Professional Resolutions to Improve Your Career

New Year’s day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to set some goals for 2017! Some people frown upon the idea of making New Year’s resolutions, because lately, New Year’s resolutions have gotten a bad rap. We get all excited about the “new year, new me” hype, only to fall short of meeting our goals only a few weeks into the new year.

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case this year! The truth is, we should always be setting goals and resolutions, and the new year should be no different. However, the new year gives us the feeling that we can start fresh. We can shake off last year’s troubles and embrace all of the possibilities that come with the start of the new year. So, why not take advantage of the new spring in our step and set some serious goals?!
Now is the perfect time to embrace that New Year feeling of enthusiasm and apply it to setting some goals for your career! Why not come up with some resolutions that will help to generate more productivity, creativity and motivation to set your career goals in motion?!

Here’s how to get started: 

  1. Prioritize self-care. It’s damn near impossible to excel in your career if you’re not taking good care of yourself. Make it a point this year to take excellent care of your health, both physically and mentally. Make sure you get enough sleep, get enough exercise, and eat well. At the same time, make sure you are managing your stress, making time for yourself and your family and friends, making time for fun and for your hobbies as well.
  1. Keep up with industry news. Stay on top of what’s happening in your industry. Don’t just do the bare minimum that’s required for your position. Stay on top of what’s up and coming in your field- even if it doesn’t necessarily apply to your position. Being on top of what’s happening in your industry will help you to progress in your field, transition to other positions and cross-train for other careers in your field which you may not have otherwise been qualified.
  1. Routinely self-evaluate. Self-evaluation is critical for self-development. Set aside a period for self-reflection at the end of each month to evaluate your performance. Try to look at yourself from an objective perspective. What has or has not been working for you? Take a look at your actions and the results of those actions, and make adjustments based on what you would like the outcome to be.
  1. Add to your skill-set. No matter how talented we are, we can always afford to add more skills to our repertoire. Make it a goal to add at least one more certifiable skill to your resume this year. Read up on it, study it, master it and put it into practice. If it doesn’t help you right now, it will help you in the future.
  1. Grow your network. We should always be looking to expand upon our network of connections. Network with others at any chance that you get. Don’t blow off company networking gatherings. Expand upon your connections at unexpected opportunities. Put yourself and the face of your company out there and give others the opportunity to introduce themselves, as well.

Here’s to a happy and successful new year!

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