I know, this is a well-worn topic this month: the New Year’s Resolution. But every year I find it interesting how excited we (collectively) get about starting fresh, how the prospect of a new year (a year similar in many ways to the year preceding it, and the year to follow) gets us energized and ready to make changes that on, say, December 31 seemed unreachable. I’ve had my share of resolutions—and hey, I even stuck to a few of them!—but often I fall into the camp that believes if you really want something, or want to improve or change yourself, you won’t wait until January 1st to do it. Still, we all need a little motivation, and if believing that the rest of the world is improving themselves—at least according to their Facebook profiles—is the motivation you need to get the job done, so be it.
Here’s my question: does anyone have any work-related New Year’s Resolutions? Are they all about losing weight or running a marathon or quitting smoking—or are some of them about improving your professional experience, networking more, attending more events, or winning an award? Why is it that we tend to stick so closely to personal, aesthetic goals this time of year? Perhaps it’s because we tend to focus more on professional goals throughout the year anyway, forgoing the personal objectives because they’re seen as more self-serving or less important? Or perhaps it’s just easier to jump on the “eat less chocolate” bandwagon.
Either way, I’d love to hear your professional resolutions, if you have one.