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5 Popular Career-Related New Year Resolutions For 2016

Andy Teach, is a corporate veteran and author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time.  Teach states “I do believe that it’s fairly common for most people to have career-related New Year’s resolutions because work is such an important part of our daily lives,” he says. The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on what has worked and what hasn’t worked for us, and to think about what we want to do differently next year, he says.

 Here are 5 of the most popular career-related new year resolutions, along with tips for sticking to each of them.

1. Reduce stress. Ask yourself if the stress is coming from outside sources (your supervisor, colleagues, etc.) or if it’s self-induced. Perhaps you’re putting too much pressure on yourself, Teach says. If so, step back and start with the simple things like sleeping and exercising more. “Don’t place the weight of the world on yourself,” he says. “You can’t do everything so don’t try to.”

2. Be more organized. “Getting a head start on organization coming into the New Year is wonderful, however maintaining it is a little more difficult,” Meador says. “Don’t overwhelm yourself into a whole new way of doing everything. Rather, focus your efforts on one or two key areas where you want to be more organized and maintain them throughout the entire year.”

3. Improve your relationship with the boss/co-workers. If there’s one relationship that you should constantly be focused on, it’s your relationship with your boss, Teach says. “They control your destiny so it behooves you to develop a really strong professional relationship with them and to work at improving that relationship.”

Cooperation with your co-workers is also critical. “We all want to have a department of supporters who will have our backs and we have theirs,” Teach explains. “It’s not always possible to get along with everyone in your department. Sometimes there’s friction between co-workers and it may be our fault, it may be theirs. Again, it comes down to communication.”

4. Develop your communication skills. It might be difficult to improve your professional relationships if you’re a poor communicator. If that’s the case, you might resolve to enhance those skills in 2016.

5. Have a better attitude. A positive attitude can bring you great career success in 2016. “The resolutions I hear all the time, like make more money, get a promotion, do work I love, be a better networker, are more likely to happen if you have a more positive attitude,” Pollak says. “People want to do business with people who are proactive, positive and enthusiastic, so a good attitude will likely attract more people and opportunities your way.” If you want to be more optimistic this year, you’ll need to take good care of yourself; spend more time with family and friends–or doing the things that make you most happy; learn to appreciate what you have (both in your personal and professional lives); and smile more.

Good luck in 2016 and Happy New Year.

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