Setting new professional goals for yourself is a great way to continue to develop your skillset and advance your career. This New Year is a great time to reflect and create resolutions for the upcoming year to encourage self-improvement.
Below you’ll find a few resolutions you can challenge yourself in your professional life.
1. Learn a new skill
You can always learn something new whether it’s expanding your expertise or taking on something completely new. There are many free online resources available to explore a new topic and practice a new skill. Continually challenging yourself to learn keeps your brain healthy and builds connections between other skill areas.
2. Read a motivational book
Get inspired by reading a motivational book or listening to a podcast. By hearing people’s stories and career journeys, you can broaden your perspective and learn from the experiences of others. When you hear the challenges and accomplishments of others, you will feel motivated to tackle your own obstacles and pursue your own goals.
3. Update your resume
Take some time to review your resume and freshen it up. Even if you’re not actively looking for work, it is a good idea to keep your resume updated with relevant accomplishments and responsibilities. Remove older positions, add new skills, and reformat your resume for a modern look.
4. Get active on LinkedIn
Along with your resume, make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date. If you don’t have one, take some time to sign up and create a profile. LinkedIn is a great resource to connect with people in your field and find professional resources.
5. Expand your professional network
Meet professionals in your community and industry through networking events and groups. Joining a professional group is a great way to meet more people in your field. Some organizations require a membership fee, but there are also many online groups you can join for free on platforms such as Facebook and Reddit.
6. Find a mentor
Mentors can help you define your professional goals and keep you accountable. They can share invaluable advice and knowledge and introduce you to new opportunities. Mentorship can also enhance soft skills like collaboration and communication. With a mentor, you will have someone you can trust and share ideas in confidence regarding your work and career goals.
7. Volunteer in your community
Give back to your community by volunteering with a local charity or other nonprofit organization. This is also a great way to develop your skillset or explore a different field. You will also meet other community-oriented people and grow your local network.
8. Organize your workspace
Go through the draws and files in your workspace and clear out documents you no longer need. You can even go through your digital files to organize and make room for storage. A tidy workspace can reduce your stress and help you focus on the task at hand.
9. Maintain a work-life balance
Remember there is more to life than your work. Set boundaries between your work and personal life. For example, not checking your email after a certain time, taking small breaks throughout the day to regroup your thoughts, or saying no to new projects when you already have a lot on your plate. Each person will have their own ways to manage a healthy work-life balance. Find what works best for you.