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5 Professional Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year! As we ring in a new decade, we think of new beginnings, new opportunities, and a chance to set new intentions and manifest positive energy. As the year gets underway, consider taking on one of these 5 professional resolutions for the new year that will make 2020 your best work year yet!

1. Learn a New Skill

Is there something you’ve been meaning to learn, but you just haven’t been able to find the time? Are you seeking a way to up your competitive edge in the job market? There are dozens of new skills to learn that could be beneficial for your career! Make it your mission in the new year to learn a new skill. You won’t regret taking the time to master something that could enhance your work at your current job or prepare you for any future roles you might take on… and if you’re lucky, your company might even pay for it!

2. Read Three Career-Focused Books

Reading can stimulate creativity and ultimately improve your performance, outlook, and personal habits. Take some time this year to read three books that are career-related or motivated in order to kick-start your productivity in the new year. Expanding your knowledge by learning something about your industry is always a certified way to improve.
If you’re not much of a reader, consider purchasing an audiobook or subscribing to three different career-focused podcasts! Kick-off this task by visiting your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, heading to your local library, which is free and easy! You might find yourself engrossed enough that you far surpass your goal of three books.

3. Write Something Every Day

The quality of writing in the United States has been decreasing steadily for the last decade. In fact, only 24% of students in eighth to twelfth grade were considered proficient in writing as per a 2011 nationwide test. Many people cite that the lack of writing skills stems from the fact that students are no longer taught to write analytically in school. Often, assignments have more to do with writing how you feel rather than writing to convey meaning or critical thinking.
It’s because of this that many young professionals are now looking for ways to improve their own writing; it’s an important skill to have. And to improve, just like any skill, it requires daily practice. Write in a personal journal or create a blog! Find ways to incorporate more reasons to write in your daily routine. Before you know it, you’ll be spinning prose and crafting worthwhile writing.

4. Join a Professional Organization

Joining a professional organization is a great way to make connections with industry leaders! There’s really no downside to that! While these cost money, they also provide great opportunities for growth and mentorship. As well, they can boost your work energy and productivity for weeks. There’s sure to be a networking group or professional organization in your area. If you’re having trouble finding one, ask around and tag along with your colleagues. They’ll make any introductions necessary, and then you’ll be well on your way to expanding your network.

5. Measure Your Work-Life Balance

Lastly, in this new year, it’s crucial to measure your work-life balance. Too often do we forget about our loved ones for the sake of our professional lives and careers. Enough is enough! First, define where you are currently with an online survey. Next, speak to your loved ones and ask them for feedback on what you could be doing more of. Finally, develop strategies to find more harmony between your work and personal life and integrate these techniques into your daily routine!

These 5 professional resolutions for the new year are sure to jump-start your career-focused goals! Here’s to your success in the New Year!