We all make New Year’s Resolutions. Some of us think of getting fitter, while some of us dream of going on that dream vacation. But have you given a thought to lining up a couple of New Year’s Resolutions for work? If not, we’re here to help you.
2020 was a challenging year, but 2021 doesn’t have to be. This year, we will provide you with some ideas for strong New Year’s resolutions for work. In addition, we will also offer you tips on how to keep them going despite the daily grind. These seven tips will make your life at work healthier and get you closer to having a fulfilling year.
Resolution 1: Safeguard your work-life balance
When we think of workplace New Year goals, we seldom put ourselves first.
This year, take some time to do the things you love. Think of the hobbies you’d like to take up or the personal goals you’d like to achieve. Remember, taking time out for yourself improves morale and motivation and ultimately improves your performance at work. In an era where we telecommute, it can be easy to let work overtake our life. But if you don’t take care of yourself, there is no business. You cannot pour from an empty cup, so do your best to protect your work/life balance.
We understand how much stress work can create. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but here are ten tips that can help you strike that coveted work-life balance.
Resolution 2: Get better at saving
These are challenging times. With businesses shutting down and people losing jobs, it is imperative to save every bit of money we make. Take some time this year to think about the money you make and how it is spent. Think of alternative options like investing in growing your hard-earned money. If you are a limited company ensure that you are taking advantage of tax benefits in your country. If you think that you may not be able to deal with your business’s financial aspect alone, have a chat with a financial advisor or ask your accountant for professional help.
Resolution 3: Read
The decisions we make as professionals or as a business are closely dependent on the knowledge and experiences we have received in the past. Reading builds on this factor of knowledge and allows us to make better decisions in a shorter time.
We have all heard of the phrase ‘Knowledge Is Power’ and it is true. When it comes to your work, doing a bit of research on your competitors, the industry trends, the threats and opportunities is vital for your business to thrive. You can even go back to what you have studied in school or college. This may give you a fresh perspective and help you answer business questions in a novel way.
Resolution 4: Learn something new daily
Along the lines of Resolution 3, this one is all about learning too. It is very easy to get bogged down by our mundane routines. We all have a list of things we want to learn, a course we want to take up or an experience we want to be a part of. But sometimes, life gets too challenging, and sometimes, we just aren’t motivated enough to give it a start.
This year, make it one of your New Year’s Resolutions to learn something new daily. This can be a new skill, a new approach or even a habit that will help you stay motivated and focussed at work. Learning something new doesn’t always have to be through books. You can even use the internet to your advantage!
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Resolution 5: Connect with people
If you work from home, you know how isolating it can get at times. This year, make it a point to get out of your comfort zone and make new friends and connections that are valuable to you. Networking events and webinars are great ways to get started and provide you with the perfect balance of learning and fun.
You can also look up colleagues and friends with whom you’ve lost touch, on LinkedIn. If you’re feeling generous, you can also think of the people who have impacted you and write them a recommendation on LinkedIn.
Resolution 6: Listen
Have you heard of the adage about two ears and one mouth? It holds true even in your life at work. Being an effective listener is one of the best qualities you can adopt this year. Most of the time, your colleagues or employees might not want advice or problem-solving. They might just want a sounding board. In times like these, lending them an ear will empower them to solve their own problems with confidence.
People feel valued when their opinions are heard. Studies show that actively listening can even increase work-ethic and loyalty among employees. Want to become a better listener? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Resolution 7: Eat healthy at work
We couldn’t leave this one out. While it is important to make resolutions to your professional development, it is also essential to focus on your physical wellness. An average worker spends upwards of 8 hours at work. These extended hours can sometimes affect our eating patterns. What we eat sets the tone for how we function and feel throughout the day. Eating too little or eating food that doesn’t provide us with any nutrition can make us feel lethargic and can cause us to lose focus.
You are what you eat, so this year, be conscious of what you feed yourself, and you’re on your way to a healthier 2021!
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