We always find ourselves a little self-reflective when the holidays roll around. You may recollect a year’s worth of memories with family and friends, how you did with your eating or exercise habits, read your goal-set amount of books or even if you got a chance to go on vacation.
But what about when it comes to your job? Do you ever look in the mirror and say, “I’m going to do better at work!” Probably not.
In this life, we’re given opportunities to excel while living with purpose and meaning. Make sure your work reflects that. In fact, I actually challenge you to lead a better work-life (while keeping your personal life in balance.)
Some resolutions to consider:
- Find a to-do list that works.The online opportunities to make lists are endless. Some use Sticky Notes, others use Google Keep. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment checking a task off your list. But be realistic in what you can accomplish in a week.
- Organize your email. Seriously! According to a Radicati Group report, the average office worker sends or receives 121 emails a day. Instead of the individual click to label/color-code or to just not do anything about it, set a rule to auto-filter your emails.
- Make time to learn. We crave continuous learning opportunities, yet never make time for them. Talk with your supervisor about your professional development track and commit to it! Training comes in all forms, like Lynda.com or by industry blogs like top marketing blog HubSpot.
- Invest in yourself. Career advancement starts with an investment in yourself. Want to go for that industry accreditation you’ve always dreamed of? It starts with research, a little change and carving out the time for it. Accreditations like the public relations professional’s APR, human resources certification SHRM, etc. are recognitions that get you… recognized.
When the ball begins to drop in celebration of 2019, I hope you find these little resolutions meaningful and motivational. We spend a third of our lives working, and it’s an important part of who we are. Make sure you spend a moment to work on your ‘work self-care’.