It’s pretty normal to spend time every January reflecting on the previous year. You consider what you achieved, what you wish you’d done more (or less) of and how you are going to make this New Year your best year yet. Here are some simple things you can do to set yourself up for a stellar year.
1. Start the Day With a Positive Thought
Your attitude each morning sets the tone for your workday. Starting your day with positive energy and intentions will enable you to make reasonable decisions and allow you to be less affected by challenges that might arise.
2. TRIPLE Check your Work
Because double checking is so 2008. You may expect auto-correct to be your automatic safety net, but that isn’t always the case. Mistakes happen, so make a conscious effort to take that extra few seconds and check your work one more time.
3. Ask How and Why
You’ve probably figured out many of the “how to’s” of your job, but do you have a real understanding of why the process works the way it does? Knowing the “why” behind certain processes will help you troubleshoot any issues and allow you to better complete a task.
4. Jot Down All of Your Ideas
Great ideas sometimes get lost in the abyss, especially if the idea strikes at a random time (before bed, on the subway, while blow drying your hair). Pen and paper may not always be available to you but how about using notes on your cell phone or sending yourself an email? You will never be left wondering how that great idea escaped!
5. Switch up your Work Space
Giving your workspace a facelift from time to time can make a big difference. You spend A LOT of time in your work space so even some fun new decor can give you a fresh outlook and inspiration.
6. Hone your Listening Skills
Let’s face it – you’re constantly multi-tasking which can make it difficult to retain information. Focus on improving your active listening skills so that you can process details in real time and work more efficiently.
7. Learn from your Failures
Don’t view your failures as the opposite of your successes, but rather as a part of your path. When you acknowledge your shortcomings, you can learn and grow from them.