COVID-19 radically impacted our lives in 2020 and will continue to do so for some time.

How will you remember the time you spent during the pandemic? Was it a blur of days waiting for the “return to normal”? Or was it a time of rejuvenation, reflection, and positive energy to achieve something great? Here are some ways to keep the positive energy flowing in 2021:

👉Be Grateful. If you’ve always wanted to start a gratitude journal, now is a good time to start. It is very comforting to think of things you are grateful for during a time of anxiety. What are you grateful for?

👉Gain a New Skill. This is the perfect time to add skills to your resume through online learning. Get a certification that will help to propel your career. Take the time to invest in your professional development in 2021.

👉Improve your LinkedIn profile. Now is a great time to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Comment on a post and share it with your network. Write an article. Reach out to your contacts and add them to your connections. Add the certifications you have achieved.

👉Reach Out. Take the time to reach out to people you haven’t spoken to in a while. This is not the time to be shy. Good networking takes time and effort, and you can be the person to make the first move. Follow up with contacts who may be able to introduce you to new opportunities.

👉Be Kind. Take a moment to write an unsolicited recommendation for someone who has helped you or inspired you in some way. When you share your positive experiences with others, you help to show kindness and appreciation for what people have done for you and your career. Your LinkedIn recommendation not only reflects well on the person you have recommended it also reflects well on you as the type of person who shows appreciation.

When the COVID-19 crisis ends, you’ll be proud that you made the effort to learn a new skill, build relationships, practice kindness, and express gratitude daily.

 Wishing you a prosperous and healthy new year and time to enjoy family and friends, whether virtually or in-person!

Stay safe, remain positive, and be proactive about your career goals.