There are two types of people in the world. There’s the type who head into a new year with a clear plan of what they want to achieve, know their goals, ambitions and aspirations – probably even write a to do list, and then there’s the other type who are totally winging life, take each day as it comes and struggle to stick to New Year’s resolutions. In work however, I’m sure 99% of us strive to progress, grow as a person and learn new skills, so setting New Year work resolutions can be a good thing in helping you to move forward in your career.

The start of a new year offers the perfect opportunity to look ahead and think about where you want to be in a year’s time, so why not try setting yourself some goals to help. Here are 6 top tips to get you started for 2018:

  1. Push yourself to the limit

Step out of your comfort zone. We all have to do things that make us feel uneasy, but that’s the key to growth and development. If a task arises that you haven’t done before but have either a) been asked to do or b) believe you can do a good job – see it as a positive and push yourself. Step up your game, don’t be afraid to get it wrong, and ask lots of questions. You will learn something knew everyday the more you leave your comfort zone.

  1. Thank you

Saying thank you goes a long way. Making it a resolution to send a quick email or write a small note for your colleagues to find thanking them for their good work, will make them feel appreciated and valued for the everyday challenges and pressures we face and ultimately, motivated to keep working hard as an individual and team.

  1. Work mentor

Take advantage of your work mentor. They have been through everything you have. They are there to help and offer support, guidance and encouragement. Make it a goal to ask for advice more, arrange lunch dates or catch ups, and get the best advice from them that you can. Teaching and learning from others is key to career improvement.

  1. Tidy up

One of my colleagues once told me that having a tidy workspace and inbox equals a tidy mind.  It’s something I always remember and make a conscious effort to do. My New Year’s work resolution is to do this more frequently. So even if it’s once a day, week or month, making the effort to get organised and de-clutter will help keep your mind focused.

  1. Tune in

How often do you keep up to date with the latest industry news? This fast paced world is constantly overflowing with news, stunts, and media activity that it can be hard to keep up. Take a moment during quiet time to stay up to date – read, watch and listen to the latest news in the business to stay ahead of the game.

  1. Give yourself a pat on the back

Take credit for the hard work you’ve done – whether it’s an amazing piece of coverage, secured over a million video views or done a fantastic pitch, celebrate your own achievements. In our industry, we are team players and we work hard helping each other do the best we can. Take time to jot down the good things you’ve done. It’s so easy to forget, and when it comes to personal appraisals, this is what you want to be shouting about  – take time to reflect so you can PR yourself!

Unfortunately, we’re not robots and can’t be productive every minute and every second of the day, so it’s okay to take a moment to yourself. With emails flooding in all the time, it’s easy to get lost in the day, so finally, make it a goal to stop, relax for a moment and breathe.

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