I know it sounds like bragging but I promise you, this blog post contains the single best career advice for 2019!
If you are already practicing the Getting Things Done methodology, go to the next paragraph.
If you are not practicing GTD, this is the best career advice for 2019: Start practicing GTD.
Check out the below page for information on how to get started.
The best career advice for 2019
Given that you already practice GTD, this is my best career advice for 2019: Set up your personal GTD Horizons of Focus and keep these updated. Make sure that you review your Horizons of Focus at least four times per year.
The GTD Horizons of Focus is a fantastic tool for navigating in a hectic environment.
Most things in life take time to complete. Every achievement is the sum of many actions and decisions.
If you are mostly focused on your actions and day-to-day decisions, there is a real danger of losing track of where you are heading.
You are responsible for your own career
It does not matter if you are a college student or in the middle of your career. It does not matter if you want to become a baker or a banker. If you want to move from where you are, you have to take responsibility for your own career.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
If that wasn’t enough, according to this Harward Business Review article, the traditional career path is dead. What does this mean for you? It means that you have to take responsibility for your own personal growth, learning, networking and, ultimately, your own career moves.
But what if you do not want to move? Even if you are totally happy with where you are, you still have to take responsibility to keep up-to-date on what is going on in your area of work. If you don’t, there is a real danger that you will find yourself overrun by someone more eager and informed that yourself.
How to plan your own career using the GTD Horizons of Focus
Before you start making plans, you have to be in line with your own values. You should start by asking yourself a very basic but equally perplexing question: What do I want people to say about me
The ansver might be something like “helpful, professional, loving, and someone who made a difference.”
The next question should then be: What does my life look like when I’m living those values that led to the first answer? In other words, What do I need to do in order to stay on top of my game at work, so that I can contribute to really make a difference? And, what do I need to focus on so that my wife and children feel loved? As well as How do I make space in my life to contribute to my community?
Yes, I know this is big, but so is your life. All you got is one chance to live it.
Getting started with GTD Horizons of Focus might seem like an overwhelming task. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all at once. Chances are that you will also have to take some time and adjust as you go along. The most important thing is to start the thought process.
For the basics of the GTD Horizons of Focus, read below.
Read on. Here are some practical examples to get you started.
Here is how I manage my Horizons of Focus in Todoist.
Happy new year
I hope that this has been an inspiring read. 2019 is infront of you. Make it yours.
Best wishes for the coming year!