Goodbye April, hello May! It’s time to set shiny new goals, and why it’s important

Goodbye April, hello May! It’s time to set shiny new goals, and why it’s important

Goodbye April, Hello May

“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” Margaret Thatcher

It’s a fresh month and I have a new outlook on my work life as I approach my final CIPD Level 7 module. I have to say that it has been a long, yet worthwhile journey and I cannot wait to see that certificate of completion.

I am a big advocate of setting new goals each month, it helps me to focus on things that are important; this is so I do not lose sight of where I am going as it can have a negative effect and in turn that can have lasting impacts, it helps me to avoid those “I wish I’d done that sooner!” or “I’ve done all of this work but nothing to show for it” moments. It helps me align my time in the right areas so I feel I am continually aiming for the next step.

Anyone can set themselves goals; you don’t need to be told what your goals are, you just need to have the ambition and drive to aim for them. Goals are applicable to all levels from students, those starting out in their careers, new mothers, directors; anyone can set themselves goals, it’s prevents stagnation in life and keeps things exciting!

So here are my goals for May, nothing fancy, but incredibly important:

  1. Start each day with a fresh mind set: There’s nothing worse than having a bad day at the office and carrying that emotional baggage with you for the remainder of the week, just let it go!
  2. Make 3 Northamptonshire CIPD Mentoring matches this month
  3. Invest more in my health: not just physically but mentally; stop mentally pacing and combat the thought process with a walk in fresh air, it’ll make me more productive
  4. Work smarter, not harder: this is a really simple task such as preparing my blog posts in advance and enabling a more proactive approach
  5. Don’t waste time! If recent events have taught me anything it is, live for the moment, do more things that are spontaneous!
  6. Steps Ahead awareness: I have two visits planned this month in Northamptonshire, let’s hope it helps generate further awareness of the programme

I look forward to sharing my results with you at the end of the month.

#HRActofKindness Challenge Three:That Friday Feeling!

It’s Friday and what better way to celebrate than to take a break and not “talk shop” for once with your colleagues?

HR professionals are notoriously known for not taking breaks yet we spend our lives telling others to make sure they do! Practice what you preach and take a few minutes, grab a sandwich in the canteen/breakout area or head to the local café/pub/restaurant and spend some quality time with your colleagues and why not invite other colleagues along too?

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for taking part in the challenge so far, see you on Monday for challenge four!




#HRActofKindness Challenge Two: Reconnect

Welcome to day two and our second challenge. I hope you enjoyed yesterday and I’m looking forward to hearing what you got up to!

Reconnect with a former colleague or connection on Linked In or grab a coffee with a colleague that you’ve not had time for recently.


#HRActofKindness Challenge One: Recognition

Good morning and welcome to challenge one. We are not starting small; today’s challenge is exactly that, a challenge!

Don’t forget to let me know how you are getting on and spread the word, let’s show the world what HR can do! Have a fantastic day.

Recognise when a colleague is having a bad day or if they are struggling;

find out what you can do to help and support them



Stepping Up


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Steps Ahead so I wanted to give a bit of an update on my progress as SA Ambassador.

I’m taking my role really seriously and want all young people to have the opportunity to experience this programme.

Recently the CIPD released a Steps Ahead Video describing how the programme works as well as the relationship between mentor and mentee. The video is live on You Tube so do check it out in the link above.

Last week whilst I was on annual leave (work never stops for me and I wouldn’t have it any other way!) I visited the Job Centre Plus at Daventry, Northamptonshire to promote Steps Ahead. The team there were very welcoming and were pleased that we could bring the programme to their local community. The team also asked if I was able to host a workshop with the young people to encourage more onto the scheme as at the moment we have more mentors than mentees!

As a result of my involvement with Steps Ahead, I will be a guest speaker at the SA Mentoring summit in London on 7th June which is really exciting and I’m looking forward to speaking with other mentors to find out what experiences they have had with the programme.

There are a lot more things going on with the CIPD over the coming months so I am really looking forward to sharing it with you as soon as I am able to.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week and as always feel free to share (sharing is caring!) and if you would like me to blog about any particular topics or ask me a question please add a comment and I will happily respond.