Well, it’s that time again! The time to be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. You know, the little goals that you set yourself right after Christmas to work on in the new year – things you want to improve about yourself, things you try to cut out which aren’t good. Things you inevitably sweep under the rug by mid-January when nothing changes.
So what will your resolution be this new year? Fix your failing marriage? Solve your mid-life crisis? Get rid of the excess belly fat that’s so large you haven’t seen your feet in two years? Of course not – let’s think on a smaller scale, and keeping things simple, we’ll think of things to change whilst in the office. Some office New Year’s resolutions, if you will. Smaller goals are easier to accomplish as they often don’t require drastic changes to your lifestyle, and just because they’re smaller goals doesn’t mean they don’t have a meaningful impact. Small improvements – especially if there are a lot of them – can completely change your career for the better. Here are some ideas:
Learn a new skill
If you have free time, why not use it productively and learn a new skill? The world of work is ever changing and you would be wise to keep up. It could be learning a new coding language in little chunks, getting to grips with Excel, learning how to edit, whatever else in your field. It’s certainly a better use of time than allowing your brain cells to wither away by watching TikTok dances. It doesn’t even have to be a huge time commitment – even 15-20 minutes per day really adds up.
Instead of spending as much time away from a work environment as you can get away with, for one of your office New Year’s resolutions, consider going above and beyond – start networking! There are bound to be a number of networking groups for you to join, containing like minded business professionals; the benefit of this is not only the opportunities for striking deals and gaining more exclusive opportunities, but the experience of a social setting and meeting people will also help your confidence. Did we mention that Venture X hosts their own networking events?
Increase productivity by changing your workstyle
A few simple changes during the work day can really boost your productivity. A very simple and perhaps welcome resolution could be to take regular breaks in your day – working in a burst then having a break straight after can really help you to focus. Even if you are working for a shorter amount of time, you tend to work more efficiently within it, which can lead to fantastic results. But that’s just one idea. Have a look at our article on ways to improve your productivity for more ideas…
And on the topic of productivity, if you, dear reader, haven’t considered a coworking space, you might want to give it some thought. Working from home is really bad for productivity. If you work from home currently, and would like to make a change to it (and get a whole host of other benefits!) then check out the rest of our website to see if a coworking space is right for you…