5 resolutions successful employees have for 2021

It’s that time of year again – time to make your resolutions. While 2020 showed us that we couldn’t predict what will happen, it was also a time to show us what’s important in life and where we should focus.

If you’re into setting resolutions (or intentions), why not focus some of them on your professional life? If you’re a better employee, doesn’t that set you up for success in many other areas of your life?

Here are some great ideas to get you started on a fun and successful 2021.

Learn a new skill

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that even our work life is unpredictable. Suddenly most people found themselves working from home without a clue on how to operate ‘in the cloud’ or how to communicate with others.

This year set a goal to learn something you don’t already know pertaining to your industry or career. Whether it’s to learn a new software program, tackle social media management, or take a course to get that promotion you’ve had your eye on – this is the year to do it.

Work better with others

If you’re the independent type, you probably took on more work than necessary this year.

Let go of the mentality that only you can do the job right. This year set the intention to delegate. Let others help you. There’s no ‘i’ in team – so use your team to their full capabilities.

You’ll find that not only do you get work done faster, but you feel better. Letting others collaborate gives you more time just to breathe and feel less stressed. That benefits everyone in the workplace!

Go paperless

Stop letting papers clutter up your desk and office. If you’re working in an office with others, it reduces the risk of virus transmission, too – so it’s a double win.

It’s easier than ever to go paperless today with the onslaught of programs available.

Figure out where you use the most paper and find programs to replace it. This won’t happen overnight, and it will be an adjustment for everyone, but it’s good for you, the environment, and the office as a whole. 

Focus on your wellness

This might not seem employee-related, but it is more than you think. Getting enough sleep, eating right, and giving yourself ‘me time’ only helps you be more productive and aware at work. If you’re tired of feeling frustrated and stressed at work, it may be time to focus on yourself first.

When you come into the office well-rested and feeling like your needs are met, you’re more likely to be easy to work with and get more done.

Set goals

Don’t be afraid to set professional goals. Whether they’re goals for your company, your team, or yourself – set them.

Set short-term and mid-term goals. What do you want to achieve at work in the next few months, and what’s your large goal for the entire year?

Whether it’s to get a promotion, make changes at work, or change jobs completely – set the resolution now and start putting the steps in place to make it happen.

Be a successful employee in 2021

2021 can be your year if you set the intentions now. Take the lessons you learned from 2020 and turn them into resolutions for the New Year. Figure out where you want to be and how you’ll get there.

If we learned anything, it’s that we need to take care of ourselves. This includes at home and at work, so make sure you include your workplace resolutions in your plans for 2021.