10 Great Ways to Start the New Year
Here are our top ten tips to get the new year off to a flying start:
1. Review your successes
It’s easy to forget the good stuff. Before you start looking ahead, take some time to review the past year and think about what went well. Celebrate your successes. Write a list of what worked for you in 2014 and what didn’t, then start planning what you’d like to do differently in 2015.
2. Set some goals
Make a point of identifying where you are now and where you’d like to be this time next year. If you don’t know where you’re going it’ll be hard to get there. If you want to be in a different position next year, plan how you’re going to make the change.
3. Manage your reputation
You need to make sure your reputation speaks for itself. Influence what other people know about you by making the most of your social media profiles and networks. Update that information to keep it fresh and ensure that they contain the information you want people to know about you when they Google your name.
4. Make new connections
Expand your circle of contacts by networking. The more people who know you, like and trust you and think you’re good at what you do, the better your chances of finding and securing new opportunities in the new year.
5. Get more involved
Join a professional association or take a more active role in one where you’re already a member. Professional organisations provide plenty of opportunities to volunteer and gain experience. Take a small role to start with and aim to ramp up your responsibilities over time, especially if your career plan involves taking a leadership role.
6. Acquire new skills
To make further progress in the new year you’re probably going to need some new skills. Make a plan to get these under your belt. Speak to your manager or HR team to check if there are any ways to augment your current skills by getting involved in new projects or undertaking some training or coaching.
7. Clarify your priorities
Make sure you’re clear about what you really want to achieve in your current job and where you intend to focus your efforts in the new year. That will help you with decision making when conflicting demands are made of your time and energies.
8. Audit your job
Think about what you love about your job, and the things you would change if you could. What are your main challenges and frustrations? How could you eliminate these? What are your goals for 2015?
9. Track your progress
Create an email folder to capture your achievements. Take the time to create a way of recording your successes so that you don’t forget them in the hustle and bustle of daily work. Collate examples of positive feedback and encouragements from customers and colleagues. This will help you prepare for performance reviews during the year and it’s a great way of reflecting on your progress.
10. Look after yourself
Make sure you have the energy, focus and motivation to achieve your work goals for 2015 by making the most of your free time. Take regular exercise to recharge your batteries, unwind your mind and stay healthy. Do things that you really enjoy. Carve out time for friends, family and fun. You need this recreational time to maintain a good work/life balance so you can perform at your best.
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