As the end of summer cruises past, many of us still dream of re-living our wonderful summer vacation and never having to return to normality.
For most of us, however, we still have to head back to the grind of what is no doubt the busiest quarter of the year. How about a couple of tips to make the first few weeks slightly easier.
1. Wardrobe: If we look and feel good, we work better.
Personally, sorting out what I’m wearing for an ordinary week the Sunday before makes life easier. You can sort by colour, or even by weather forecast. No point in waking up with the intention of donning your winter clothes to find that its baking hot. The BBC weather app has improved a lot since the Michael Fish disaster a few decades ago so you can plan at least 2 weeks ahead. Or just review your diary and see what the week looks like and organise your clothes accordingly. Don’t forget the workout gear too if that is also part of your routine. I find if I have my workout gear is sorted out, I’m more likely to go to the gym or run.
2. Your LinkedIn: Is it current?
Check out your LinkedIn profile and make tweaks as necessary. Is your headline still relevant. Are your achievements highlighted? Have you published that article that’s been sitting in the draft box for 6 months? Get to it and engage with your contacts more regularly by sharing relevant articles too. You see, what I know about this platform and all the others out there is that the more you use it, the more you show up in their algorithms. And because this is where other professionals hang out, you never know who might be watching you when you show up.
3. Switch lanes a bit – try the road less travelled
Being busy is the new normal – granted. Have you been doing the one-to-one meetings a lot this year and ignoring the value of one-to-many or has it been the other way round? Look at how you’ve spent your time with others and see if making a slight switch can help you nail 2019. What did you promise yourself at the beginning of the year to achieve? How far are you on that journey? Do you need help? If so, drop me a line. I might be able to help or know someone who can.
Every good wish – Lily
About me: My name is Lily Naadu Mensah.
Author of Work Your QUIRKs: The businesswoman’s companion for a sparkling personal brand.
An internationally savvy personal brand connoisseur with a flair for creating professional and endearing presence on paper (CV, Resume or Bio) in personal (Wardrobe) and online (Social Media). As a branding specialist and coach, I work with talented individuals in projecting and articulating what makes them unique so they can stand out from others with similar qualifications and expertise. You can find out more about me at https://lilymensah.com, https://www.facebook.com/LadyMensahBrand or https://www.instagram.com/ladymensahbrand/