One New Year- Three Work Resolutions
By: Victoria Bykow
It’s that time of year again. You know, the time of gym memberships, healthy eating, more sleep and the cliché “New Year, New Me.” Most new year resolutions come from a position of self-care to prepare for the upcoming year, but how often do we hear about work resolutions?
The start of the new year, and specifically the end of this decade, is a perfect time to reevaluate your work performance and create goals to kick off your professional career the right way in 2020. Here are three resolutions you can incorporate into your lifestyle to make your upcoming work year exponentially better.
Get involved: Be a part of the team. If your work offers side projects, committees or social events, join them! Being involved allows you to speak to your co-workers outside of work-related topics and getting involved can also create professional networking opportunities. Moreover, we’re all human- it is in our nature to be a part of a “tribe”, and when you are working towards a common goal with those around you, work performance is bound to excel.
Learn a new skill: Knowledge is power. With today’s technology, the tools needed to learn a new skill can be found at a click of a button. Most of the time you don’t have to drop a dime to add an additional asset to your skillset. Google “free online courses” and thousands more appear within seconds. These skills can kickstart opportunities you never knew existed. Whether you learn a skill outside of your comfort zone or skill to simply make your daily tasks easier, it’s great for your work efficiency and undeniably beneficial to your new year resolution.
Not looking to take an online course? Challenge yourself to dedicate 30 minutes a day to read an educational article in your current field.
Monitor your progress: Write down a set of goals you want to see yourself accomplish as a professional. Begin small and set meaningful yet challenging goals you can reach within the month or first quarter of the new year. Once you reach these goals, don’t stop! Set yourself to higher standards to follow through the rest of the year. Seeing your goals be accomplished on paper will boost confidence and overall enhance work performance.
This new year, we are meeting the end of a decade. 2020 provides the opportunity for immense change and improvement. Never settle and continue to set goals, as realistic or unrealistic, minute or large as you see fit. Network and challenge yourself to open new doors. As Andrew Carnegie once said, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
Happy New Year from TMG!