It’s the new year, and it’s time to break out the new year’s resolutions. Yes, the tired old trope of millions of Americans swearing to go to gym, only to give up after a week or so can be quite funny, but I’m discussing actual new year’s resolutions. And don’t get me wrong, getting healthy and fit is a great resolution, but only if you stick to it. And that’s what I wanted to focus on today: finding a resolution that you can stick to in order to improve your work life.

Human nature tends to make us lazy, and so we can have a difficult time sticking to our resolutions. But, when it comes to your work life, you’ll want to follow these resolutions to help your mental health and well being. Work tends to add a tremendous amount of stress on our lives, and so any way that you can decrease that stress will improve your work life, and make you a more productive and successful employee.

Organization Is Key

The year is new; there’s an opportunity for a clean slate. You can start over again. One of the best ways to get a fresh start is to organize yourself and your work station. If you work in an office environment, chances are you’ve accumulated a vast array of papers and files over the year. It may not seem like it at first, but that unorganized clutter of papers can prevent you from reaching your full potential as an employee. So, you can either organize them, or you can get rid of them. Throw out and shred any papers that you just don’t need anymore. Once you’re finished with that, why not organize the random office supplies floating around in your work space? A clean space means a clean mind.

Continue to Learn

A major part of becoming a successful professional is to learn that you will always learn; it’s a part of developing skills. So, with that in mind, you should actively look for opportunities to grow your skill set. Take a few classes for skills that you can apply to your current job. Or, look towards future aspirations. If you want to be a manager in your office, take leadership classes, if you want to make a transition from graphic design into filmmaking, take some film classes. Or, you can speak to your current employer to see if they’d be willing to pay for classes for you and other coworkers to build crucial skills. The opportunities are out there, you just have to find them.

Try Something New

If you want to be a better professional, then confidence will go a long way. How can you build confidence? Take on a new challenge that scares you. Step out of your comfort zone a bit and try new things and tasks. You’ll learn new things about yourself and you can build confidence in your newfound skills and experience.

It’s only January. There’s plenty of 2019 left to make it the best year possible. At the Opes Group, we constantly look for ways to improve our employees to perform at optimal levels. Good luck, and we hope 2019 is a great year for you all!