For Career Management, Disengage From Your Job

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Aug 15

One of the best ways to manage your career is disengage from your job. It sounds like disastrous advice (managers are having heart attacks as they are reading this), but it isn’t.

The most successful behavior you can do to manage your task management system in the Getting Things Done methodology is this: do a weekly review. Shut out everything and get clear about your work, get organized so that your tasks and projects are lined up in your system, and get creative about what you want to do next.

Doing a weekly review is a remarkable way to manage your task management system. But, it should also be used to manage your career. Take 15-minutes at the end of this week and simply ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What went well this week with my work?
  2. What could I improve on next week in my work?
  3. Is the position I’m in still the one that matches my skills and needs of my career?

Writing down the answers to the first two questions will both provide a sense of accomplishment about what you completed during the week and what needs to be better next week. How else can you build your job skills through continuous improvement if you never review what you do?

Answering the third question honestly will either give you a sense of peace about where you are right now or give you the early warning sign that something is wrong with what you are doing. Whether that warning sign is your manager relationship, the direction of the department, or you not being challenged in the right ways for you to be successful, your answer will make sure you don’t stay in a position for the wrong reasons.

Going with the flow will take you wherever the flow takes you. Going with your career management goals means you need to weekly disengage from your work so you can evaluate your work and career.

How do you evaluate your work and career? Do you just wait for a performance review or do you proactively do something else?

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.