2020 is finally over, and it seems that most people are very happy about that. The last year bought huge change for so many people, especially when it came to work. From furlough to pay cuts and layoffs, many adults struggled with their careers. So if you want to prioritize your career this year, we totally understand… in fact, we’d like to help.
One great way to succeed with your career in 2021 is by setting career resolutions. This is a great way to boost your career in a short amount of time, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to work overtime.
Here are five career resolutions for 2021.
1. Career Resolutions For 2021: Update Your LinkedIn
Lots of people put off updating their LinkedIn as it seems like a dull, time-consuming and unpaid task, but in reality it is well worth the effort. More and more businesses are recruiting employees passively, so a great LinkedIn could mean a new job offer – and being active on LinkedIn will also make it easier for you to find valuable new contacts that could benefit your career later down the line.
2. Be Mindful
Mindfulness allows you to exist in the present, so you aren’t worrying about the future or dwelling on past decisions. This will reduce your stress levels and enhance your creativity, but that isn’t all; mindfulness also allows you to step back from your situation so that you can make better decisions.
There are lots of ways to practice mindfulness daily; you could meditate for 15 minutes each morning, or you could try breathing exercises when you start to feel stressed. This will help to ground you in the moment so you can see more clearly.
3. Prioritise A Healthy Work Environment
If you really want to succeed with your career, you must prioritise a healthy work environment. If you are lucky enough to already have a good work-life balance, a great team and a job that inspires you, congratulations! But if you are struggling with toxic employees, being overworked or another work stress, it may be time to think about how you can better your work environment. Maybe you could speak to your boss about changing teams or cutting down hours, or maybe it would be best to resign and move to a better company. Either way, it is very important to find a company that values you!
4. Look For A Mentor
There are lots of benefits to finding a career mentor. One study found that people who have mentors have increased motivation and a better attitude, and they also tend to have more successful careers. It isn’t always easy finding the perfect mentor, but don’t worry if you don’t know anyone in person; there are lots of websites that can connect you with a mentor.
5. Listen And Read More
Finally it could be useful to dedicate one or two hours a week to listening and reading more. There are thousands of self and professional development podcasts and websites online; the only thing you need to do is find them! If you’re not sure where to start, we suggest watching a short Ted talk every other day, or finding a weekly podcast to tune in to.