10 Career and Personal Life New Year’s Resolutions | Connect

It’s finally a new year, and with all the negativity associated with 2020 it would be a prime time to finally follow up on some New Year’s resolutions for a fresh start! Every single year we promise to go through with the resolutions and goals we come up for ourselves as soon as the new year starts. Though, a lot of us seem to never follow up with it or give up throughout the year.

Here are some suggestions for career and personal resolutions that could help to improve your year.

1. Continue Your Education

It’s always good to keep learning and informing yourself about your career and your interests because it shows employers and superiors that you’re determined and you want to keep improving your skills. This could be as simple as reading up on books pertaining to your field of work, or it could be as ambitious as obtaining a professional certificate or degree. 

2. Improve your networking skills

Networking is an important aspect for many professions and very critical for freelancers or small businesses. Not everyone is good at it or some may even see it as a sort of ‘necessary evil’, but networking could open up a lot of opportunities for you while also improving your social skills. There are many ways to network; you can start out by talking to people in other departments of your company and then eventually attending workshops, conferences, and webinars. You can even reach out to people through social media such as LinkedIn. If you’re nervous about networking, you should make a plan of what kinds of people you want to meet and what kinds of events you’d like to attend.

3. Get a promotion

Now this may be easier-said-than-done but think of it as a long-term goal that could reach into the next year(s). Everyone is always wanting a promotion so they work hard to achieve that goal, but you need more than just hard work to climb up the ladder. You need to stand out amongst your colleagues so that you can increase your chances to get a promotion. Keep a record of your achievements at work, have a mentor guide you, show that you’re willing to collaborate and also willing to lead; these are all examples of how you can stand out.

4. Develop leadership skills

Having the capabilities of a good leader is very advantageous as it can help with getting a promotion, and it ensures a collaborative and efficient team to get things done. You should first try to figure out and understand what kind of leadership style suits you that way you can determine what your strengths and weaknesses as a leader would be. It would also help to read up on good leadership or attend a leadership class/workshop.

5. Decide the time for professional change

Maybe you’ve decided for a more impactful resolution towards your career and that you need or want a change that could turn your life around. These changes could include moving onto another company, switching careers, or even starting your own business. It’s not easy to decide on big changes like these, but give yourself time to think about your wishes and your happiness with the kind of professional life you have now. 

6. Be more kind, even to yourself

There’s enough hatred and misery in the world, so starting out the year with this kind of resolution would really help to make the world just a little bit better. Give a compliment a day to someone or do a random act of kindness, it could be anyone. Also, remember to treat yourself with kindness. Self-deprecating humour is pretty popular nowadays but it really should not be as common as it should be for one person. For this, I would suggest self compassion exercises.

7. Reduce your waste

It’s really no secret that we, as a human race, produce tonnes and tonnes of waste and much of it is not taken care of in an environmentally-friendly way. Take baby steps and reduce the amount of waste that you produce. You can buy less plastic, use rags instead of paper towels, use reusable grocery bags, etc. There are many other ways to reduce your waste and it is worthwhile to do some research to help the planet in your own way.

8. Take care of your body

This may seem like common sense but a lot of the practicality behind the common sense is lost when it comes to taking care of your own body. It’s so important to take care of your physicality nowadays with COVID-19 still rampant, and even after we get through it, it still needs to be a constant reminder. Make sure that you are getting enough water and enough sleep each day. Also, ensure that you are keeping up a good hygiene and sanitizing your hands. Physical activity should be another factor to look out for as it could be as simple as taking a 15-minute walk.

9. Declutter everything

Cleaning up the clutter can really help you focus more on your work while also reducing distractions, and ultimately keeping your space clean and organized. For this year, declutter everything that you can afford to. This includes your general workspace at home, your kitchen cabinets, old files/photos/videos on your laptop or your phone, your car, and other spaces that could use some decluttering. Also, it could be helpful to declutter your closet by donating old clothes. 

10. Unplug Everything You See

Quarantine has pretty much shifted everything online with online schooling and working remotely from home, and with that shift came much more screen time. Even before the pandemic, there has been a suggestion to make time for ourselves without a screen. We should rest our eyes from all the blue light that our eyes constantly look towards, and it doesn’t always have to be for a long time. Start out with an hour or so and work your way up to try and disconnect for a few days or a whole week.

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