11 Career Resolutions To Make For The New Year

11 work resolutions for 2017
11 career resolutions to make for the new year

We are getting close to saying our goodbyes to 2016, and moving on to 2017. A lot of people can't wait for the holidays, so they can rest, hang out with family, or do things they haven't done in a while and what most of us do every year, make resolutions for the new year. 

But you should also make resolutions to further your career. There are lots of other ways to use the holiday, and one of them is to further your career. 

The most common attitude toward New Year's resolutions seems to be that you should resolve to stop doing something "bad," and then you should indulge in that thing until Jan. 1. But instead of shaming ourselves, how about we set out to do something good for ourselves or others, something we actually want to do, and then start it as soon as we can? 

It's advisable you start working on your resolutions in 2016, so it'll be easy to ease into them in 2017. 

Like the old saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” it’s never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to help.

1. Pay attention in class

Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. It doesn't have to relate to your skills set. It may be as simple as understanding how to work with specific peers or improving your emotional intelligence. Take mental notes. Don't sleepwalk through the day.

2. Ask for a raise 

This is very tricky. You can loose your job sometimes if you ask for A raise. But if you don't ask you might never get one. So consider coming up with a plan to highlight your accomplishments, demonstrate what a raise will allow you to contribute even more of, and find out if your employer can offer you anything extra. It doesn't even have to be financial: Maybe what you really want is more vacation time or the ability to work from home once a week. Whatever it is, they might say no, but as long as you're respectful, they can't hold it against you for asking.

3. Ramp up job applications

If you've been wanting to leave your job but are only half-heartedly applying for other ones, set a quota for yourself that forces you to get on that. Maybe you want to aim for a new job application every day, or maybe one a week is all you can handle. Whatever it is, it'll put you on the way toward improving your situation rather than just waiting for something to come along.

4. Optimise your productivity

Another way to free up time for yourself is to drop the tasks that aren't absolutely necessary. Maybe you've been answering emails that don't really require a response. Maybe you need to limit your Facebook time. Perhaps if you can cut down the time you spend getting ready in the morning, you'll get to the office with a head start. Then, you can spend the extra time you've freed up getting more crucial things done and reaching for bigger goals.

5. Learn a new skill

It is important to learn a new skill. Rather than just repeating the same job every day, it's important to think about what you'd like that job to look like years down the line and how you'll get there. Yu can decide to learn how to use Photoshop or better still improve your leadership skills. You need skills to go up the career ladder, learn new skills to help your career.

6. Collaborate with someone you admire 

You know that person you think would be awesome to work with but are convinced is just far too awesome to ever want to work with you? They might be thinking the same thing about you! If you feel a connection with someone, they might feel it too. So get coffee and figure out if there's a way you could work together, even if it's not totally clear at first what that is. Learning about each other will help you identify opportunities to collaborate as they come along.

7. Get a side hustle 

Yo are more than a 9-5. Explore your interests outside your day job could really help you express different parts of yourself. The other cool thing about a side hustle is that if it takes off, it could become your main hustle.

8. Find a mentor and be a mentor

 A mentor-mentee relationship shouldn't feel that forced or obligatory, but it still can't hurt to talk to people you look up to and forge some kind of relationship. You can learn a lot about your potential career paths by speaking with people who have already gone down them, even if it doesn't evolve into a full-fledged mentor-mentee relationship.

You should also be a mentor. You can also help to someone junior to you at your company or someone interested in getting into your field. You can also build your resume by doing some volunteer work for a non-profit. If you work in marketing, maybe there's an organisation that needs help running its social media account. If you're a programmer, some charity could also probably use someone to design its website. 

9. Revamp your online presence

Work on, things like your website, Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile can fall by the wayside. But these things can really make a huge difference toward finding good work and meeting inspirational people.

10. Make a to-do list 

A lot of us don't follow our to-do lists because there's nothing interesting on them. We'd be better off including long-term career goals, not just day-to-day tasks, on our to-do lists.

11. Celebrate your achievements 

We can get so caught up in always striving toward the next goal that we don't acknowledge the goals we've already reached. But reminding ourselves what work we've done and why it's important to us — and rewarding ourselves — can help provide the motivation to keep doing it.

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