New Year’s Resolutions for the Go-Getter [Part 2]

Now for the second part of 2313 Inc.‘s list of awesome resolutions to make in the new year!

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here.

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3. “In 2018, I will take every opportunity to express my appreciation to those around me.”

Verbally sharing and physically showing appreciation are natural next steps to feeling gratitude internally (#2 on our list).

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We stumbled upon a pretty awesome quote on Twitter recently:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward

It’s easy to assume that the people around us know that we appreciate them — and in most cases, they probably do. But, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make them feel good to hear you express it.

There isn’t a person on earth who doesn’t feel a spark of joy when given a genuine compliment or when recognized for their hard work. So why not share the love? Who knows, it might be great for your own life and career.

Perhaps 2018 will be the year in which you go out of your way to verbalize your gratitude to those whom you appreciate.

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4. “In 2018, I will plan my week in advance, every single week.”

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you’re just flying by the seat of your pants, rushing around to get things done, jotting down reminders in random places, and just feeling utterly overwhelmed? We all have.

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The problem with those disorganized weeks is that not only do you feel terrible, but your productivity isn’t optimal either.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin

In this new year, make it your mission to avoid being disheveled at all costs. The most effective way to do this is to make it a top priority to always plan out your week — before the new week begins.

Many people like to do this on Sunday, but it doesn’t necessarily matter which day you choose. What is most important is that you take the time to think through the priorities of the week, and to organize your time accordingly.

Make 2018 the year you plan and prioritize.

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What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Share them with 2313 Inc. in the comments section below!

From all of us here in Farmington Hills, we wish you a happy and successful year ahead!

Before you go, be sure to connect with 2313 Inc. on LinkedIn!

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Go-Getter [Part 1]

With a brand new year beginning in less than 2 weeks, all of us at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) are fine-tuning our resolutions for 2018. With this fresh set of 365 days comes the hope of happiness, success, and abundance; and we don’t know about you, but we’ve got some pretty big goals in mind at 2313 Inc.

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If you could use some help putting together your own objectives for the year ahead, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions worth committing to:

1. “In 2018, I will wake up 1 hour earlier every day.”

Ponder this one for a second: waking up an hour earlier every day will give you an extra 365 hours in your life to get things done. That’s 15 days! Whoa.

Imagine how much progress you could make on anything with all of that extra time.

Perhaps you’ll use your mornings to start a new workout routine before heading to the office. Or, maybe you’ll use the extra hour to read the news and become a more informed citizen. How about listening to a podcast or audiobook that will help you in your career? The possibilities are endless! Choose one or two things and commit.

So, instead of staying up late binging on season 2 of Stranger Things, exercise that self-discipline muscle and head to sleep so you can wake up 1 hour ahead of schedule!

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2. “In 2018, I will take a moment each day to reflect about what I am grateful for.”

A big element of acquiring (and maintaining) the inner peace necessary to tackle challenging goals is feeling grateful for what you already have.

If you aren’t already in the habit of doing so, perhaps 2018 will be the year in which you take a moment each day to think about what you are thankful for in your life. This is an extremely useful tool for managing stress, overcoming obstacles, and grounding yourself when you’re feeling frustrated. When you remind yourself of how fortunate you are, you are likely to feel optimistic and energized.

Keep challenging yourself and keep wanting more — but be grateful for what you already have and the journey that you’re on.

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We’ve got more where these came from! Click here to read Part 2 of New Year’s Resolutions for the Go-Getter by 2313 Inc.

A 5-Step Guide to Setting and Meeting Career Goals

Goal-setting is a regular and ongoing activity we engage in here at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI). Here’s how to implement this productive habit in your own life.

A 5-Step Guide to Setting and Meeting Career Goals 2313 Inc
Nobody with any degree of motivation imagines that they’ll be in the same job, at the same pay rate, five years from now. So what do you do if you want to move beyond your current position? You need to set goals—but how do you do that for maximum chances of success? Here are some tips from 2313 Inc.
 
Make your goals SMART
Unless your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely, you’re not going to be able to achieve them. It’s not enough, for example, to say that you’d like to own your own business. You need to set a goal like, “I will own my own business in five years.” This specific goal is also measurable because you can track your progress toward that goal. It’s achievable and realistic if you are motivated, and timely because you’ve set a time limit for achieving that long-term goal.
 
Create milestones
Because SMART goals must be measurable and achievable, create milestones (or short-term goals) in support of your long-term goal. For example, you could create a short-term goal of finding at least one mentor within a month, or taking an accounting or bookkeeping class within a year to support your ability to manage your business finances.
 
Build your network
Once you’ve decided on the goal you want to achieve, some of the milestones you create should revolve around building your network. Seek out mentors in your desired career field, talk to people at networking events and conferences, and build connections with people online through career-oriented social media channels. By building your network, you’ll have a better chance of successfully achieving your goals.
 
Be committed and accountable
You can create all the long-term and short-term goals you want, but if you’re not committed to them, you won’t succeed. If you believe your goal is important and attainable, you’re more likely to do the work necessary to achieve it. Likewise, you need to be accountable, so make sure a mentor or fellow entrepreneur is there to hold you to your long-term and short-term goals.
 
On the other hand, be flexible
You may find that you need to change your timeline for achievement of your goals. For example, if you have a goal of graduating from college in three years, but then realize you can’t do that while also working full-time, don’t be afraid to modify that goal. Maybe you can take one or two evening classes each semester.
However, there’s also a chance that a goal you set may no longer be important to you; in that case, set yourself a new SMART goal to achieve.
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Creating Your Own Professional Development Plan

2313 Inc., based in Farmington Hills, is proud to offer a leadership develop program in which highly motivated individuals can grow and develop professionally. Here are our best tips for taking matters into your own hands.

 

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Creating a professional development plan focused on your career growth will help you reach your goal.

Resources for professional development are available in many locations. Local colleges, technical schools, and public libraries offer short and long-term programs to improve professional skills. The Internet is another source of educational opportunities, featuring blogs devoted to professional development and improving business skills. Once you know what you want to study, it’s time to create a development plan that meets your needs. Here are some ideas that will help you get started:

What Do You Know?

Determine what you know and what you want to learn. Create a list of skills you use every day and identify the skills you want to improve. If your goal is career advancement, review job descriptions that interest you and add the required skills to your list. (If you live near Detroit, check and see if 2313 Inc. is hiring!)

How Will You Learn?

There are lots of resources available to you when you begin studying: books, continuing education, online courses, and more. Choose the type of learning that works best for you.

Time and Money

Review your daily, weekly, and monthly schedule and reserve time for professional development. Even a small amount of time devoted to reading a new book will improve your abilities over time. If you’re interested in taking a class, you should create a realistic budget and start saving now.

Stay on Track

Track your progress as you follow your professional development plan. Keep a journal, and record the books you read and classes you attended. Include your big and small victories; any progress is good progress. Take notes on the subject areas that require more training.

Find a Mentor

A mentor is someone in your profession with greater experience who is interested in sharing their skills. Search for mentoring opportunities in your professional community. Your employer may offer a program, or a colleague may be willing to share her expertise over a cup of coffee.

Volunteer to Do More

Opportunity comes to those who ask for it. If you want to learn new skills, let your supervisor know that you’re interested. Volunteer for projects that require that you improve or learn a new skill. Learning new skills will keep you motivated and will help improve your confidence.

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