3 workplace resolutions for 2018
The annual battle with ourselves to make positive changes in our lives will soon begin again. However, we all know that sticking to new resolutions can be easier said than done.
According to the most recent statistics, approximately 80% of us fall down on our resolutions by February. In light of these figures, many of you might be asking; is there a trick to sticking to new habits? Is there any hope for the rest of us looking to change our lives for the better?
Well, one of the biggest mistakes people tend to make when making resolutions is that they overcomplicate them or make it too difficult. Make small changes at the beginning and then develop them.
Here at Glandore, we believe in backing positive change, so we’ve put together a list of some simple, but effective New Year’s resolutions which you can easily incorporate into your plan for 2018.
1. Learn to give yourself a pat on the back
We are living and working in a new age of self empowerment. You don’t need accreditation from anybody but yourself and as a wise woman once said, “if you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else?”
When you get back to your desk in the new year, create a folder somewhere on your desktop and fill it full of your best projects, documents, testomonials, thank you notes, etc. Whenever you’re feeling deflated or need some quick inspiration, open the folder and remind yourself of some of the great work you’ve done in the past.
Learn to be your own driving force by acknowledging your arsenal of abilities. Not only will you feel better but you will be fueling your own sense of confidence and initiative.
2. Step out of your professional comfort zone
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest secrets to corporate success is honesty. Being able to provide your higher-ups with honest, accurate feedback is something most people admire and creates a sense of trust between managers and employees. However, this can be difficult for some. They may be afraid to rock the boat for fear that their career prospects will suffer for voicing their opinion, but this should never be the case.
As a resolution, force yourself to be more assertive when something goes wrong and make sure you state what’s really on your mind. At first this will be terrifying, but when the initial shock wears off you will find this easier to deal with in future. In turn, you will earn the respect of your coworkers and possibly the admiration of your manager. Who knows? You career may even prosper from simply making that initial stand.
3. Set aside time for yourself
Do you find yourself feeling like you’re only ever catching up on work, even if it’s not even yours? That tends to be the reality for most professionals in today’s economy. If you have a family outside of these work hours then that feeling only intensifies.
It’s vital that you make time for the other things which you feel passionate about. Hobbies such as sports, cooking, gaming, crafts, etc, can help alleviate stress and refocus your mind on something productive. Life is more than just driving through your ‘9-to-5’ until you reach the weekend.
Make it one of your top priorities for 2018 to make sure you free up some time during the week for activities that will revitalise your mind and help you re-centre yourself.