USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis explains how to boost morale and be happy at work. USA TODAY
Many people use the new year as an opportunity for self-improvement. They take a look at what they want to fix in their lives and make a resolution to do better.
In many cases, those resolutions are personal. People resolve to lose weight or to spend more time with their families.
But you can also use the turning of the calendar as an opportunity to improve your work life as well. There are many ways to do that, and even if you’re an excellent performer, there’s always room to grow.
That doesn’t always mean pledging to work harder or to learn some new skill. Sometimes it’s about what you can do outside the workplace to get better at your job.
The how is as important as the what
Jason Hall: Millions of people will make resolutions this coming New Year. Unfortunately, only a bare few will manage to accomplish what they resolve to do. There are a few reasons why this is the case, but the biggest one is that we don’t come up with a specific goal or think through the steps it will take to reach that goal. In other words, we say we’ve resolved to do something, but we fail to plan how we will do it.
So, using my work resolution for 2018 — to earn more money — as an example, an effective resolution might look like this.
As a writer, my income is a direct result of how much I write. My goal is to increase my income by at least 15% in 2018, which, in essence, means I need to write 15% more articles. Based on my past history of productivity, I expect that if I increase my writing time by 10%, while also reinstituting some writing habits that have worked well for me in the past, I will be able to increase my output by my target amount.