Five personal and professional New Year resolutions

By Kat Jennings

Despite 37 per cent of Canadians who didn’t make resolutions in 2018, 32 per cent of those who did, kept their resolutions for the entire year, according to an Office Pulse survey of business professionals. As we move into 2019, it’s time to make new resolutions for the coming year, and while some may fail, others will last so it’s always favourable to have a plan. Whether you want to make resolutions for a more healthy 2019 or to make changes in your career, start by devising realistic goals to keep you on the right path and dedicate yourself to for boosting a new chapter in your life.

Taking your career to the next level

If you’re looking to change your job, want a promotion or pay rise then now is the time to move to the next level. With 47 per cent of Canadian employees not being happy with their job roles, according to a survey undertaken by Hays Canada, it pays to consider how you can further your profession and make life more fulfilling. Start with small steps such as structuring your CV which reflects your chosen occupation by using a resume template for help or brushing up on interview techniques to enhance your experience. Your chances of getting a job interview will be higher with the right approach.

Learn a new skill

Think about what you’re good at or enjoy doing and build on this by learning how to be better doing it. Whether you choose to focus on personal or professional development, signing up for a course or attending a local club in the North Thompson will go a long way to improving self confidence to help master effortless style. Additionally, having a new expertise is likely to open the door to new opportunities and make a more accomplished resume.

Meet new people

Winter time always brings about spending more time indoors but an inspiring resolution would be to get out there and meet new people. Start participating more in local events and engaging with new relationships, either socially or in the workplace, to keep you connected and make new friends at the same time. Making new acquaintances isn’t as difficult as you might think, just change a few daily habits to your usual routine.

Be less stressed

It’s all too easy to get stressed out with life but by staying calm you’ll be more prepared to make better decisions and handle situations in a more manageable way. Feeling the pressure from being stressed will not only impede on your goals, but can also cause havoc to your health and overall contentment with life. Resolve to find other ways to reduce the stress in your life through meditation, taking long walks or going to the gym.

Be more supportive

Being available to listen and show empathy to those around you is never a bad thing so being ready for it when asked will ensure loyalty and improved attitude all round. Whether you’re a manager or a spouse, giving support to people around you will ultimately help you be a happier Canadian with a sense of purpose for making solid relationships, both personally and professionally. Plus, others are likely to step up and help you when you need it in return.

Now that the new year is here, consider the things you can improve on which relate to your personal life and your professional one.

This way, you’re sure to have a rewarding and triumphant 2019.

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