Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? I think it can happen to all of us when things get really crazy at work, or over the holiday season when there’s lots to do and so many people to see. It can even happen to us simply in day to day living.
Sometimes you can feel like you’re running on empty in your career, too. It’s a shame we don’t have a little light that goes on (like our cars do) to tell us when it’s time to refuel. Or do we? If you’re paying attention to how you feel – to your energy level, your engagement level – you probably know when it’s time. The question is, do you act on it? In my experience, many people know the warning light has come on and don’t do anything about it.
If you’re not constantly improving on the work you do, the people you know and the brand you’ve created for yourself, then your market value goes down.
I read this somewhere a long while back and saved it because it really resonated with me. I happened across it again today in some notes I’ve kept and it connected with me once again. I wish I could remember where I saw it – then I could give credit where credit is due.
Regardless, it’s a relevant message with respect to career self-management.
I bought a new car recently, and with the new car I got a suggested maintenance schedule which for the most part I expect I’ll follow. I want to be sure to look after my investment. Makes sense, right?
Just yesterday I had a conversation with a client about something similar as it relates to career. While your career doesn’t come with a maintenance schedule, I think it should. Not a schedule someone sets for you – like an annual or bi-annual performance review. A schedule you set for yourself where you check in on what’s working and tune things up that aren’t at the optimum. Every six months as a minimum is a good time frame to consider. More often is even better.