When I speak to business audiences about networking smarter, each keynote includes ways for professionals to be more efficient in the workplace (to get from point A to point B – faster). Since we all have the same amount of time to work, learning how to be more productive – and successful – sometimes boils down to using downtime more effectively. This holiday season, consider utilizing some of your break to invest in productive business activities to help empower you for 2017.
Update Your LinkedIn Profile
When’s the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Consider using downtime this holiday season to give your profile an update. Some ideas include adding a recent photo, editing your work experience, add new skills acquired in 2016 and create an eye-catching headline that aligns with your 2017 objective.
Revise Your TMAY (Tell Me About Yourself Statement)
The New Year is around the corner; a great time to revisit your “elevator pitch”. Create or edit a 60-90 second statement to utilize during networking events and/or interviews that can help new contacts learn more about you, your work history and what your business intentions are for 2017. Challenge yourself to develop a memorable TMAY. You never know when opportunity will knock so arm yourself for upcoming networking events and make a great first impression during career interviews.
Develop A New Skill
Stop putting off that online course – now’s a great time to pick up a new skill. There’s no better time to try your hand at something new than during holiday downtime so consider which new skills might help your business objectives grow in 2017.
Catch Up On Business Reads
Picture yourself curling up in your favorite chair with that book you’ve been meaning to read. The book that could have a positive impact on your career. You’ll likely gain a few new ideas and a fresh perspective when you return to work.
Set Professional Goals
Have you taken time to set professional resolutions for the New Year yet? Make a point to spend a little quiet time reflecting on the tasks and goals you want to accomplish in 2017. Take these plans a step further by writing action steps needed to achieve your goals. Start the year off feeling motivated, focused and excited about the future.
Relax and Unwind
Taking time to relax and recharge can be productive to recharge the batteries for work. Don’t feel guilty about giving yourself time to disconnect – you’ve earned it!