In this post, John Espirian shares his thoughts for the year ahead.
Are you one for New Year’s resolutions? I’m not. Most of the time they just don’t work.
And there’s the nub of the matter: why bother doing anything that doesn’t work? In the case of resolutions, the sticking point is usually that our best intentions are too grandiose. We write cheques that our behaviours can seldom cash.
Get stuff done
If we think about our lives from the professional point of view, everything should have a utility.
A meaning. A purpose. A goal.
So what? Shouldn’t we just enjoy the ride? Well, yes, of course. But don’t forget that we’re in a global marketplace. There are now more than 400 million professionals on LinkedIn alone. How many of them are just admiring the scenery as the days go by? Are you one of them?
Time is money
Think for a moment about the proportion of boring, repetitive tasks that sap minutes or even hours of your productive time each day. Then consider this: even if you could save yourself just 5 minutes a day, you could add 20 hours of productive time to your working year.
Say you’re a freelance professional, earning £25 per hour: those 5 minutes of wasted time per day add up to lost revenues of £500 per year before tax.
If I change anything this year, it will be to sharpen the focus on achieving my professional goals in the most efficient way. That way, I waste less and do more. Not so much a resolution but more of a general change in thinking.
The recent LinkedIn Success Summit – a week-long online buffet of great ideas – has helped me make this change. I suggest checking it out if you need some inspiration in putting your best foot forward.
Tips to improve workflows
My core business is in writing and editing documents for clients. One of my main strengths is in pointing out areas where business processes could be improved. I’m going to focus on that in my blogging throughout 2016, with lots of time-saving tips for the busy digital professional.
What do you think of resolutions?
Are they a waste of time? Let me know what you think by posting a comment below.
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Who wrote this?
I'm John Espirian, the relentlessly helpful technical copywriter. I've written about IT and the web since 1998, and I'm a former Microsoft MVP. If you need B2B web content that explains how your products, services and processes work, I'm your guy.
The Espirian blog provides writing tips and how-to guides on improving your online presence and marketing your business.
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