Source | Forbes : By Lisa Quast
Are you sitting at your desk feeling the Autumn blahs or wishing your job was as exciting as that vacation you had back in August?
While work might never be as fun-filled as your vacation – like line-dancing on an exotic beach at sunset with a margarita in your hand – you can still kick it up a notch in October.
Let the crisp Autumn weather outside inspire you inside the office. Here’s how.
Redecorate Your Work Space
Even if you’re stuck in a tiny cubicle, it can be an energizing exercise to give your office a makeover. Clean out the clutter, tidy it up and add pictures with inspirational quotes or travel destination pictures.
Make A List Of Career Goals
Brainstorm a list of things you’d love to accomplish in your career. Start with short-term items and work your way to longer-term goals. Then, consider the skills you’ll need to acquire to achieve your goals.
Start Coffee-Chat Networking
The more you know about what’s going on in your organization, the better you’ll be at figuring out ways you can make a positive difference. A few times a week, ask a different coworker to have coffee with you so you can find out as much as possible about the inner workings of the company. Knowledge is power, as the old saying goes.
Volunteer For A Project
That’s right. Raise your hand and volunteer to lead a project at work. This can be a great way to learn new skills as well as help get you noticed by upper management.
Take A Class And Learn Something New
Remember that list of career goals you brainstormed? Check with your local colleges and universities to see if they offer online or evening classes in any of the skills you’d like to learn.
Or, Participate In a Seminar Course
Don’t have the time for a class that might last one or more quarters in length? Conduct online research to find weekend seminars on topics of interest such as: dealing with difficult people, fundamentals of project management, how to excel as a people manager, leadership skills, teambuilding skills – the list of available seminars is almost endless these days.