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Five things to do before Labor Day: Part two

Labor Day may just be around the corner, but there's still time to make a dent on your professional list.
Labor Day may just be around the corner, but there's still time to make a dent on your professional list.

In part one, the first two of five things to do before Labor Day recommended updating your resume and looking into higher education. The remaining three things to do before Labor Day include:

  • Clean your workspace – although you may clean your desk often enough throughout the year, many people like to do a deeper purge once a year when it’s spring. Even if you do the spring cleaning, why not add one in the fall so there’s not as much to go through for next spring? In fact, you can do a purge of unnecessary items at any time because it frees up space, allows you to be better organized, can cut down on wasted time looking for buried items, and can feel like a fresh start.
  • Learn a new skill – whether it’s picking up a new foreign language or learning to code, it’s never too late to start adding to your portfolio of skills. There are a few different options to accomplish this whether it be on your own through a computer program, working personally with a co-worker or a friend, taking a class, or tinkering online in your spare time.
  • Become a mentor or a mentee – some companies have formal programs where mentors and mentees are matched through a process. Others are more informal, but the best way to start is to get advice from someone you trust. If you want to become a mentee, you can ask for referrals or suggestions on the best folks to speak with. Not everyone is a match, so it’s always helpful to have an initial meeting to see if the mentoring relationship will work. If you are ready to expand your repertoire and want to become a mentor, it’s highly recommended that you first be a mentee and learn from that experience. That way, you can speak to your mentor about moving into that same role and how to best accomplish the move successfully. There are other ways to obtain similar experience as a mentor such as becoming a leader of a group like 4-H or offering career advice and coaching to others.

You’ll note that the list of five weren’t all long-term, intense things to complete and included small tasks that could be done in a day or even a few hours. Lists can sometimes feel overbearing, especially if they only include heavy-hitting items that take a long block of time to finish so it’s helpful to tackle some of the smaller things so you feel some sense of accomplishment and you don’t have to feel stuck going in order on your list.