Another New Year’s has just passed, and if you’ve opted for one of the typical resolutions, you’ve decided to lose weight, exercise more, or quit a nasty habit like smoking. If you’re one to make resolutions, have you considered adding a career-related resolution to your self-improvement goals for the new year? Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives at work, so it makes sense.
Explore this issueFebruary 2010
Because self-improvement is rarely easy, people often find resolutions difficult to keep. But in many ways, even making a career-related resolution is more difficult than making a personal one. Figuring out what to resolve about work is usually more difficult because it involves one’s identity, probably one’s income, and almost always relationships with other people.
Nonetheless, the basis for deciding upon a career resolution is similar to that for deciding on common lifestyle resolutions: You look at what you feel is lacking in your work or career, what you would like to improve, or what you feel dissatisfied with, and make a resolution. The goal is to help you take charge of your career and make the hours you spend at work mean more than just the source of your paycheck. Here are some examples of workplace habits that might be in need of New Year’s resolutions.
- Are You a Workaholic Who Doesn’t Want to Be One?
Resolve to say “no“ sometimes, to use up your vacation days each year, not to be a martyr when you’re really sick, to spend more time outside of work (that also means away from your pager, cell phone, BlackBerry, etc.), and to spend more time with family or friends, at the gym, at the theater, or doing whatever you need to do to get your life back. Or, you might decide it is the time to start thinking about retiring, and your resolution could be to plan for that important next step.