drive time feel so much faster. A friend of mine uses her drive time as prayer time and prays for herself, family and friends while driving. How can you make better use of the little pockets of time we all have scattered throughout our day?
These are just a few of the resources and life changes I’ve found to be helpful recently and I hope they are useful for you too as you start off 2017! I’d love to hear what positive changes you’re making in your life and what helps keep you motivated and focused on your New Year’s Goals!