10 Resolutions to Make You Happier at Work in The New Year

After the events of the last year, many will be looking to change their lives for the better, and make New Year’s Resolutions that bring about a real difference in their lives. Plenty of people are feeling like it’s time to take back control, and where better to start than work?

The New Year’s Resolution Show spoke to Helen Jones, an expert on workplace wellbeing and psychological health and founder of Cardiff-based Cortecs, who deliver leadership and management training. According to Helen, “Mental and physical health can have a huge impact on your performance at work, and there are simple changes you can make to your daily routine that will make you happier, healthier, and more productive in the New Year.”

Here are her 10 simple and achievable tips to make your working life run smoothly throughout the next year.

1. Reflect and look back...

Before the New Year rolls around, take time to reflect on the year gone by. What have you achieved in your career? What haven’t you achieved? What has changed for you over the past 12 months, and more importantly, what would you like to change?

Questions like these can help you focus on what you really want to achieve in the coming months. Do you want more responsibility? A new project? Is it time for a new job? Now is the time to think about where you’d like to be professionally in the short-term future and whether your current role is meeting your career aspirations.

2. ...then take action and look forward

It may sound clichéd but the New Year really is a perfect time to get moving and make changes to your mind-set and ultimately career. Update your CV and set yourself new goals. But ensure that these goals are SMART; that is specific, measurable, aligned, realistic, and time-bound.

Don’t give yourself too much to do in too little time otherwise it becomes overwhelming – your goals need to be achievable, otherwise you’ll feel as if you’ve lost before you’ve even begun! It is a good idea to set yourself one long term goal followed by a series of short term goals in order to achieve it.

3. Clear the clutter

We’re all busy people, jumping from task to task and constantly ‘on-the-go’ at work, and most of us are guilty of letting clutter and the mess build up over time. Left unchecked, the papers on your desk and the emails in your inbox can mount up to the point of becoming overwhelming.

Now is the perfect time to clear your inbox and unsubscribe from all those newsletters that you never look at. File away everything you need and throw away anything you don’t – be ruthless!

Clearing the clutter will help make sure you start 2017 with fresh perspectives and a clear frame of mind.

4. Prioritise

If you’re prone to procrastination, or are easily distracted, why not make 2017 the year that you make a change? Set yourself deadlines, make sure you have a clear list of actions for yourself each week or each day, and hold yourself accountable for getting everything ticked off.

My top tip is to put the task you enjoy least at the top of your to-do- list. It’s human nature to focus on tasks that are easier, quicker, and more fun – but if you make a point of taking care of your more challenging tasks at the start of the week / day, the days / hours that follow will be a breeze.

5. Log off

Social media is woven into every aspect of our lives – including the workplace, but too much technology can be toxic. Spending every spare moment in front of a screen can be counter-productive. Project management tools, email, and instant messaging are all great but sometimes these forms of communication just don’t cut the mustard.

Rather than firing off another email, consider picking up the phone or finding a way to speak to your colleague or client face-to-face. Not only is this a better way of building relationships, it’s often actually a quicker and more efficient way of getting things done.

6. Get fit

Exercising releases endorphins which interact with receptors in your brain to make you feel happier and more relaxed. It’s a no-brainer. Finding time to for an exercise routine around work can be difficult, so why not make your colleagues a part of your new hobby? After the overindulgence and excess of the festive period now’s the ideal time to set up a company running club, swap fruit for the biscuits in the office or join a new class with some colleagues and get fit together.

Small changes can work wonders too - walking to meetings, taking the stairs rather than the lift, or creating a healthy snack drawer at your desk will all contribute towards a healthier, happier, more productive New Year.

7. Make time for new relationships...

Connecting with your colleagues will not only help you to network within your industry but will also make the office a far happier and more enjoyable place to be every day. The simplest thing can make a real difference – things as easy as smiling and saying hello are steps towards creating a positive working atmosphere.

Helping introducing more activities that get you interacting with your colleagues (see above!) is also really useful. Understanding your team members outside of the work environment can help ease frustrations and avoid conflicts.

8. ...and rekindle old connections

Sometimes it’s important to take a break from the workplace. Your career isn’t the be-all-and-end all, and working excessive hours has been proven to be an ineffective way of working.

Spending time with family and friends should also be a priority and if your work-home life balance has disintegrated then ideally have a set time when you turn off your phone, shut down your laptop, and concentrate on them. ​

9. Reduce stress

Easier said than done, but if you find yourself overwhelmed at work, there are some very simple steps that may help, such as the 4-7-8 breathing technique: breathe in through your nose for the count of four, hold for seven seconds then breathe out for a count of eight.

Repeating this three of four times should help you feel more relaxed. Plus, taking a few moments away from your current task to complete this exercise may even give you a new perspective.

10. Be Positive

Above all, in 2017 be as positive as you can. Celebrate your successes but also accept that you, and your colleagues, are only human and therefore cannot be 100% efficient 100% of the time.

We all make mistakes but what is important is that we learn from these and move on. 2016 had many highs and lows and so will 2017, but if you enter the New Year with a positive outlook, knowing what you want to achieve, and armed with a plan for how to achieve it, eventually you’ll have prepared yourself to achieve your goals.



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