Making resolutions. It’s the thing to do when a new year rolls around! Here are some career resolutions to make to help make 2014 a successful, productive year:
Organize your email inbox by creating folders, tags, filters, any tool your email client offers! Then set aside specific times to check your email to avoid getting too distracted throughout the day.
Make better to-do lists with the 1-3-5 rule – one big thing, three medium size things, and five little things. Prioritization and organization are instrumental to increasing productivity.
Make solid contacts. Put forth a true effort to make mutually beneficial connections. How many? Aim for 6, one every two months, to start with. Two months will give you plenty of time to attend a few networking events, follow up with a select few people, and begin nurturing your relationship with your new contact. As the year goes on, try not to forget about the contacts you made earlier in the year! Continue your emails, coffee chats, social media conversations, etc. throughout the year.
Learn a new skill or perfect one that needs improvement. Take a public speaking class. Learn to code. Join social media (learning the ins and outs of Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, etc. takes skill!).
Of course you can go above and beyond and learn more than one new thing!
Be more likeable. Yes, likeable! Taking more time to listen and truly engage during conversations, being more forth-coming in giving compliments, and becoming more humble are a few ways to be more likeable at work – and in life! If you’ve already mastered being likeable, then you know that building friendships, work relationships, and therefore teamwork, can all be made easier by being a bit more likable.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?