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5 Career Habits That Will Make You Happier

Updated: May 30, 2021

1. Avoid comparing yourself to others.

Although the human brain is designed to adapt and learn, we all do so in completely different ways. We have different beliefs and different behaviors. Everyone experiences the world in their own unique way. Consider it the same as comparing equal to different, especially when it comes to achievements. You can't compete with what you cannot compare.

2. Set attainable goals.

Consider all that it is that you wish to achieve and commit to it. Then plan the steps that you must take to achieve your goal. Listing the goals that are most important to you allows you to begin to figure out ways to achieve them. Use a SMART goal chart to create goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and time-based. Writing down your goals will make them feel more tangible.

3. Invest in personal development.

Seek activities that consist of developing your capabilities and potential. The benefits will build human capital, facilitate employability, and enhance your quality of life, helping you realize dreams and aspirations. Be sure to add these new skills to your resume. Although, there are many way to invest in your personal development, you may find yourself investing more of your time than money. However, the more committed you are the better your outcomes will be.

4. Identify core values.

These are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. It impacts the way a person acts and treats others. These are the principles that dictate your behavior when making decisions between right and wrong. Ask yourself what pushes you to achieve? What brings you joy? What gives your life meaning? Your answers will help you to identify a pattern that can be narrowed down to a single concept. Use what you learn about yourself to guide your actions both in and out of the workplace.

5. Create a good work/life balance.

There is a fine line between personal life and career work. You must equally prioritize the demands of your career and the demands of your personal life. Learn to let go of perfectionism. It is ok to unplug every now and then. Exercise and meditate. Limit engaging in non-productive activity or people.


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