Those of us who enjoyed a break over the Christmas/New Year period know that going back to work in the new year is difficult. But it's actually the best time to take action and get things done, after having some time to regroup, refresh and think about what you want out of your job. So here are the eight top things you can do to start the year off strong:
Review the past year
Reassess what you have done in the past year, recognising your own successes and failures to build from there on. Make the necessary changes for 2014 so you don't repeat mistakes but improve where you can.
Set objectives for the New Year
Base your goals for the year ahead on the review you've done of the previous year. Although you've already thought about how you plan to develop your career, now is the time to decide what you want to do and start taking action
Prioritise clearly and effectively
Know exactly what is most important, what needs to be done and in what order. It will save you time and energy.
Be more flexible for your employer
You'll find that it's a lot easier to get ahead at work when you become more available and flexible to suit your job. Be open to new ideas and try new ways of doing things and take suggestions from colleagues or supervisors on board.
Touch base with your network
When you get back to the office, check in with clients, coworkers and associates to let them know you're back from holidays and wish them a happy new year.
Make new friends
Make a point of expanding your circle of friends in the new year. Networking is all about having people who know you, like you, and trust you to do a good job. And the more friends you have, the wider your career prospects are.
Do something different
If you feel like you've been doing the same thing over and over again for too long, it's time to take on something new. It could be language classes, volunteer work or a course you've been interested in for a while. This is a great time to shake up your routine.
Address any personal issues
Be sure to keep an eye on the important things such as your health, family and friends. If you've been neglecting these, it's time to jump back on track and make sure you resolve these problems in the new year. You'll be more likely to succeed in your career when your personal life is in order too.
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