So this is the time when many are making resolutions to improve their lives in some way. It’s also the time when many, in just 30 days, stop pursuing those resolutions. And if they do pick them up again, it won’t be until the following year.
Most people abandon their resolutions by the end of January. But don’t let those stats stop you!
Resolutions can help you set your intentions and concentrate your efforts on becoming your best self. This is so particularly in the workplace.
As a mental health professional, here are 5 resolutions to help make 2019 your year!
1. Adopt a regular self-care practice – It may take a while to determine what your regular self-care practice will be, but you have to start somewhere. What qualifies as self-care looks different for everyone; figure out what makes YOU feel recharged and ready for your challenges ahead. For some, heading to the gym for a workout or shooting a basketball outside may serve as adequate self-care. For others, hanging out at home, puttering around in PJs and reading books while drinking a cup of tea is sufficient self-care. Learning something new like how to play guitar or start a garden is self-care. Whatever self-care looks like for you, make it a part of your routine this year; don’t wait until you’re stressed to tend to you. Schedule your self-care activity on your calendar and stick with it like you would any important, mandatory event.
2. Set and go after a professional goal – If we’re not intentional about determining where we want to be and how to get there, the years can pass us by in a flash without much to show for it. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to finish school for a while. Maybe you want to move into a new position, take on a new role, learn a new skill, or initiate a new project. Figure out the goal you want to achieve, do some research to see what steps you’ll need to take to make it happen, come up with a plan, and get started. Step by step, little by little, this time next year you’ll have accomplished a lot!
3. Organize your home and office – A popular series has debuted on Netflix this year. It’s called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Use this as inspiration to get your own life in order. Purge from your home what you don’t need and what doesn’t “spark joy” for you. Do the same at work in your office/work space, including your digital files on your computer and email accounts. Of course, much of what you keep on the job is necessary and you can’t throw it all away. But perhaps you can think about ways you can make say for instance your filling system, more efficient or bring in something that’s aesthetically pleasing to you, like an art print or plant to sit on your desk or up on the bookshelf.
4. Improve a process – Think of one of the many processes you use throughout the day. What can you do to make the process more efficient? To take less time? To take less effort without sacrificing quality? Do some research to see if there are other options already available. Maybe, for instance, instead of checking your email multiple times a day, you can designate a certain hour or time of day where you check and respond to emails all at once. That way you’re conserving your time and energy by blocking out a particular moment to tend to those tasks instead of wasting your time and energy by constantly switching gears and getting pulled in multiple directions.
5. Make more time for fun – Since you’ve streamlined your most common processes, you may now have cleared a few extra hours in your calendar. Use that time to add more fun into your days. Go out to a favorite restaurant, dance club, bookstore. Host a party or get-together with friends. Plan a vacation. Life doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Use each moment, the little moments, to smile, to laugh, to spread joy.
What other work-related resolutions do you have?