At work, making resolutions for the New Year can be invigorating and restore the passion that we long to have in our work. Setting a goal for something new (or to discontinue something old) is a great way to get on the right track for success. Here are a few examples of workplace New Year resolutions that can help you get started.
Learn something new
Don’t allow yourself to only do (and learn) what is expected in your current role. Seek out additional knowledge or training that will help you both in your current position as well as help build your career. Join a professional group. Subscribe to an industry magazine. Take a class at a local college. Take on new opportunities that challenge your skill set and make it a point to learn new things to build upon your professional repertoire.
Build your network
A strong professional network helps you gain new insights and perspectives. Use social media to build new relationships across the globe. Go to a professional conference in your area of expertise. Attend industry meet-n-greets. Invite a colleague out to lunch. Keep those relationships fresh to create a strong, reliable network.
Volunteering for a committee or group within or outside your company is a fun way to get to know co-workers and other colleagues as well as change up the pace of your day-to-day activities. Get involved through helping to plan events, chairing a committee, or taking part in a focus group.
Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back every once in awhile. Whether you accomplished one of your New Year resolutions, completed a big project, or brought on a new client, make sure to take time to celebrate your success and that of those around you.
Once you have your 2015 New Year resolutions set, remember to find a way to measure your progress. Better yet – follow the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting strategy I presented earlier this fall. Here’s to a happier and healthier you in the upcoming year!