Advance Your Career With These New Year Resolutions

Fed up office workers are being urged to turn over a new leaf for 2018 and adopt new habits if they want to get ahead in their careers

Thousands of people across the UK are now determined to revamp their lives in one way or another. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your fitness, travel to new countries or try something crazy like skydiving, it’s important to also make resolutions which will impact your life in the workplace too.

It’s easy to fall into bad habits at work, and as it’s somewhere that the average Brit will spend around 81,000 hours of their lives, we should be making a conscious effort to improve our performance in the workplace too.

Experts from believe more workers should apply New Year resolutions to their professional lives rather than simply limiting them to their personal lives. By vowing to dump procrastination and focus on becoming more productive during 2018, workers can stand out from their more complacent colleagues and supercharge their careers.

Spending less time on social media, purging email inboxes and cutting out the digital clutter are just some of the things workers should be doing in 2018 to get the most out of their time at work.

Otherwise, aiming to get a fantastic promotion or welcoming a complete change by getting a new job entirely are some of the more challenging resolutions professionals should be aiming towards for 2018.

A spokesperson for commented:

“Whatever it is you think can improve your performance at work, instead of just thinking about it, try writing your resolutions down as this will help to make them real, solidifying them in your brain and ultimately making them more achievable.”

Here are 10 workplace resolutions to make for the New Year:

1) Get the promotion:

Whether you want more responsibility, a generous pay rise or a validation of your worth in the company, getting a promotion is something we will all aspire to at some point in our careers, so make 2018 the year this happens!

2) Get a new job:

Have you become stagnant in your current workplace and you know there is nothing left for you in your current position? If even a promotion isn’t worth aiming for, the New Year is the perfect time for new beginnings, which naturally means a new job.

3) Stop eating lunch at your desk:

Food eaten in front of the computer screen is not as delicious as food eaten outside the office. Lunch time is a sacred time that you should use for reenergising and rebooting your brain for work in the afternoon, so get up, and get out of the office!

4) Purge your emails:

Unsubscribe to all those pesky newsletters and reply to the emails you’ve been meaning to deal with for weeks.

5) Get to work earlier:

Do you notice that CEOs and leaders are the earliest to arrive in the office? Most people think this has to do with role modelling but there is a more functional reason behind it: they simply get more things done.

6) Cut the digital clutter:

Ever wondered how much time you waste every day looking for specific files or combing through archives?

Take some time to get rid of unneeded content now and save yourself lots of time in the long run. Decluttering your desktop and deleting files and apps you no longer use is a great place to start.

7) Get more out of your commute:

Try to make your commute healthier by walking or biking, but if this is totally out of the question, then use it as an opportunity to be productive.

If you’re driving, try listening to audiobooks or podcasts that are specific to your industry, or if public transport is more your style, then take advantage of this time and stay on top of personal tasks, or read books and magazines that inspire you.

8) Stop blending into the woodwork:

Wallflowers and introverted people may have a hard time speaking up in meetings or expressing opinions to your colleagues or managers, but it’s never too late to start trying to put in your two cents.

Try picking one work-related issue that you’re particularly knowledgeable about and contribute a few comments about this issue during a meeting. You may be surprised at how seriously people take the input of someone who speaks sparingly!

9) Spend less time on social media:

This year, be more aware that social media is the ultimate productivity killer and consciously try to cut down your social media use, particularly at work.

10) Set time aside for you:

If you can’t come into work with a clear head in the morning, how do you expect to get anything done?

It’s important to shut down and recharge your batteries, and time for yourself is just as important as the time you put into your work.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break. With a background in PR working in Los Angeles and Barcelona, Charlotte has been working hard running Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden for the past 4 years. Dried mangos, Starbucks and runs through Hyde Park get this Londoner through the day.

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