It’s that time of year again – thinking about new goals, resolutions and intentions for the new year. With the new year upon us, now is the time to set your professional goals for the year and begin those healthy habits you’ve been putting off for the last few months. This can be especially helpful if you have been falling out of your routine while you work from home or need to jumpstart your productivity.
We know it can be hard to make big changes. However, here’s something to keep in mind: healthy habits begin with small changes. Small adjustments can turn into permanent habits, with very little effort. So, use this as your reminder to set your goals and stick to the plan this year.
7 Professional Resolution Ideas for 2023
Here are some ideas for inspiration as you set your professional resolutions for the new year.
1. Focus on positivity
Starting your week off with positivity will go a long way in setting your mood for the week. Being an optimistic coworker will be appreciated by your team and will also help you be ready for the day. When you are happy, you spread the effects of positivity to the people around you – even during virtual calls. When the people around you are happy and in a good mood, everything else runs a little smoother.
2. Improve organization
Those 2022 post-its reminders? Time for the recycling bin. A new year means a new way of staying organized and clutter-free. Clean your desk from all the excess and invest in tools that will help keep your work environment in order. Try to move all your work to digital files and folders to save paper and to have less build-up over the year. Having a clean workspace will instantly make you feel calm and more productive.
3. Be more engaged
Use this new year to be more engaged with your team. Speak up more during meetings, share your ideas with your team, and participate in events when possible. Being engaged will also help keep your morale high and show your manager that you are ready to go above and beyond. This is especially important if you work from home because increased engagement will help you stay connected with the team.
4. Manage stress
We’ve all read articles about professionals feeling burned out during the past year. Stress is not good for your mental and physical health, and this is your reminder that you need to prioritize your health and wellness this year. Take breaks when necessary – especially a proper lunch break. Unplug at the end of the day and spend time with your family and loved ones. Focus on having a work-life balance this year. This will not only help you in your personal life but will also help you recharge and stay fresh at work.
5. Learn something new
It’s never too late to learn something new! Take a certification course to sharpen your current skills or invest in ongoing education to learn a new skill you can bring to the team. 2023 is your opportunity to expand your skill set and challenge yourself to go outside your comfort zone. Learning something new is always a rewarding experience. Your new skill will also make you an asset to the team.
6. Get to know your coworkers
Whether you are newer to your team or have been a part of it for many years, we’re sure there have been newer additions to your department that you might not have been able to get to know. Use this year as an opportunity to get to know your team more. Camaraderie in the workplace boosts morale and helps give people a sense of belonging. This is better for you, your coworkers and the company in the long run.
7. Explore growth opportunities
As mentioned, there are many ways you can challenge yourself this year, including learning a new skill, ongoing education and increasing your engagement within your team. To add to that, this year could be the year you focus on growing in your role and seeing how you can further your career at your company. Focusing on growth opportunities will further challenge you and show your manager that you can take on more responsibility.
A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. Use these helpful ideas as a guide to shape your resolutions for 2023. Working on them now will help set you on a path toward growth and prosperity.
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