This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.
Today’s tip: Do something proactive every day.
Here’s the operative statement: “When you are up to your ass in alligators, it’s hard to remember your objective was to drain the swamp.”
When you are trying to deliver on your personal brand by showing that you can deliver the tasks for your work, it’s easy to get caught up in the fires of the day.
You can spend your entire time at work fighting fires. There is even some reward for being the “hero” putting out fire after fire after fire. But at the end of the day, fires are merely distractions. Determining what causes the fires and preventing them from happening in the first place is what makes you a cubicle warrior.
If you want to stop fighting fires, here’s the simple solution: do something proactive every day.
Step back for a moment and look at the work you do. Determine what could have been done to prevent the fire you are fighting.
The go do the proactive deed that fixes the problem in the first place. Doing so will help your career — you fix problems before they occur.