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While there is no shortage of articles and blogs about New Year’s resolutions, what seems to be lacking is resolutions related to careers and work. I find this particularly interesting given that our careers make up a key part of our identity and approximately 1/3 of our lives are spent at the office! So, this year instead of the old standbys such as “diet and exercise more”, “put more money into savings” or “learn a new hobby or skill”, what I propose is that you make a resolution to improve or enhance your work life.
Now I know what you may be thinking – “Why should I bother? Resolutions never work!”, but I argue that even if they fail, creating a resolution is worth it because of the process itself. Let me explain… Making resolutions involves setting time aside to think inward about changes you can implement in your life that contribute to making you feel happier and more fulfilled. It requires deep personal reflection about your current state and setting goals for yourself. Ultimately, going through the exercise allows you to develop your ability to reflect and increase your self-awareness, which helps you unravel the career objectives that will make you more successful… all of which are pretty good reasons to try it out in 2019.
In order to be effective, your resolution should be simple and attainable – a small change or two in your routine that will help make your work life or career more rewarding. Here are six ideas to get you started:
What’s your career resolution for 2019 going to be?