It’s July 4th week, Independence Day. It’s also a bit past the halfway mark of the year and the beginning of the summer vacations. What do all these have in common?
Have you declared your independence to do your best work? How about your independence to not be beholden to what others think good work is? How about your freedom to become the manager you want to be and not what others think you should be? Are you free to grow and develop in your management role?
Summer is a great time to think about this. With six months behind you and six more to go, you can make a plan to crank it up and make a difference. Think about what you can accomplish in 6 months. What changes would you make in yourself, your work, and your organization? Take some of your vacation time, unplug, listen to some great music to get you in the mood to plan a bust out six months.
4 Steps to declare your independence
- Start by thinking about what projects have you started but haven’t finished yet. What’s holding you back from finishing them?
- Ask yourself, and your boss, what projects, little or big do you want to get done this year. Keep in mind that nothing is too small. In fact, sometimes the smaller ones help you build momentum and can give you the biggest return.
- Find someone to hold you accountable. Someone to check in with that will offer support and accountability that when you say you will do something by a certain date, that you will.
- Finally, celebrate your wins as you go.
At the end of the year, you will have accomplished more than you thought possible. So this holiday, celebrate your independence. Become who you want to become, complete what you want to complete.
While you’re planning your independence, have a safe holiday and enjoy your vacation, if you are taking one. If you are like me and like your vacation in the fall, make the most of the quiet time in your office while everyone else is on vacation. Many times that can be an incredibly productive time.