With the New Year approaching many will be thinking of enhancing their career or having a brand new start come January. The problem with New Year's resolutions is that people often forget about them after a few months. Nevertheless, New Year's start is a good time as any to think about your personal and professional progression.
Here's a list of popular resolutions to help you achieve your goals and boost your career life for the next 12 months:
1. Reduce the stress
Stress could be coming from your work environment but it's possible that it's internal too. Hearing about layoffs and budget reductions every now and then could be stressing you. You can't manage external stress in the sense that you can't undo the economic crisis for example but it's important that you manage your personal stress. Take responsibility for your emotional health and wellbeing and try to identify sources of stress and eliminate them. Improving your work-life balance will help as well.
2. Improve your work-life balance
When you're passionate about your work, or simply have to work long hours and possibly on weekends too if you're job is demanding; the line between work and the rest of your life becomes unclear. Establishing a healthy balance can be tricky so make some effort to achieve it by focusing more on your other passions, bringing your family to work sometimes and vice versa, planning for long vacations ahead of time and being generally organized.
3. Be more organized
Two things: keep your calendar handy and your desk clean. And maybe in addition to that, don't overwhelm yourself by trying to get everything in order. Focus on one area at a time.
4. Improve your people skills
In order to succeed you have to get a long with people that you work with. This involves listening to them, offering to help every once in a while and give your boss, colleagues and clients the benefit of the doubt.
5. Volunteer for something
You will not only instantly feel better, but you will also connect in a better way with your fellow employees if it's something that your company has organized or participated in. Giving some of your time and energy away whether to help clean a park or deliver food to poor people will take your mind off of work and energize you.
6. Read more
Read about your field of work and specifically about your job. You'll find it more interesting when you read what other professionals say about it and more likely than not learn some new skills. Start with a simple Google search.
7. Get a degree
Many people regret not getting degree in their later life but it's really never too late for that. This could be one of the most rewarding New Year's resolutions if you really want it. There are endless online options available for you whether you're looking for an undergraduate degree or considering graduate programs that can boost your career. You should go for it in 2014!
8. Save money
Nothing could be more important than financial security. If you already have a saving plan, revisit to see if you need to save more. If you're not saving yet, don't even wait for January, start today!
And if it all seems like a lot of work, stick to my favorite New Year's resolution: Set a goal. Don't go into life-long planning if it's exhausting to you; just pick one single goal and start working toward it.
Happy New Year!
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