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5 New Yearís Resolutions To Make For Career Progression
Not all career resolutions are created equal. While itís essential to set goals for the year ahead, the way you approach them may hinder rather than help your progress at work.
Instant Officesí John Williamslooks at a few resolutions you might need to replace in 2017.
1. Old resolution:This year my career will be my sole focus
If you do plan to make your career the focal point of your year, ensure you work smarter and not harder. And if work life balance isnít a priority already, it should be in 2017. No matter how important your career is to you, itís vital to spend time on something other than your job.
This is not as easy as it sounds, considering most of us stay plugged in to emails, group chats and client communicationeven while on holiday, but making time for life is essential to succeed andavoid burnout. Take it from the Millennials, who currently corner the largest share of the US labour market: a study revealed that 16.8% of them value a goodwork life balanceover 13.4% who value opportunities to progress.
New resolution:This year Iíll focus on achieving a work life balance
2. Old resolution:In 2017 Iím going to further my work skills
Developing your skills at work is commendable and an ideal way to increase your value and enhance your talent, but personal development is just as essential. Consider learning something completely unrelated to work this year, and youíll be surprised at how it benefits your career.
Take a cooking class, learn programming, paint, start gardening or learn about search engines. Diverse experiences open new ways of thinking, expand problem solving abilities and increase creativity Ė all skills which are invaluable to your career.
New resolution:In 2017 Iím going to learn something completely unrelated to my job
3. Old resolution:This year Iím going to get more done at work every day
If your goal is to be more productive at your job this year, the answer may lie in spending less time at your desk and not more. Getting more done in a work day shouldnít involve eating lunch at your desk, staying late and coming in early. To maintain a balance, learning how to be more productiveduringyour work day is key.
Regular breaks away from your desk can increase productivity, expand creativity, and improve working relationships as you socialise and network with colleagues. Moving around regularly is also better for your health Ėcalculate your sitting timeand vow to cut it in half this year!
New resolution:This year Iím going to leave my desk more often
4. Old resolution:Iíll stay in a job I dislike because thereís room for growth
There are two ways to approach this one. Take a fresh look at your professional goals and the possible timeline to get from A to B. If you can move the process along by studying (check with employers, many offer tuition assistance) or volunteering, it might be worth sticking it out.
Alternatively, if youíre ready to leave thereís no better time than now. Use your professional networks for assistance and contacts. Whatever you do, donít throw your current employer under the bus while on the job hunt Ė you never know when you may need to refer to them for help.
New resolution:Iíll work out whatís best for me right now
5. Old resolution:This year Iím going to demand a pay rise
Why: According to asurvey of 31 000 peopleby PayScale, only 43% of respondents say theyíve asked for a raise, and while it is outside of most of our comfort zones, itís important to communicate your expectations with your company.
Before you do this itís essential toknow your worth. Preparation is key, and you must be ready to demonstrate why youíre valuable to the organisation, and what theyíd gain from investing in you. Keep a record of achievements and recognition in the past to strengthen your claims.
New resolution:This year Iím going to earn a pay raise
January is a notorious time for creating goals and resolutions that we fail to stick to. Donít fall into this time of the year trap. You can make a change to your career or life at any point in 2017. Itís never too late to bring some inspiration and change into the mix. Good luck!