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Career Resolutions You Ought To Make

Jun 25, 2008
Step Away From Your Career

Take a few steps away from your career mentally. Sit back, relax, take a few deep breaths and evaluate your career. Check if it is moving along on the track you had intended it to, and if you are content in your current position. Identify the challenges and obstacles which could be coming up in in the new year and make plans to overcome them.

If you are due for a promotion, then plan as to how you are going to achieve it - conversely, you should also plan the steps that you could take if you are denied one.

Fit this year's career plan with your overall long-term plan and see how well they mesh together.

Step Away From the Stress

The start of a new year is always a good time to start a new physical activity routine. Identify the stress-causing activities in your workplace. Check out possible solutions for reducing or eliminating that stress. Along with that, start exercising. That in and of itself will reduce your stress to a great extent, in addition to making you fit and healthy.

Even simple tasks, such as taking a walk early in the morning or late in the evening with your spouse can reduce your stress to manageable levels, and give the both of you some quality time together.

Step Up Your Skills

Upgrade your existing skills. With the business world becoming so competitive, it can be detrimental to your career if you do not keep a step ahead of your competitors and colleagues. Enroll in weekend or part-time classes where you can get additional skills.

Use these skills in your workplace to get the attention you deserve - preferably a promotion.

If Unhappy, Step Away From the Company

If you are unhappy with your current job, then try to get transferred to another department in the same company. If that does not work, then start looking elsewhere. Do your research properly before jumping ship, so that you do not land from the frying pan into the fire.

Always try to sort out your problems in your current job before thinking about switching jobs. Talk to your superiors about your problems and tell them honestly if anything is troubling you. Stay on only if you are offered a viable long-term solution.

There is no point in trying to solve the same recurring problem year after year.

Step Up In Your Family

This is a good time to play an active role in your family life. Make sure you manage your time properly, so that you can spend more quality time with them. Play with your small kids more, if you have any, since those moments will not come back again. Attend any family activities - and be on time, every time.

These precious moments will make you feel good and will make life worthwhile. While this may not seem directly connected to your career, it will make you more cheerful and content - indirectly making you happier at work, thereby increasing your productivity.

So, go ahead - use this New Year to implement these resolutions, and watch your career glide smoothly towards the next new year.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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