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Three professional New Year’s resolutions for success in 2019

How to use the new year as a time to take a step back, evaluate life choices and set new goals.

The new year brings a new beginning, a clean slate and a fresh start. Many use the new year as a time to take a step back, evaluate life choices and set new goals. We have three professional new year’s resolutions to start 2019 off on the right foot.

Waste less time

With Apple’s recent launch of screen time reports, many of us were shocked at the amount of time we spend scrolling on our devices. In fact, the average person in the UK spends more than a day a week online. What could you do with that extra 24 hours a week? Try to limit your time on social media and spend that time doing something you love, getting ahead at work, exercising or learning a new skill (more on that later).

Focus on learning

Take a look at your current skillset and compare it with a job you’d like to have in the future. What are the skills you’re missing? Once you’ve identified where you need to improve, look for training, online courses or conferences you can attend to help you build and improve in this area. If the skill is relevant to your current role, your company may help with costs or even offer internal training as well.

Read more

This resolution will help you in more ways than one. First, reading high quality material will make you a better writer. Reading comprehension and writing skills are some of the most highly-valued skills regardless of role or industry. Second, reading news related to your industry will help you get ahead in your career. Knowing what’s happening in your industry can help you think critically about your job and helps you position yourself as an expert in your field.