By Nicole Tinkham
The New Year is the perfect time to make some changes. While you may have a few resolutions in mind for personal life, you may also want to think about your goals for the workplace. Whether it’s getting organized or completing tasks more efficiently, here are 5 workplace resolutions you may want to add to your list.
1. Make the best out of your commute
Long commutes may seem like a total time suck and can even cause you to dread going into work which is a terrible way to start your day. This year, make the most out of that long commute by catching up on the reading you’ve been wanting to do (by listening to e-books), rehearse what you plan on saying in a presentation or big meeting, learn a new language, or relieve stress by singing. If you take the bus or train instead of driving, you have many more options for passing the time such as checking your email.
2. Make to-do lists and stay on top of them
It’s simple enough to make to-do lists on a daily basis but if you aren’t making good lists, there’s no point in even making them. Yes, there are right and wrong ways to create to-do lists and we could go on all day about it but we’ll only talk about the basics in this post. You want to take 15 minutes at the end of each day to make your to-do list for the following day. You must be realistic when creating your to-do lists so you don’t become overwhelmed. You also don’t want to clutter your list with things you remember to do on a daily basis like checking your email. For more tips on creating to-do lists that work, click here.
3. Get organized and stay organized
It’s easy to get your workspace organized in the beginning of the year but the trick is staying organized throughout the whole year. The first thing you need to do is take a look at what needs to be organized and get organizing supplies suited for those items. For example, if you have several loose papers, you may want a binder or desktop sorter. It’s key to have a place for everything which is what keeps you organized even months after the initial organization. Don’t feel overwhelmed, we’re here to help! Here are some resources that can help you get organized:
4. Build your network
You may push aside networking but it can be quite beneficial to your career. Networking can shape your current position or open the door to future possibilities which is exactly what you should be concentrating on for the upcoming year. By networking, you can build your relationships with people and share experiences and knowledge. Mentors can help build your career as well as be there to share ideas. This year, make a serious effort to get out there and start networking even if it’s just on LinkedIn.
5. Enjoy your job
The final (and probably most important) New Year’s resolution you should have this year is to enjoy your job. It’s easy to get lost in the stress but continue to remind yourself of the things you love about your job. Find passion in everything you do and give it your all. You may end up loving every aspect of your job by the end of the year even with long commutes!
All five of the resolutions listed above are designed to help you be happier in your work life. You may have other goals specific to your job and that’s great! Those types of goals will keep you motivated all year. We suggest putting your New Year’s resolutions somewhere you can see them on a daily basis. This will keep you on track with accomplishing your goals for 2014. Good luck and happy New Year from Keeton’s!