Another year has come and gone – with it, a new decade has begun! Whether or not you feel a sense of accomplishment as you look back on the past ten years, bear in mind that the next ten years are well within your control.
It can be intimidating to consider your resolutions for this year, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it! The dawning of a new year is a paramount time for reflection and repurposing all of your old, hidden dreams! There’s no time like the present; even if you missed a few weeks in January, you can still create resolutions for the whole year.
Don’t know where to start? New Year’s resolutions can be as simple or as personal as you like – the key is that only you will know what you need to focus on. The bigger your goal, the more likely you’ll need to build in checkpoints and smaller tasks within the “big picture”. Take a peek at some of these common resolutions that can be used for your career.
1 – Update the Resume
2019 was likely a busy year for you; take some time to catalog all of your achievements and add any new roles you’ve been assigned to. Updating your resume at least once a year will help make applying for promotions or a new job much less difficult – and it can be nice to reflect on the previous year from a professional standpoint.
2 – Review Your Social Media Profiles
Sites like LinkedIn and any Facebook or Twitter business profiles should be kept as up to date as possible; if you find yourself struggling to keep up with these, set a resolution to check-in with them at least twice per month. Employers routinely check potential applicants’ personal and work profiles for misconduct and brand misrepresentation, so it’s best to not post anything about work that is not positive. Follow general common sense, and don’t engage when one of your friends is poking at the company you work for.
3 – Reorganize and Resolve to Stay That Way
It can be a hassle to keep the workspace clean and tidy (physically and digitally), especially in the middle of a busy week. Staying organized can help keep your head clear and ward off anxiety, so it’s the perfect way to start off the New Year! Arrive at work 15-20 minutes early to go through all of your supplies and items; toss anything irrelevant and restock any items you use often, like pens and notepads.
To make this most effective, try spending an extra 2-5 minutes every night before you leave tidying up your desk for the next day. Much like waking up to a clean kitchen and coffee pot, arriving to work to see a clean desk will help start each day on the right foot.
4 – Improve Your Health at Work
While most New Year’s resolutions are related to health and fitness, they don’t have to be! This is a simple and effective way to put your health a little more central to your daily life – without working too hard. Try doing things like these to be a little more active at work every day:
- Pack lunches for yourself (if you don’t normally do so) and try to keep them healthy!
- Take the stairs rather than the elevator. If you work in a tall building, challenge yourself to take one more flight each week – see how far you can go!
- Inquire about a standing desk at the office. Some ergonomics overseers will have some going spare that you can use unless a doctor-ordered request comes in.
- Swap your office chair for an exercise ball. These seats can force you to have good posture and engage your back muscles all at the same time!
- Work stretch breaks into your daily routine. Set alarms if you have to!
5 – Make a List and Work Through it
Literature can be one of the greatest ways to initiate a kick in the pants; motivational books have been a sensation for many years, and it’s not for no reason. If you’re looking to change your outlook on work, learn some new skills, or simply regain your passion for what you do, pick out a few books that you’d like to read by the end of this year. Blogs and podcasts can be a quick way to get motivational inspiration, as well – subscribe to a new blog and read any posts that interest you.
Anything you come up with will be a great starting point. As you continue through the year and accomplish your goals, think of new ones! If you’re always reaching towards goals, you’re always making progress in your daily life; the important thing is that you stick to your guns and keep taking steps forward.
So, how about it? Are you ready to kick off the New Year with a bang?