Beginner’s professional development routine
This professional development routine is one step above the absolute beginners routine. It is aimed at folks who may not have ever done this before (or are a little rusty), but want to jump in.
Simple or intermediate activities from select categories are spread out over seven days. If any items feel too light or too intense, feel free to increase the intensity or skip the item. Take note of when you do this, so you can begin to tailor a routine to fit your needs.
Stream 1: internal
- Goal setting
Stream 2: external
- Network nurturing
- Content creation
Stream 3: learning
Start on a Sunday.
🏁 Sunday • 45mins: Set a goal for the week, and reflect on the last week
Set a goal for the next week. Follow the SMART framework for goal setting:
- S for Specific
- M for Measurable
- A for Achievable
- R for Relevant
- T for Time-bound (in this case, your due date is a week from now)
🤔 Take stock of the past week. Consider the following questions:
- What happened? What were the highlights?
- What did you do, who did you speak with, what did you learn?
- Were there any challenges?
- Did you get enough self-care in? (ignore this if you’ve just started)
- Did you complete last week’s goal? Why or why not? (ignore this if you’ve just started)
Jot this down somewhere safe—it can be a quick list. If you’re feeling extra motivated, share this reflection with your ProDev network.
💖 Monday or Tuesday • 45mins: plan some self-care and outreach
Reserve some time in your schedule for personal time. At least four hours over the remainder of the week. Be mindful about this time. It is important to recognize it as self-care and not simply relaxing. It also needs to be prioritized—it is not free time!
Also, brainstorm around people that you think would make for good professional connections. Poke around social media, especially LinkedIn or Twitter if you use those platforms. Make a list along with reasons why they could be a potential connection.
Once you have a list, drop some likes or comments on these folks’ social media content if they have any (this can be spread out over the week). We will work up to actual outreach in more advanced routines. For now, you only want to start getting on their radar.
🔗 Wednesday or Thursday • 30mins: network nurture
Share your goal, self-care and outreach plan (as much detail as you’re comfortable with) with your Professional Development network. This simple act signals to others that you’re engaged with your routine, and may be the push they need to keep at it. Similarly, you may need the reminder to do it yourself.
Offer any help or encouragement to others that you see posting similar updates!
🧠 Thursday or Friday • 60mins: learn something new
Google key search terms relevant to your career, industry or prospective industry, and explore what resources or information is out there. If you’re at a loss for what to learn, we offer a general professional development curriculum based around Leadership, Culture and Storytelling.
🛠 Friday or Saturday • 1 hour: create something
This is very open ended.
It does not need to be career related, and it doesn’t need to be a social media post. The idea here is to plan, generate and produce something new and begin to exercise your creative muscles. If you’re at a loss for what to create, consider something related to your SMART goal or perhaps reach out to your Professional Development network for suggestions.
You do not need to share or publish any creations (yet!)