The new year is here, and it’s an excellent time for a fresh start at work. Whether it’s developing healthy habits or improving productivity, the new year is a great time to make a change at work. Start with making these 20 changes at work to help you achieve success in 2020.
1. Set goals
There’s no better time to set ambitious goals than a new year! And by reading this, you’re off to a great start. Our goal with this list is to provide you with some inspiration for setting milestones you’d like to achieve in 2020.
2. Achieve a better work-life balance
Work-life balance is one of the hottest topics in the working world today. This year, try to strike a balance between the two! See if your employer is open to flexible working hours or occasionally working remotely. If nothing else, leave work at the office and be fully present when you’re at home.
3. Improve Your Focus
The number one thing you can do to improve your focus is cut down on distractions. Put your phone down and focus on the tasks at hand. You would be amazed at how your productivity will increase!
4. Change Your Attitude
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
5. Try something new
2020 will provide plenty of opportunities for you to get out of your comfort zone. Volunteer for a new responsibility at work, pick up an unfamiliar hobby, or approach an old issue in a new way.
6. Find your motivation
What motivates you to get up in the morning? Once you understand your motives, your passion will start to shine through your work, and everything will have more meaning.
We are huge proponents or self-education. With the number of resources available to you today, there are endless opportunities to learn something new. Start by reading at least one industry-related article per day.
8. Jump at new opportunities
Whether you’re offered a new project, a raise, or even a new job, this year, we encourage you to say yes to whatever opportunities come your way.
9. Take on a new skill
You can acquire a skill directly related to your job, or branch out to learn something completely new that you’ve always wondered about or been interested in. Could a lean Six Sigma course add value to your title? Have you always wanted to try your hand at Photoshop? Employers value people who go out and actively develop their professional skills.
10. Help others
At work and in your personal life, it’s always a good idea to pay it forward. If you see a coworker struggling to meet a deadline, offer to jump in and help.
11. Create relationships
At work, we can often get stuck in a rut of only socializing with those we work closely with. This year, go out on a limb and get to know others in your office. Introduce yourself to the Accounting team, or get coffee with the IT department. You might be surprised about the things you’ll learn and the relationships you’ll build.
12. Increase productivity
Examine your day-to-day routines. We guarantee there are ways you can streamline your processes. Make a change at work by eliminating time-consuming meetings or implement a “power hour” in which you put your nose to the grindstone and get as much done as possible with no interruptions.
As you set new goals for 2020, be sure to prioritize them as you go. Give each goal a deadline and even incorporate mini-milestones throughout. That way, you’ll always have direction and know what needs the most attention when.
14. Establish a routine
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell
15. Get moving
According to a large-scale study, getting outside lowers anxiety and depression and boosts your mood and well-being. Among numerous other health benefits, a little exposure to natural light will help you feel more relaxed throughout the day.
16. Get organized
Organization leads to huge boosts in productivity, so clear off that desk, clean up your inbox, and organize every file. Your future self will thank you.
17. Build your network
LinkedIn is a great place to start building your network. Reach out to people in your field, alumni from your University, or someone you’ve always admired.
18. Recognize your accomplishments
There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back every once in a while! Take a moment to reflect on everything you accomplished in the last year.
19. Analyze your progress
After implementing a few of these changes at work, how do you feel? Analyze how each step has affected you and how you work.
20. Think about what’s next
If you’ve worked your way through this list, made changes at work, and still feel that something is lacking in your professional life, it may be time for a new position. In today’s candidate-driven market, there are hundreds of companies out there looking for employees just like you. Partner with a recruiter from Johnson Service Group to discover what opportunity awaits you in 2020!