As we make new years resolutions and reflect on last year’s achievements, January is a time to create a fresh start or reboot. No matter what you do or what position you are in, I believe these 9 things will help you kick start your year!
1. Stay positive.
All of us would rather work with a coworker that has a glass half full attitude vs. someone that consistently sees all that is wrong with the things around them. In the new year, make an effort to change how you approach situations at work with positivity and a smile. This will lead to those around you to pick up the same positivity and glass half full mentality which makes achieving goals that much easier.
2. Reflect and continue to do so more often.
It is important for us to reflect on the prior year and assess what you achieved and was successful and what you didn’t get to or could have done better. It is even more important to be honest with yourself to get an accurate reflection so you can determine what you want to achieve in the next year. We should all get in the habit of doing this more often. Schedule an hour or two quarterly or monthly to do some self-reflection and jot down notes. This will also make your self-assessment at the end of the year easier.
3. Create goals.
All of us want to win so when setting goals, I always do a combination of goals that I know I will easily be able to achieve in addition to a few more challenging goals. Keep them listed in a spot that you see daily so they are always present, and you can reflect if the task that you are doing contributes to your goals. Don’t be afraid to modify or change these goals mid-year as things change and it is important to make sure your goals stay relevant to the work you are doing.
4. Get up and move.
Studies show you are more effective at work when you get up and move around consistently. Make a point to block out time daily to ensure you are moving around. Take the stairs in the morning. Go for a walk at lunch. Even getting up around the office and talking to your co-workers vs messaging them can help.
5. Declutter your space.
Many of us do this at home before or after the holidays after new items come into our homes. Clutter weighs on you on a subconscious level – it looks like even more work and distracts you from the things you want to get done. Block an hour or two to go through your desk and bring in a new plant to freshen the space.
6. Create a routine.
Meetings, ad-hoc projects, administrative projects – the list goes on and on of the tasks and projects that can get in our way and make us less productive. Create a weekly plan that works for you and block it out on your calendar. Try to keep a day or two wide open to catch up on projects that you didn’t get to earlier in the week due to meetings. Look at the entire year and preplan your big items like self-reflection to ensure you don’t forget.
7. Schedule vacation.
We all want something to look forward to so look at the calendar and plan your vacations for the year and ensure you are setting aside time to recharge your batteries. Switch off completely and turn off any devices and relax. This will also ensure you keep your positivity up at work. Don’t wait to plan a vacation until you are at a breaking point, do it now!
8. Find someone who inspires you.
Identify someone who inspires you and reach out to see if you can learn more about what they do and how they have achieved it. Personal development starts with you and driving your learning forward. Taking time to connect with someone that will help your personal goals and development. This can be a co-worker, client, family member, boss, anyone that inspires you! Reach out today!
9. Show gratitude.
Finally, we should give more gratitude. We often can get stuck in a rut thinking about what we don’t have and perpetuate those thoughts as we scroll through our social media and how others seem to have it better. I recently heard Oprah talk about health and wellness. She spoke to her belief in focusing on gratitude, which really resonated with me. Thinking daily about what we do have, and opportunities lie in front of us professionally will help our well being and performance in the workplace.