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6 Ways to Grow Your Career this Memorial Day

Between barbecues, time with family or friends and soaking up the warm weather this Memorial Day, your career may be the last thing on your mind. However, there are key ways to use this time to your advantage in work and in life. Here’s how to use Memorial Day weekend to advance your career:

1. Take Advantage of Travel

Consider downloading a business or work-related podcast for that road trip. Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. For instance, if you normally listen to entertainment, download TED Radio Hour, Freakonomics Radio or HBR IdeaCast.

2. Reflect

Reflection is a crucial part of growing, but we often don’t have the time. The three-day weekend for Memorial Day is perfect for thinking and journaling. As we approach the half-way mark to the year, revisit the goals you made at the beginning of 2021. Evaluate where you are and what you need to do to stay on track.

3. Mingle at the Barbecue

There’s no shortage of food, fun and sun during Memorial Day weekend, and barbecues are a staple for this holiday. But while you’re standing around the grill, try not to forget about opportunities to expand your network. After all, you never know what connections may be hidden in the most unlikely places. Consider keeping your LinkedIn app turned on in case you meet someone new and strike up a business conversation. The "find connections near me" feature on the app is a great tool to easily connect with people.

5. Pick Up a Good Book 

Summer is fast approaching, and there’s nothing quite like diving into a new book to enjoy the sunshine. This Memorial Day weekend, consider picking up a book on leadership to improve your management style, like Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last. Or, if you’re looking to refresh your career and ignite your motivation, try Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck. These page-turners can help spark new ideas and provide insights to advance your career.

6. Recharge Your Batteries

Sometimes, the best way to recharge is to unplug. Allow yourself to take time to yourself or relax with your family and unplug from email, if possible. It could be just what you need to come back to work ready to hit the ground running!

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