We're only 8 days in. Resolutions are still OK to talk about, right? Most of us focus on personal stuff but there are three important changes we can strive for at work that make our paid hours more impactful (and dare I say, pleasant?) If you're anything like me, there is about to be some openings where run more, save more, and sleep more used to live. Consider adding the following resolutions to your list.
- Be a connector. Internally or externally it doesn't matter. Opportunities come up all the time to make a warm introduction that will benefit someone in their professional pursuits. This isn't just about new jobs or new business but more about helping people within your circles broaden their horizons and hear another perspective or lesson learned from someone else who's been in their snow boots.
- Curate your own commentary. We all have a running internal dialog filled with reactions and ideas. Some are more practiced than others at filtering what comes out. Curating your own commentary means only jumping in with input that moves the conversation forward. When time is limited (and it always is) unnecessary examples and amplification irritate and waste time.
- End office drama. Nothing crushes productivity and morale like office drama-- and most office drama is manufactured. Even the most inane issues can become super distracting if allowed to grow or continuously flow. Ending the drama means avoiding talking about anyone not present, firing or reassigning staff quickly when needed (if you're in charge), and helping colleagues balance two beliefs-- our work is important and it's all going to be ok.
Happy New Year!