Get set up for success in 2023 with these simple steps!
As we get ready to enter 2023, there can be a lot of pressure to return to work motivated, organised and refreshed. But instead of setting a long list of unrealistic goals, it’s much more attainable to make small adjustments that can help you be more productive in the long-run.
Whether you’re starting a brand-new role or returning to your usual office, there are lots of simple yet effective ways to get your head in the game, so you can start the new year set up for success.
Before we get into some top tips, it’s important to remember that everyone can get into a slump at work and feel unmotivated at times. So take a breather when you need to and you can always come back to these steps when you’re ready for a refresh!
1. Look for the good
Many times, we find ourselves feeling not good enough at work when in reality we are probably our own worst critics. Before returning to the office, take some time to think about all the milestones and progress you have already made. Have your work colleagues or clients given you some positive feedback, or did you actually get through that week that seemed impossible at the time? What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Shifting your focus to good comments and achievements can make a huge difference to your confidence in work.
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2. Get moving
Although it may be tempting to leave exercise until January, it’s a good idea to start moving your body before the new year. Even if it’s just a daily walk or a regular yoga class, it will make a huge difference to your mind and can have you feeling less stressed when you return to work.
When you do get back to the office, keep it up by taking the stairs or going a step further by joining a gym or starting a workout routine that fits your goals.
3. Visualise your goals
If you have some specific goals in mind when it comes to your career, stay on track by making a list or a vision board that you can see every day! It may sound cliché, but research shows that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. Getting your goals onto paper will not only help your mind feel more clear, but you can also organise a timeline for when you can achieve your goals both short and long-term.
One thing not to do is to set too many unrealistic goals and tackle them all at once which will quickly result in burnout and disappointment! Don’t expect to be able to switch career paths and complete a new course all within the first month of the year. Instead, set mini goals to get to your main goals - whether that’s fixing up your CV for the first few weeks or browsing job openings once a week to get you started.
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When returning to work, make an effort to communicate more with your team and manager. This can be about your work tasks, new ideas, or how you’re feeling in general. Starting back with clear communication will help you feel more comfortable in the office and allow you to build supportive relationships within your team.
Chatting about your progress will give you a better indication that you’re on the right track and weekly conversations about your thoughts and ideas can spark excitement and motivation - while ensuring you and you’re team are on the same page!
5. Get inspired
To start the new year feeling motivated, look for inspiration outside of yourself. This could be as simple as starting a new podcast or perhaps following successful people in your industry on social media. Think about the type of content you consume daily online – does this make you feel motivated and inspired? If not, it may be time to refresh your following with some new accounts, spice it up a bit by broadening your horizons.
Even if it’s within your circle or team at work, think about who inspires you whether it’s their work ethic or where they are in their career. Inspiration is all around and once you start noticing, this can motivate you to work towards your own version of success.
6. Dress for success
How you dress may sound like an insignificant detail but believe it or not, it’s a simple step that can start your day off on the right track! Have an outfit that makes you feel confident? Wear it on your first day back at the office so you’re feeling fresh and motivated to meet your goals.
This also applies if you work remotely, especially when working from home can make it super easy to stay in your PJs all day (we’re all guilty of it!) which can often lead to a downward slump. We’re not saying work is a fashion show by any means, but try dressing in a way that makes you feel professional and you’ll notice a lift in your mood and how colleagues approach you.
7. Learn a new skill
One way to build your confidence in the new year is by picking up a new skill. It doesn’t have to be directly linked to work, just something to remind you that you can grow and progress in anything you choose when you put your mind to it. Maybe you want to go out of your comfort zone and try public speaking or start a new course to learn more about the industry you’re working in? It could even be taking up a new sport or hobby or learning to play a musical instrument. Sure, you might not be great at first but your confidence will grow as you feel yourself get better in time!
Remember, don’t feel under pressure to be perfect for the new year. Making small adjustments and steps toward your goals can help you grow steadily and keep your productivity up for the months ahead!