Five career New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to
New Year, new career…
2021 is finally over, and what a year it was. We survived a lockdown and we got to return to the office and chat to colleagues in person again. With 2022 knocking at the door, that means it’s time to set your New Year’s resolutions. Big or small, it’s a great way to find some focus at the start of the year (especially if you plan them out properly).
To help your career move in the right direction in 2022, here are five career New Year’s resolutions you can stick to:
Spring Winter clean your workspace
Whether it’s your workspace at home or at the office, it’s important that you have an area where you can work productively. So that means removing distractions like mess or clutter.
So before you start on any other New Year’s resolutions, make it your goal to do a 2022 clear-out.
Whether it’s by deleting or reorganising files on your computer, tidying your desk, or finally getting rid of that stack of paper that’s been building up over months – giving yourself a cleaner workspace will do wonders for your mindset.
Not only will a much-needed tidy up clear your head of the things that no longer matter, it’ll also give you the headspace you need for new tasks (along with the effective prioritisation of old ones).
An improved ability to concentrate along with a shiny desk? It’s basically a no-brainer.
Be more active
Whilst ‘getting fit’ might be one of the worst kept resolutions of all time, there is a way to make it into something you can actually achieve.
How? Instead of committing to a year-long contract at Gyms R Us (which let’s face it, you probably won’t stick to), simply make your goal to incorporate some exercise into your wday. No tracksuit necessary.
Whether it’s by cycling to work or a quick walk before you start working from home, taking the stairs, working out a-la-desk, or even just taking a stroll at lunch time, you’ll not only be improving your overall fitness, posture, and health – you’ll also be maintaining better workplace wellbeing.
And, you might be surprised at how much more productive you become after a few afternoon squats/crunches/star jumps. That’s one way to beat the post-lunch slump.
Improve your work-life balance
Working from home has blended the lines of work-time and time spent at home relaxing. If you find it difficult to switch off, then it might be time for a change.
In fact, if you spent most of last year checking your work emails after hours, doing way too much overtime, or insisting ‘you don’t need a break’ – creating a better balance between your career and your personal life could be more than a choice. It might actually be a necessity.
Because even though it might feel like overworking is a good way to progress in your career, it could actually be reducing your productivity. After all, nobody does their best work when they’re all burned out.
So make 2022 the year you learn to say no, and possibly take up mindfulness! If you ever thought that mindfulness is a bit out there for you, give it another try. You may find that it helps you to relax and unwind, and to focus more on what’s happening now in your personal life than worrying about work.
Chances are that by making simple alterations to your workload, you’ll notice a big difference in your mindset, efficiency, and overall happiness at work.
Work your way up
When was the last time you really thought about your career?
Just make sure your objective isn’t too vague. Whilst your ultimate goal might be to get a promotion, what you really need to be thinking about is how you can achieve it.
From taking on more responsibility or moving up to a management position, to learning a new skill – it’ll all help to boost your chances of getting a promotion. And, your chances of finding a new role could improve by working on your job search technique, updating your CV, or putting more time into your interview preparation.
So wherever it is you want to go in your career, using the New Year to put some clear actions in place is a great way to help you get there.
Start loving Mondays again
It’s summer. It’s Christmas. It’s your cousin’s sister’s birthday…ran out of excuses yet?
When it comes to finding a new job, it can be all too easy to put it off – no matter what your reasons. But what better time to turn it around than the New Year?
With a clearer focus on what you want and an improved job searching technique, 2022 could be the year that you find a job you actually like; not just one that pays the bills. Trust us, it’s possible.
So make it your goal to start applying for suitable positions, tailor your CV and cover letter for each one, and prepare for every single interview. You might find that giving your job search a much-needed boost is exactly what you need to find your dream role.
New Year, new you job.
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