10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!!! Like many, when that beautiful crystal ball drops in Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve, you may find yourself pondering over one simple question… What is my resolution this year???…
Of course, there are the New Year’s Resolutions that quickly come to mind. Lose 15 lbs by Summer. Get to the gym 3 days a week. Finally finish that home improvement project you have been working on since 2010. However, have you ever sat down and made a “Work Resolution”?
Many individuals spend just as much time at work as they do at home-so why not make 2013 a year where you sit down and think about working towards a positive career goal in the new year?
In a recent article published by The New York Post (www.nypost.com), they outlined some career resolutions you could make, that might finally get you that promotion in 2013, or assist you in elevating your career during the next 12 months! Here are a few that caught our attention…
1.) Take a class in your field: This is a terrific goal to set for 2013. Not only are you improving on your education, but you are keeping up to date and current in your area of expertise. This may also be a great opportunity to meet other individuals in your career field, which leads to the next possible resolution…..
2.) Network: Touch base with your local Chamber of Commerce (http://www.centerstateceo.com/) , or professional groups you might be affiliated with and set aside one day per quarter where you go out and network with individuals that are in your industry or career field. We promise, this will only be a positive step in your careers future!
3.)Dress the part: You may be working on 5+ years with the same organization, and we all know how easy it is to get into that “routine”, however, make it a goal to dress more professionally while at work-if you feel that you have been becoming a bit more lax in that area. This will not only improve your appearance, but may improve your overall attitude!
Some other ideas, not mentioned by the Post, but that are always great goals to set include:
4.) Arrive 10 minutes early: Who are you kidding- you know you have it planned out to the second as to the exact time you need to leave your house in order to make it to your desk and not be….late…. We have all been in that dreaded situation at least once in our career where the “alarm did not go off” or “your car wouldn’t start”. Make it a goal in 2013 to arrive at work 10 minutes early and avoid that awful panic feeling!
5.) Introduce yourself to your coworkers: If you work for an organization that has more than 75 employees, though you may recognize everyone’s faces, there is a chance you have not spoken to or held a conversation with all of your coworkers. Set a goal to talk to someone different in the break room, or introduce yourself to an individual you may not know while walking from your car to the entrance of your building in the morning.