In a previous article, I shared with you the importance of continuous career management and how spending nine minutes a day every day can help you advance your career.
Finding nine minutes and spending them building your brand doesn't seem like a hard task, but in this world of email overload, Twitter attention spans, and instant messaging interruptions, even a nine-minute habit can be hard to create.
Here are nine tips and tricks for making nine minutes a day work for you.
1. Set a specific time of day when you will devote your nine minutes, if you think doing so will make it more likely that you'll develop the habit. Use calendar invites and iPhone reminders to help turn intention into action. My nine-minute habit usually happens at 12:50 or 6:50 pm.
2. Set your iPhone alarm or computer alarm for nine minutes when you begin the task so you can stay focused on it don't have to keep checking the clock. You can also use an app like Bang Boom Buzzer as your timer.
3. Turn off your phone, instant messaging, and email chimes, and close your door (if you have one) to ensure complete focus during these brief but fruitful minutes. If you need to, lock yourself in a conference room or other quiet area.
4. Know that things you do outside of work have value to your career. For example, the charity work you do can be extremely valuable. We know that hiring managers and recruiters look for this in your LinkedIn profile. And the skills you gain while volunteering can make you more attractive and valuable to your current employer. Look at these activities through the lens of career management.
5. Consider using your nine minutes during nontraditional work periods throughout the day, like during your lunch break, while commuting, or while you're drinking that morning tea or coffee. If you link it to another habit, it will be easier to cement this new habit.
William Arruda is a personal branding pioneer, the founder and CEO of Reach Personal Branding, and the author of Ditch. Dare. Do! 3D Personal Branding for Executives.
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