[AD] For many of us, work isn’t just a place that we go to and earn money every day. We’re invested in the profession that we’ve chosen, to a point that we’re constantly working to achieve more and reach our next goal. While it can take years to reach the point where you feel like you’ve accomplished everything in your career, the journey is the fun part. Whether you’re getting promotions, earning your first office space, or something else entirely, it’s worth taking the time to celebrate the little milestones that showcase how much you’ve been able to achieve over the years. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy yourself a special gift lately, here are some options related specifically to your career.
Your First “Thank You”
This might seem like a small thing to celebrate, but it can actually be a lot more meaningful than it seems. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard for business leaders and clients to slow down for a moment and let their employees know how much they appreciate them. While a passing “thanks” in the hallway might not be worth a celebration, a note from your manager to you definitely is. Treat yourself to a little gift as a bonus for working hard enough to get the recognition that you definitely deserve. Don’t forget to save any memos or emails that you get too – these can be a great source of motivation in the future.
Reaching your Monthly Goals
At the beginning of each month, it’s a good idea to set yourself a mini challenge associated with what you might like to achieve in the next thirty days. This is something that you should be able to get excited about. For instance, you might want to learn a new skill, or just arrange your schedule in a way that allows you to have more work/life balance.Setting yourself little goals to take you throughout the year, rather than just having one big ambition for the end of the financial year will keep you celebrating from one month to the next. You’d be surprised how much these little wins keep you going.
Nailing a Presentation
We all know how stressful it can be to stand up in front of a crowd and speak about something. That process becomes even more complicated when you know your career is on the line. If you’re already pretty confident about public speaking, then you might want to hold off on a celebration until you naila pretty big presentation. If you’re nervous about speaking in front of people, however, take any successful speech and turn it into a reason to party. You deserve recognition for taking that step, and celebrating will give you something to look forward to, so you can avoid the anxious feelings in the future.
There are few things that make you feel more accomplished in your career than being asked for adviceby another employee. This shows you that you’ve learned how to accomplish things in your business in such a way that it’s attracting the attention of others. If someone asks you for help – whether it’s assistance making a presentation look incredible, or help planning their career, then that’s cause for celebration. Give yourself extra bonus points if someone asks you to be their mentor, or requests to shadow you for a while at work – this is evidence that you’re really making ripples in your company, and perhaps even in your industry too. Just make sure that you don’t spend so much time celebrating that you forget to focus on the needs of your colleague.
Your First Promotion
Promotions come in all shapes and sizes in today’s complex career environment. Sometimes, getting more responsibilities at work won’t come with a financial boost. Other times, you might get an opportunity to make more money, without seemingly having to do much extra work. No matter what, any promotion which involves giving you a new title and a pat on the back from your manager, deserves a celebration. Celebrate your first promotion in style by buying yourself a gift to commemorate the occasion or throwing a party. If you achieve other promotions in the future, you can mark the moment with similar gifts, or just treat yourself to a night out on the town with your loved ones. Remember, celebrating little milestones is how you continue to squeeze as much joy out of your career as possible!