Your twenties are a crucial time to develop professional habits as you transit into adulthood.
Creating good habits early on will help you achieve your career goals and set the precedence for future success. The earlier you start, the sooner you’ll master your goals and get your bearings in a career you love,
so whether you’re fresh out of college, still in college, or starting in a new industry, these professional habits are for everyone.
WORK ON YOUR HARDEST TASKS FIRST
Working on your hardest tasks first makes you more productive the rest of the day and will motivate you to achieve more goals.
I try to do my hardest tasks early in the morning because this is the peak time that I have energy to do the work (after 3 p.m. my brain wants to shut off).
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For you that could be later in the afternoon or later at night, it really depends on the individual.
GET RID OF SELF-DOUBT
Nothing kills career growth quite like self-doubt. Lack of confidence is the biggest turn off for coworkers because they pick up on your self-doubt, and thus, won’t be confident in your abilities.
As someone who has struggled with this a lot in the past, I advise you to give yourself a much needed break. You are human and you are going to make mistakes (that’s okay). Everyone starts somewhere and every successful person started at the beginning.
STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Every successful person on the planet took a huge risk at some point in their lives. If you don’t step out of your comfort bubble and try new things, you never grow and evolve into a better you.
If you just take that one leap of faith, you will discover things about yourself that you would’ve never known otherwise.
I encourage you to try something uncomfortable often. It doesn’t have to be huge like zip-lining through a rain forest — you could take small steps each day like presenting ideas in a meeting you’re normally silent or sitting by the girl who is always by herself at lunch.
This can be so hard, yet so freeing. Perfectionism is a myth and is an unfair expectation of yourself because to make mistakes is to be human.
If you never made mistakes then you’d never learn and grow. Give yourself a break an try to embrace the imperfections once in awhile. It’s okay to not be perfect all the time, that’s what makes you human.
I try to always stay between 10 to 15 minutes early for any important business meetings or events because you never know what could cause a delay. This shows others that you are serious and really care about the job.
FIND A MENTOR
I am all about finding shortcuts to success by learning from people with previous experience. Having someone to talk to about your professional goals is so helpful when you’re establishing your career.
They can even help you network with other people and open up more business opportunities
Maintaining lifelong relationships is important for your career success because you never know when you might need some help in your business-ventures (or even a reference).
Maybe someday your colleague might come up to you with new career opportunities — the point is that you never know, so it’s always good to keep rapport.
REGULARLY UPDATE YOUR RESUME
I aim to update my resume every 3 months because I’m always changing little details on it. Updating it regularly will decrease the amount of time you’d have to update it when looking for a new job and will ensure that you are always prepared for new career opportunities.
Also, it’s important to always bring a copy of your resume to job interviews. Usually the hiring manager has a copy, but they might not, so it’s a good professional habit to always bring one just in case.
Being organized is an asset that will only help you later in life. It makes life so much easier because you don’t have to spend your precious time looking for paperwork, office supplies, etc. that could be spent being productive.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I would’ve saved myself so much time and frustration if I would’ve just been organized from the start. Don’t be like the past me, develop these professional habits now.