It’s that time of year again: the time when you draw up a list of New Year’s resolutions that look awfully similar to last year’s list and may or may not be over by February. This year, why not go beyond the usual goals and set some resolutions for the workplace? It’s time to turn yourself into a star employee! Here are five workplace resolutions for the new year.
1) Acquire a new skill
You may be a dedicated worker, but you’re only as good as your skills. Are they up-to-date? Make a commitment to learn a new skill in your field this year or to significantly expand your current skill set. Broadening your range of knowledge and expertise can help you advance in your career.
2) Improve your sleeping habits
If you’re yawning your way through your workday and checking items off your to-do list in between too many cups of coffee, you may want to rethink your sleeping habits. Getting enough shut-eye each night will help you power through your workday while at your best, instead of slogging through it bleary-eyed and half-asleep.
In addition to boosting your productivity, sleeping better can strengthen your immune system, improve your mood, make your memory stronger and help keep those extra pounds off.
Follow these tips from the CDC for a better night’s sleep:
- Be consistent with your bedtime and wake time.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet when you’re ready for bed.
- Keep your phone and other electronic devices out of reach or remove them from your bedroom.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and large meals before bedtime.
- Be physically active during the day.
3) Rethink your work-life balance
A healthy work-life balance is crucial for success at work and further career growth. It isn’t easy to strike that perfect balance between absolute workaholic and careless employee, but you can do it!
Take stock of your daily and weekly schedule now, at year’s end, to ensure you aren’t neglecting the parts of your life outside work, such as your family, friends, hobbies, and more. If you’re overdoing it with work responsibilities, resolve to take some time each week to unplug from your job and tune into the rest of your life.
4) Improve your social media profiles
If you’re considering a career change within the next year or so, you may want to take a good look at your social media profiles. Most recruiters look up potential new employees online before moving ahead with the hiring, and if your social media profiles are in any way embarrassing and/or unprofessional, they can cost you a job. Spend some time now updating each of your profiles and ensuring that you’d be comfortable with any future boss checking them out.
5) Create opportunities for engagement
Start the year off right by looking for ways to increase your engagement with other workers in your field. You can collaborate on present and future projects, share new insights and developments in your line of work and bounce ideas off each other for honest and productive feedback. Look for like-minded individuals on online forums and workspaces geared toward employees in your field.
We hope this gave you some ideas for ways to improve your performance at work this year. Whether you’re creating workplace resolutions for the new year or trying to decide between a new or used auto loan, find more tips like this on our MoneySmart Tips Blog.