January came and went, and we’re ready to take 2019 head on. Because the Parsons team prioritizes both work and play, we decided to each set one personal and one professional goal for the year.
Check out our team’s goals:
Personal: Getting to the mountains more with the kids.
Professional: Helping clients elevate their brands with more personality.
Personal: Start strength training again!
Professional: Expand my media relations knowledge through the use of podcasts and other alternative outlets.
Personal: A challenging multi-day hike. 2018 The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. 2019???
Professional: Excellent results for all of our clients.
Personal: Last month I received two letters on the same day! Not cards. Not notes. Not direct mail from someone trying to sell something. Letters from friends! Who writes real letters any more? Well, in 2019 the answer to that question will be “I do.” My goal is to write one letter per week to a friend. Just because.
Professional: I belong to this professional development book club. Sorta. I’m on the email list. So I get regular emails about what the book the group will be reading/discussing and when the next meeting is. And the books always sound interesting. And I like the people in the group. But I almost never go. Something always comes up. Or I put off reading the book until the night before. In short, I commit to it. So my goal for 2019 is to make every meeting.
Personal: Do something adventurous & outside of my comfort zone once a month (Checked off January, went bungee-jumping!).
Professional: Make five new professional connections and take them out to coffee.
Personal: Spend quality time with a friend at least once a week.
Professional: Be more confident in networking and more willing to ask for guidance and advice.
Personal: Last weekend, I ran my first long distance race since high school with the Parsons team in the Tunnel to Viaduct 8k. I am starting the year off strong with one goal down! And, I want to read more books. My goal is to finish one per month.
Professional: I plan to put into practice as much as possible from Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. What an excellent book! (I recommend it to anyone. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out.)
Personal: Live in the moment. In can be so easy to get caught up in thoughts of what’s next and am I on the right path, but this year I’m going to try to be present in every second and soak it up.
Professional: Learn something new in my field every month. In PR and marketing, you can’t fall behind on trends and technology. This year I’m going to teach myself about/how to do something in the field each month.