The end of the year is just in a few weeks. Then it's the New Year and a time for fresh starts.
If you haven't been asked already, you're likely to start hearing this question a lot in the next few weeks: “What are your New Year’s resolutions?”
While we might have goals in mind – like losing 10kgs, geting a promotion, or landing a new job – resolutions are more about resolving to change. This means making long-term changes to your habits. Some examples include eating healthier, exercising more, and being kinder to others.
If you haven’t thought of resolutions for next year, why not give it a thought starting today? You'll have plenty of time to refine them before the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and to consider strategies that will help you stick to your resolutions.
To get you started, here are 10 New Year's resolutions ideas that can help you be happier and set you up for career success.
1. Be punctual for meetings and appointments. Not only will this do wonders for your reputation, but you’ll eliminate the stress you feel when you’re running late.
2. Start your day 30 minutes earlier. Use this time to meditate, calmly plan your day, or do something that you couldn’t do before because you had “no time.”
3. Eat healthier and sleep better. Don’t let work get in the way of your health. Work may be important but ultimately, you should be your number one priority.
4. Dress smartly and comfortably. The way you dress says a lot about you. Even if your office has a flexible dress code, wearing crumpled shirts will impress no one. Besides, wearing the right clothes can make you feel more confident.
5. Develop a new skill. Learn to code, go for writing classes, or get a certification. Keep your brain sharp and pick up a skill that will move you closer to you career goals.
6. Finish what you start. Whether you enrol in a course, start going to language classes or sign up for a weekend workshops, commit to seeing a task to its end. Actively look for motivation and support if you find yourself losing interest.
7. Stop complaining. If it’s something that can be changed, be the one to make that change, even if it seems challenging. Remember that this doesn’t mean doing it alone. If nothing can be done, accept it and move on.
8. Read more. Read news about your industry or articles that inspire you to become better in your job. Too busy? Get audiobooks or podcasts that you can listen to while you’re stuck in traffic/cooking/cleaning.
9. Connect with three new professionals in the first six months. Don’t just meet, make a genuine connection. This is about building your network, honing your professional-social skills, and creating relationships that can be healthy for your career.
10. Bring others up. Whether it’s acknowledging efforts, thanking a colleague for their help, or complimenting your peer’s work, this is one of the best things you can do to make your office a happier place.
What do you think about these resolutions? Would you be able to stick to them – or do you have more suggestions to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!