This Year, Why Wait for New Year’s Resolutions?

This time of year, many of us start coasting a bit.

We enjoy the holidays, go home to see family, and take a little time off from the goals we hope to achieve. We also start looking forward to next year–knowing we can use New Year’s resolutions as motivation to make up for lost time. After all, this is a marathon, not a sprint, right?

Instead, how about we use a sprinter’s finish to end this year? Before we start looking forward to next year and those resolutions many won’t keep anyway, what if we accomplish everything we possibly can?

With moderate effort–maybe an hour a day–take a look at what you can accomplish in the four short weeks or so between now and January 1, 2012:

  1. At just 25 per week, add an additional 100 influential followers to your Twitter account.
  2. Read just two blog post a day by known branding and career experts–and gain knowledge from 50 helpful pieces of advice.
  3. At just 10 new contacts per week, add 40 people to your LinkedIn network.
  4. At 3 latte’s per week, meet for coffee with 12 people who someday may be your link to a new job.
  5. Participate in 2 to 3 career-related Twitter chats each week (there’s at least one available every weekday) and you’ll have participated in 10 career-impacting chats.
  6. At just one per week, go on 4 job interviews–and learn from each one.
  7. At one every other week, secure 2 informational interviews.
  8. Show your expertise and/or passion by attending just 1 major industry-related conference.
  9. Secure 1 spring internship to help build your resume (so it will be your resume in the “must interview” pile when you apply for full-time jobs!).
  10. Develop 1 high-impact mentor relationship that may have a significant impact on your 2012.

Think these year-end accomplishments may help you in a competitive job market? Will this kind of year-end dedication serve your job search goals well? Will this hustle give you an edge somewhere down your chosen career path?

Think of it this way…how many of your competitors will be taking the next four weeks off–while you are sprinting to the finish of 2011?


Mark Babbitt, the CEO and Founder of YouTern, is a serial entrepreneur and mentor and a passionate supporter of Gen Y talent. Mark contributes to, Glassdoor and Business Insider. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and Under30CEO regarding internships, higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce and career development. Recently, Mark was honored to be named to GenJuice’s list of “Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors”. You can contact Mark via email or on Twitter:@YouTernMark.

Related posts:

  1. Make 2012 the Year of Career Preparation
  2. Four Essential Job and Internship Resolutions for 2012
  3. Personal Branding with Purpose: What’s Your Intention?

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