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5 work-related resolutions to make in 2024 for a happier life


By Sarah Gill
07th Jan 2024

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5 work-related resolutions to make in 2024 for a happier life

Setting the best of intentions for the New Year? Make sure those extend to your work — and more importantly — your work-life balance.

Each and every year, without fail, we turn our minds to the myriad ways we ought to improve ourselves throughout the 365 days stretching out ahead of us.

Whether it’s seemingly straightforward changes like drinking more water and getting more steps in, or more daunting commitments like quitting smoking and learning a new craft, these resolutions serve as a way for us to give our lives a little appraisal and keep track of our progress as the months fly by.

From short-term goals to ten-year plans, and professional development, it’s only right that career-related resolutions come into the picture too. With many of us still working from home or operating off a hybrid model, perhaps setting boundaries and cultivating a healthy routine is top priority for you this year.

If you want to implement some work-related resolutions for 2024, here are five top suggestions…

Buy a work journal

I realise that picking up a brand new journal-that-will-change-everything is something of a tired stereotype when it comes to the New Year, New Me mindset, but hear me out. While many of us keep track of meetings and appointments in our work diary, jotting down ideas and making notes here and there, very few of us consciously keep a work journal.

Through a dedicated career-related journal, you can become more in tune with the influence your working week has on your mood and overall well-being. In addition to keeping track of day-to-day organisation, you can mull over long-term goals, muse about potential next steps, and think outside the box.

Upskilling

There are few qualities more attractive to an employer than a person who passionately takes initiative. If you’re constantly striving to be the best possible version of yourself, the New Year is a great time to enquire internally about upskilling courses or additional certifications that would enhance your role within the company.

Alternatively, you can take on this commitment outside of office hours. If you’ve always had a passion project on the back burner, why not plant the seeds of a little side hustle this January? Whether it’s engaging your mind in some sort of craft, or taking an online course, the world is your oyster.

Perfect your WFH set-up

Who among us can say with certainty that they are proud of their work from home set-up? My current desk situation involves the absolute bare minimum, and my lower back and overall posture are paying the ultimate price. Whether it’s a laptop stand or a fold away desk, now may be the time to invest in those essentials.

This, of course, also extends to the routine surrounding a day spent working from home. Do you wake up early and ‘get ready’ for work, or do you scurry right to your desk as the clock strikes nine?

Set boundaries

Do you find it difficult to say no when opportunities come up at work? Do you find yourself working through lunch, late into the evening, or while you’re feeling under the weather? Do you find yourself checking emails into the evening, or worrying about meetings into the night?

Now is an ample opportunity to set those personal and professional boundaries, and ensure that a good work-life balance is achievable. Exercise your right to politely decline in situations where saying yes would leave you to the pin of your collar.

Update your CV and portfolio

Last but not least, carve yourself out some time to update your CV and portfolio with all your achievements from the year gone by, and most importantly, continue to do so regularly in 2024.

Even if you’re currently working in your dream job, ensuring that your CV remains up to date will keep your eyeline firmly pointed towards the future. Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) will allow you to fully realise your potential and begin to manifest the next step of your journey.

This article was originally published in January 2023.