Sunday , 29 November 2020

Make 2017 The Best Year Yet!

We all want to start the New Year off right. We make plans, set goals, but somehow, come the end of January those goals seem to be lost or given up on. Sound familiar? I feel that sometimes we set ourselves up for failure, not intentionally of course, but we want everything to happen instantly and when we don’t see results right away, we give up. So this year, I’m going at it a different way… I’m planning to better my professional life. I’m making realistic New Year’s resolutions to help me grow in my career and here are 5 ways to start.

Adapt to new technology.
Find new technology to help you work smarter. Imagine typing an appraisal on a typewriter, gluing photos to paper, and mailing appraisals to your clients. A lot has changed over the years and you have to move with it or you will be left behind. Just because you are comfortable with a product, doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you. Watch demos, listen to what others use, and give it a try.

Do something new this year.
Break away from your every day and be adventurous. Take risks, try out new methods, ideas, or experiences. Attend a new conference, try different foods, move your furniture around. It doesn’t have to be something big, just something different from your norm.

Read more books.
Thanks to Dave H. from Arizona who commented on our summer reading list and provided some suggestions for appraisers. Added bonus, all are available as audiobooks.

Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate, by Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of “Intangibles” in Business, by Douglas Hubbard

The Signal and the Nosie: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, by Charles Wheelan

Staying in touch.
We’ve all been there. You met someone new at a conference. You had every intention of connecting with them once you were back in the office, but then life happened and before you knew it, another year has come and gone. It’s hard, but here is a simple trick, do it at least once per week. Send one email, get lunch with a friend, or meet for drinks after work, just once every week and that’s 52 chances for staying in touch.

Be able to retire.
We all want to get there, just make sure you are ready and able when the time comes. Make sure you have a plan in place that will help you reach the end goal. Don’t wait until the last minute and then try to figure out your retirement plan. If you need some extra help, read our retirement piece from the Fall 2016 Edition of the print magazine.

I hear people say they don’t like change. Abrupt change can be hard to handle. Change that is forced upon you can be frustrating. But when the change is something you’re doing to enhance the quality of your life, change is good. What if change gave you more time with your loved ones or kept you from getting a speeding ticket? What if you found that the change you decide on is actually good for you. Start by changing your thinking to embrace change. It is empowering.

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About Ashley Hammond

Ashley Hammond
Ashley Hammond oversees the development and production of the distance continuing education program. Ashley holds a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI™) designation from the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). She received her BA in Communication Arts in 2008 and Master’s of Education in 2010 from Salisbury University. In obtaining her M.Ed., she focused on educational practices including; research, learning, and technology.

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