5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Career

By Cathy Thurber

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Happy 2015!!

It’s a brand new year, and with that we all know what comes next:  Resolutions.  Oh, there are the normal resolutions …Start a fitness routine, eat right, spend more time with family and friends, enjoy life as much as you can, etc., etc., etc.

But what about New Year resolutions for your office?  Yes, it’s true!  We can look forward to the coming year and resolve to make changes that better our organization.  Here are a few ways we can make our work day / week / year just a little bit better:

  1. Set realistic goals for yourself. Well thought-out and achievable goals can really help you move forward.  They give you direction and focus.  Look at the big picture and then break it down into smaller steps that will help you get there.  If you need help setting realistic goals, here are some steps that may help:  http://sidsavara.com/personal-productivity/setting-realistic-goals
  2. If it’s not working for you, let it go and move on. If your product, be it a new program or a commodity, is not working then stop using it.  Don’t invest a ton of energy into trying to make something work that is unworkable.  Not all suppliers or business relationships are good for your company.  Besides when one door closes, another opens up, correct?  There will be something better down the road.
  3. Get organized. Oh, the bane of my existence.  I cannot stand things being unorganized and yet they always seem to end up that way at one point or another.   Reduce the clutter, both on your desk and inside your computer.  Do you need to keep all those emails or can you save them somewhere or delete them?  Have you seen your stapler lately or is there a pile of paperwork hiding it?  If you can’t find that stapler, file those papers or trash them!  Either way, you’ll breathe easier with a more organized desktop.
  4. Remember those extra emails from #3?  Well, can you delegate some of those to another person?  We all know that certain someone who has an inbox with over 500 emails.  This is just not necessary – and not good for your work atmosphere!  It can be easy to think you have the capability of handling it all, but usually you just end up feeling stressed and frazzled.  Ask yourself these questions: Do you have enough time to handle this? Is there another person that has the expertise to accomplish this task?  Delegating is not giving up; it’s recognizing what is the best use of your time and skills while acknowledging the skills and potential of others in your organization.
  5. Learn something new. I can never state this enough, for life in general.  Learning is your most valuable tool.  Determine to learn something directly related to your business.  In insurance, we all have those continuing education classes to take – make sure it’s something that will add a new dimension to what you already know.  Or, choose to learn something completely unrelated to work!  A healthy balance between work and home life is important.  Perhaps there is something you’ve always wanted to do that will make you more fulfilled.  Take a chance and broaden your horizon!  You may even meet new people who could become customers or colleagues.
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