9 professional new year’s resolutions you should keep

New Year’s resolutions can be almost impossible to stick with. We tend to start the year off with a fresh perspective on life while vowing to make the necessary changes we think will better our everyday existence.

The common ones we usually attempt include going to the gym on a much more frequent basis, eating healthier, quitting smoking, limiting our alcohol intake and so on and so forth. Each person has varying degrees of success with them as their journey in life continues regardless of how many times they boast about each New Year’s resolution on their social media accounts.

Certain New Year’s resolutions worth sticking with revolve around your professional world. There are habits we fall into during our 9-5, whether they be at the office or in a work from home environment, that we really want to change in the not-so-distant future. These are ones that will help make your workday that much smoother and can even result in you feeling better long term about the position you are in.

Check out 9 professional New Year’s resolutions worth trying.

1. Be on time

This bleeds into the personal outside of the professional for anyone out there who is habitually late. It’s something that your management can keep note of and could damage your reputation there should you always be 10-15 minutes behind. Figure out a way to make sure that doesn’t happen so that you’re kept off this kind of naughty list.

2. Regular meetings with your boss

Having a healthy relationship with your boss or management is key to your job. Meeting with them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on your wants and needs, is a great way to keep the flow going so that there’s nothing lurking in your way (unless it’s something out of your control).
Organization 101. Take a couple of hours (or however long it might take) and clean out any physical or digital files you don’t need anymore. The unnecessary clutter will only add to your daily stress so make sure to utilize the recycling bin and folder to your heart’s content.

3. Keep your online resume up to date

If you are a job seeker or simply want to be as current as possible online it’s important to keep your digital resume as up-to-date as possible. And make sure that the specifics are correct as well. For instance, if you’re a freelance writer but don’t indicate that in your profile it may throw off a potential employer who already assumes that you have a full-time job.

4. Get some fresh air

This may not sound like a professional New Year’s Resolution but hear me out. We’ve been stuck inside for months now because of the COVID pandemic. A lot of that has been us on a computer for 9 or 10 hours a day where the only sunlight we see is from our window. It’s important, even in the most freezing of weather, to head outside for at least 15-30 minutes a day and get a breather from this Big Brother kind of environment we’ve been in.

5. Connect with others

It’s up to you to make people care about you. So connecting with others, especially at a virtual career fair or hopefully in person when and if COVID becomes a thing of the past, is simply beneficial to hopefully nabbing a new job of your choice, closing in on a deal after said connection or just getting to know interesting people in and out of your industry.

6. Find a work mentor

Having someone you look up to help you out in the position you are in is important. For one, they have your back through and through (compared to the other toxic employees that fill up your office space) and will provide you with fantastic advice to make you look your absolute best.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask

Feel like you’re in the dark about a particular project? Need to ask for PTO for a personal reason and fear it will affect your employment? Keeping these thoughts hidden only negatively affects your mental health. Ask the right people what you need regardless of the outcome.

8. Lights, camera, action

It might be a good time to get a new professional head shot if the one you’ve been using took place when The Hills was still a thing. Drop some dollars and take one that’s fresh and up to date so that a person you might connect with won’t look so confused when they first meet you.

9. Work-life balance

This is such a difficult thing to navigate but it’s necessary so you can have the best of both without feeling too overwhelmed. Every person’s work-life balance is different so it’s up to each of them individually to figure out what works best for them. Take a look at these steps that will help you along the way.