Emma reflects on the new year and the time for resolutions.
January is seen as the time for resolutions, meaning a promise to ourselves, whether that be to do or not do something. For many, this may be in their personal life, for instance, to eat less chocolate or to do more exercise (I won’t be doing either of those), but they can also be related to work.
My resolution this year is to be more positive. We all know how difficult positivity was in 2021, with lockdowns and uncertainty in the air. But for 2022 I’m going to be even more positive! Well, I’ll at least give it my best shot. I don’t just mean positive in terms of COVID, but at work and in my personal life too. It’s all too easy to let life get on top of you and hold you down. But instead of standing under the clouds, I believe it’s a great opportunity to step out into the light and look at everything from a new perspective. Look at feedback as a chance for improvement, the possibility of another lockdown, (ever fading), as time to recharge and spend it with family.
17 January is seen as the day most people fail, or ditch their New Year’s resolutions, but it only takes 21 days to form a new habit. Why give up when you’re doing so well. We’ve just got to last on a little longer and persevere with the goals we’ve set ourselves. A change of mindset may help it to stick around, even if it’s a little longer. I’m going to set myself the goal of achieving the one month mark, as for me, small, more achievable steps are much more successful.
Whilst deciding what resolution I would take up this year, I decided to see what others were doing. Some particular ones stood out to me, to name a few: not checking work emails on your days off, being more environmentally friendly, keeping in touch with those who matter to you, the list goes on… If you need some inspiration why not look here, as it’s never too late to start.
Resolution has many meanings, but one that resonates with me is resolution in the terms of determination. You can tackle a problem by showing great resolution. Maybe you can look at the opportunity for a New Year’s resolution as the opportunity to start 2022 with a new mindset. A tougher, braver side of yourself, which is definitely needed in these on-going difficult times.
Check out our top tips for some work-related resolution ideas.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?