As 2014 approaches, here’s a selection of tips on how to make the upcoming year more productive, fun and rewarding, courtesy of Polaron’s project managers, translators, interpreters and other staff.
Success means something different to everyone of course, but here are 12 things to inspire you over the next 12 months.
Happy 2014, everyone!
1. Just do it.
People don’t care what almost happened, what the problem was or why something wasn’t done. In 2014 do, make and deliver.
2. Educate yourself.
We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world where knowledge is king and education is an active, ongoing process. Ensure your professional development is self-directed and useful, whereby you can apply it to everything you do. Most education nowadays happens outside of a formal classroom so look out for opportunities.
3. Make your own rules.
There are a so many ways to get to your destination! Yes, it helps to know the rules that others have played by but don’t let them define your own actions. And for goodness’ sake, don’t copy others.
4. Want to change something that’s been bothering you? See #1.
5. Look inside.
The best way to make something new and fresh is to look inside you. Reflect and search for wisdom within yourself.
6. Remember the basics.
Know your stuff and be proud of what you do. For all the technology that surrounds us, we all want simplicity.
Life, work, art can be a challenge. Taking a deep breath in or a short break puts everything into perspective. As long as no one’s died, most things can be fixed.
Your work should be fun, stimulating and rewarding. Take delight in what you and others do.
9. Surround yourself with good people.
Make a real effort to get to know, connect and collaborate with the best people you can find. Cultivate those relationships and learn to say please and thank you often.
10. Find some quiet.
Carve out time for yourself somewhere peaceful, with no interruptions, where silence is truly golden.
11. Help others.
Don’t make it all about ‘me’. Most people who achieve success help others. It cultivates understanding, humility and compassion.
12. Look out for your friends and family.