What are your career resolutions for 2021?
Around 4,000 years ago, ancient Babylonians were supposedly the first people to make New Year’s resolutions. The types of resolutions being made have changed significantly since then. However, the act of making resolutions has not. Across the world, the start of the New Year is viewed as the ideal time to make changes, adopt new routines, or begin a new adventure.
What part of this year do you hope will be better than the last?
Some of the classics include:
- quitting a bad habit
- getting healthier
- going to the gym
- landing a new job
It can be tough to stick to a resolution but don’t let the fact that your boss found you searching job postings or the rainy weather prevent you from accomplishing your goals.
Career Resolutions: Better Health
The resolution to “get healthier” can mean something different to everyone, but there are a few key steps that just about everyone can take towards this goal. First, it is important to be conscious of what you’re putting in your body. If you are working to reach your ideal weight, heavily restricting yourself (or trying out a fad diet) is not likely to give you the desired results in the long term. Keeping a food journal is a great way to increase your consumption mindfulness. If you plan to take supplements to boost weight loss, be sure that you are aware of what exactly it is you are taking and of any possible side effects.
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Career Resolutions: Better Bod
Getting in shape is one of the most popular resolutions. There are a lot of different ways to help achieve this. Perhaps the most obvious is to get a gym membership. If you shop around you are likely to find one in your area and your budget. Running is one of the best total body workouts. You can do it anywhere and it’s free!
If you need a little motivation, group fitness classes are a fun way to break a sweat. There are even classes designed for parents and children to do together. You can’t use not having a babysitter as an excuse!
Career Resolutions: Better Job
The New Year is a very popular time for people to evaluate their current employment position and potentially seek out a new or better opportunity. If you plan to actively seek new employment it is crucial that you update your resume so that it will stand out among other applicants.
Also, find a great mentor who can help guide you in your career and keep you motivated.
But perhaps the biggest way you can increase your chance of obtaining your career resolutions is by having a positive mindset.
New Year’s resolutions can be easy to make but much harder to keep. To increase your chance of sticking with them, try to plan as ahead as much as possible. Set yourself up for success. The more variables or hurdles that you are able to prepare for, the less likely you are to get overwhelmed and revert back to bad habits.
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Guest Blogger: Lucy Wyndham is a professional freelance writer, editor, and mother of two, who decided to take a step back and work from home after spending a decade working in the finance and health industries. You can reach out to Lucy at email@example.com