Yes It is March Already. How Well Are You Doing 60 Days In?
Yes, it is March already! I know, I know just a second ago it was January 1st; and, now look at you. You have blinked and -BOOM — it is already March! How have you fared this far into 2019? Good, bad, in between, really can’t say? Well, that’s why I have written this email everyone because I am here to help you gauge your progress. Here are 10 things you should evaluate.
Have You performed all of your responsibilities?
This is number 1 for a reason. Not only perform all of your responsibilities, do your best job. No slacking just because the tasks are not new anymore. Also if you are stuck, ask for help.
Have you learned the new culture?
Culture is very important to any organization. Absorb it like a sponge. Watch for the nonverbal which are more powerful than the verbal communication.
Have you gathered feedback?
Meet with your boss to make sure that you have clear and concise instructions. This year is different from last year and you need to know what is expected of your right now in the beginning. If anything goes wrong, bring it up now. Don’t let it fester. The question you should ask is ‘ what is your definition of success?’ These meetings also signal to your boss, that you are proactive and in control of your career. Remember, it is your responsibility to advance your career.
Did you have any easy wins?
Document all of these early wins. These go beyond bolstering your self-esteem. You can bring them with you during your meetings with the boss. Furthermore, they will serve as inputs for your first quarterly review. Documenting your wins shows your boss precisely what you are contributing.
Have you reviewed your processes and procedures?
If you have a solution to the problem, write it down before pitching it. Oftentimes, people mention their new ideas during meetings but don’t do the legwork to execute them. Formally writing down your solution, makes you more credible because he has something to work with.
Are you building relationships with your colleagues?
Don’t stop networking just because people are returning from the holidays and just getting back into the flow of work. A new cycle means new opportunities.
Have you outside of your bubble?
Get out of the bubble and see how other departments operate. This would also be a great time to network and meet the new hires. You can also see if these other departments have needs and gaps to fulfill. Maybe another department is doing something better that you can incorporate into your routine. You will never know if you stay in the same fishbowl.
Have you assessed your colleagues’ feedback?
Feedback is critical towards your immediate and future success. Taking the emotion out of the situation is my first recommendation. We are new and want to be accepted so job when someone says something critical, we become defensive. The reality is that your boss and coworkers are trying to help you do your job better.
Are evolving in 2019 or stagnant?
I add the word evolve in there because you are wiser now than in the very beginning. Write down how you have evolved over these two months and what you expect to accomplish by the 90-day mark.
Are continuing to learn new things?
Even though you think have mastered everything, still keep learning. Training also presents you with a chance to expand your internal network by meeting new employees.
Reviewing these 10 things will help you better determine where you are during these first 60 days.
P.S. — As I mentioned before, my spring cleaning ebook series will be coming out this March so be on the lookout to learn easy ways to spring clean your life, business and work.
Happy March everyone,