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Career Resolutions for 2018

We have all been there: Resolve to cut carbs, join a gym, learn Japanese or finally clean out that junk drawer come New Year’s Day. The reality? The bread box is calling you by 5 p.m. on Jan 1 and by the end of the month, you have probably only been to the gym a couple of times. So this year, maybe it is a good idea to change your New Year’s resolutions to become something more career-oriented. Perhaps you want to learn more about a different department, start meeting with recruiters to explore new paths, or switch employers and enter a new field. Before you set your goals – which is always a good thing to do, no matter what time of year – when 2018 begins, put together an action plan that will take your work life to the next level. Here’s how:

Start meaning it when you say ‘yes’
Dragging your heels to another networking event you agreed to attend? It’s time to start stepping high into the next work-related gathering. You should put your best efforts forward if you RSVP-ed in the affirmative to a meeting, a training session or any other career-related adventure that takes you outside of the office. Attitude is everything, and you never know what you may discover or who you may meet when you come together with like-minded professionals. So don’t be the miserable person in the corner. Remember that your career is important, and be an excellent representative for yourself and your company. That next promotion may depend on it.

Know when to unplug
It’s great that you’re working around the clock, but is that what your employers really want? Fast Company advised that you resolve to toil less in 2018 – but that doesn’t mean your effort also exponentially diminishes. No one is going to promote a burned-out employee, so strike a balance and stick to it. Stop watching cat videos on the Internet while you’re on the clock, and get tasks done in a timely fashion, so you can have leisure time. Your life will be more balanced as a result and if you have time to start pursuing hobbies again, you may even discover a new, hidden passion.

Become a blogger
You don’t have to be an expert in your field or a CEO to present your insight to the world. Forbes advised that you start writing in the new year, and see where your ideas take you. It is fairly easy to put together a focused blog around a topic of your choice, a passion that extends into your professional life, or to finally flex your creative muscles. If your site happens to be hyper-focused around your work, present it to your boss or manager. It may come to be that you end up contributing to your corporate site or collaborate on other materials in the future. And you never know – you may have a future as a writer.

Stay on top of current events
It’s always a good idea to pay attention to what is happening in the world, but this is particularly significant for work-related purposes. Forbes advised that you make a point to read the news in 2018, if it is something you tend to presently avoid. There may be updates about software, for example, that you rely on at work, corporate mergers which can eventually affect your career plans or other information about local developments. It is always good to have as much information as you can to make the best possible decisions for your future career.

You don’t have to make sweeping changes to your life or your habits to set career-related New Year’s resolutions. In fact, small additions to your life can enable you to become more mindful and present with your work, which can then help you better achieve your goals in 2018 and beyond.

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