Much of personal branding centers around upholding a consistent image. While consistency is essential to strong brands, we must remember that variety is also essential to maintaining a balanced existence.
Below are 36 ideas to enhance and add variety to your daily activities. These are simply reminders that we must remain open to new concepts, people, situations, perspectives, activities, scenarios and interests. Some are academic, some are personal, some are small, and some are more drastic, but they all are meant to point you in new directions and challenge you to grow your personal brand.
1. Study abroad.
2. Tutor an exchange student.
3. Take one “for-fun” class each semester that is outside your major.
4. Participate in research opportunities.
6. Find a mentor.
7. Ask for greater responsibility at work.
8. Ask for a raise.
9. Take leadership roles.
10. Try an entrepreneurial venture.
11. Schedule an informational interview.
12. Ask for help.
13. Strike up conversations with strangers. (About something other than the weather).
14. Call an old friend. Don’t text, facebook message, tweet or email. Pick up the phone and have a conversation.
15. Remember the value of snail mail.
6. Tell someone what you like about them.
17. Video blog.
18. Shop at thrift stores.
19. Write to the opinion section of your local paper.
21. Learn outside of school. I know how busy student life is. But I truly believe that having scheduled personal is a beneficial investment.
22. Rearrange your furniture.
23. Commit to something that will challenge you, such as a half-marathon or learning a new language.
24. Understand alternate political viewpoints.
25. Join things alone.
26. Join niche activities—scrapbooking, book clubs, karate, or rock climbing.
27. Listen to podcasts.
28. Watch documentaries.
29. Ask that cute guy/girl on a date.
30. Spend a day uncovering your city’s hidden treasures—museums, shops, parks, whatever it may be.
31. Read from a variety of sources.
33. Try a new workout–Zumba, pilates, yoga, rowing.
34. Sign up for dance classes.
35. Learn to cook ethnic foods.
36. Shop local. (think farmer’s market)
This list is just a start. What other ideas do you have?
Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently joined SPARK Advertising in Neenah, Wis. as a full-time public relations specialist. Find Cassie on Twitter, BrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.