A new year has arrived; we have now been presented with a blank canvas – a fresh start, and an opportunity to sketch things into place to make 2016 a bigger success.
If you’ve listed ‘change job’ as a new year’s resolution then you are not alone. Research has shown that a staggering 7.7 million UK workers determine to get a new job this year. On average, people spend 90,000 hours of their waking life at work; so inevitably, our level of job satisfaction has a major impact on our happiness.
If you are considering entering into the job market, it’s important that your decision is well-thought out rather than impulsive, because any hasty decisions could soon turn into regret.
Start by asking yourself why you would like to leave your current job. It may be an issue that can be resolved through a candid discussion with your manager. If your heart is still set on leaving then have a game plan ready for the job search ahead, this includes having a strong understanding of what your ideal job is and how you intend on finding it.
A better you
More than 40% of employees are so consumed by their work that they end up neglecting other aspects of their life. Mastering the perfect work-life balance seems to be a never ending challenge for most people, but it is possible! In fact, it should be high priority!
The key to mastering the perfect work-life balance is to work smart. To-do lists have a valuable place within the work environment, especially where there is high risk of blurring the line between busyness and productivity. To-do lists can instantly introduce structure to your day, so that when you walk into the office, your first thoughts are not “where do I begin?”
Setting personal and work-related goals is also a great way of putting your life into perspective, and making sure that you give yourself the chance to aspire to things outside of the workplace. When writing down your SMART goals, think about why they are important to you – why do you have a desire to achieve each particular goal? Answering the ‘why’ will help you to stay motivated.
Sleep is another factor that needs to be addressed when hoping to improve your wellbeing for 2016. One of our recruitment consultants, Josh goes to bed at 8pm every week night! His discipline pays off, and he is alert and fresh eyed throughout the week. On average, we should be getting six to nine hours of sleep per night. I wonder how many of us are guilty of not doing this.
Lastly on the topic of work-life balance, when having leisure time, keep it exactly that. Your free time should be a work-free zone, so don’t be afraid to turn your phone notifications off.
Live life doing what you love!
Due to the industry I am in, I have a lot of conversations with people who sadly either do not like the job they are in, or it is not their true passion. I know that we are not living in an ideal world where everyone is privileged enough to have their dream job, but as cliché as it may sound, we only have one life, and it should be lived to the fullest.
You may not be in a position to leave your job, but if your current employment allows, maybe you can start up your own business in your free time? Nowadays, all a business needs to launch is the registered product/service, a contact number, and a website (at a stretch!).
That is exactly what I chose to do three years ago, when I left the security of being employed and started my own recruitment consultancy. I am very thankful for what we have accomplished, and haven’t looked back since. On top of that, I have set up Success Marketing, and our website will be launching this month – so it’s fair to say that 2016 is looking like an exciting year!
Life does come with challenges and uncertainties, but a large proportion of life also places you in the driving seat. Don’t pass off the opportunity to fulfil your purpose.
On behalf of the team at Success Recruit, I would like to wish you a prosperous 2016 living out the life that you want.