It’s Never Too Late to Make Resolutions That Will Improve Your Work Life
Each year, Christmas winds down and New Year’s begins to peak around the corner. People begin to consider New Year’s resolutions and the changes they’d like to make in the coming year. Resolutions are great and encourage people to consider what can be improved in their lives. However, resolutions don’t have to start when the New Year rings in. They don’t have to start on Monday or in the morning. Resolutions can start whenever they need to.
When it comes to work, it can be easy to fall into a routine. Sometimes, that routine isn’t the healthiest or happiest one. However, people spend a large portion of their lives at work. Work controls our financial well-being and, often, a portion of personal fulfillment. If your work life could use some improvement, start a resolution to make it better. Even if you don’t start right on New Year’s Day, it’s never too late to make your resolution.
Re-Evaluate Your Work Life
In order to make resolutions that will improve your life at work, you first need to reevaluate your job and all of the elements that make it what it is. Consider the negatives and the positives. Take some time and write down what you love about your work and what you hate about it. Maybe you hate the long hours, your co-workers are toxic, or you don’t feel like your company is keeping you fulfilled. On the other hand, maybe you like the benefits, your managers are helpful, or you feel like your work matters. Taking the time to really think about your work life will give you a sense of direction in your resolution to improve it. Here are some things to consider:
- Are you happy at work?
- What is your favorite and least favorite part about your job?
- If you could change one thing about work, what would it be?
Make a Plan
Your plan doesn’t have to be big or involve a lot of steps. All it has to do is provide you with a goal that will put your work life in a better place. Your goal might be to be more productive, to move up within your company, or to take part in more company activities. Maybe your goal is to work fewer hours or to take your vacation time. Make a plan that will allow you to achieve this goal. Writing it down, making a plan, and having a goal in mind will help to make your resolution more attainable. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what your goal should be or how to make a plan to get there. If that’s the case, take more time to evaluate your job and where your pain points are.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What changes can you make to improve your work life?
- Is your work life suffering, or is your personal life suffering? Both? Neither?
Find Your Work-Life Balance
If your work life is draining, your problem may have more to do with maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This means that you don’t feel the need to bring work home with you and that your personal life isn’t bleeding into your work life. Find this balance by making a note of your pain points and resolving them. If you are working too much, not taking a vacation, or sacrificing time at home for time at work, make a resolution to fix this. Instead of bringing the office home, unplug, get outside, and recharge. Not only will this help you reach a balance, but it’ll also help you to avoid occupational burnout that can impact your performance long term.
If you spend a lot of your work life thinking about home, surfing the web, checking social media, or texting others, you may need to find your work-life balance by focusing on work. Take social media apps off your phone, leave your phone in your pocket, and tell those close to you that you need to focus on work. This can help you to be more productive and keep your head in a workspace.
Create Healthy Working Relationships
Sometimes if work isn’t the happiest place, it’s because your work relationships are unhealthy. Make a resolution to have a healthier community around you at work. Co-workers who are gossipy, managers who are unsupportive, or customers who are rude can be difficult for anyone to handle — especially if you have a high emotional IQ and you’re more sensitive to toxic behavior. Make a resolution to rid yourself of toxic people at work, discuss poor behavior with HR, or be better about your own unhealthy behaviors and relationships. It’s never too late to take the steps needed to be a better person and surround yourself with better people at work.
Get the Most Out of Work
Not everyone has their dream job. Some jobs are just jobs, and it can be difficult to feel a passion for work when it’s not fulfilling. If this is the case for you, make a resolution to get the most out of work. Maybe you love your co-workers; if so, spend time cultivating those friendships. Friendship at work are also networking tools. Maybe you can move up, even if it’s not your dream job. This is an opportunity to find new aspects of your job you may love while building your resume. Make this resolution about getting the most that you can from your job and working hard no matter what. If you can’t get anything out of work, maybe your resolution is to find a job that you can get something out of.
Many of us like the idea of starting a change at the beginning. The beginning of the year, the week, the day, etc. However, it’s important to know that you can make your way towards change at any time. If a New Year’s resolution gives you the push you need to make positive change, then great. However, don’t feel like it’s your only option. When it comes to your work life, it’s important to be happy. Improve your work life by re-evaluating and making a plan. Think about your work-life balance, your work relationships, and what you want to get out of your job. Make the necessary changes to fulfill your resolution no matter what time of year it is.