Happy 2023! Five resolutions for a new you at work
What a wild ride 2022 has been. As we move into the new year it’s a good time to turn over a new leaf and create some healthy habits. Most of us start each new year with serious life-changing intentions, and then just click snooze. So how about we just focus on a few micro changes. We’ll leave the ones related to working out, food, health, drinks, love, mindfulness, and relationships to you. We’re going to focus on New Year’s resolutions for work. Because, hey, it’s only the place where we spend most of our waking hours of the day….
So, here goes … This year, our resolutions for work are:
1. Be kind
We are going to spread a little joy. Smile at the person next to us in the lift. Wish someone a gorgeous day. Or even bring cake to work to celebrate a team birthday or achievement. Why? Because have you ever noticed how someone smiles back when you do that? And how you walk away just a little bit lighter? Plus you never know what people are going through in their personal lives, and work might be their refuge. Let’s be the change we want to see.
2. Bring lunch
Maybe not every day. Maybe not even once a week. But at least once a month, we’re going to bring our own lunch. Homemade. Salad, rice, fish, or pasta — it doesn’t matter. We’re going to make it and bring it. Because every once in a while we can stop running around like a crazy person and take the time to prepare ourselves a healthy meal that we know we’re going to like. Done and done.
3. Stop checking that site
We all have it. That one page we check throughout the day — whether it’s the New York Times, LinkedIn, the weather, ESPN, or Etsy. Whatever. It’s pure mindsuck. And there’s really no need to check it 5 or 10 times a day. Really. We just need to stop doing that.
4. Have an idea
We’re going to think of something and we’re going to pitch it. Not something we have to do, not anything connected to one of our existing assignments, and not something our manager expects us to do anyhow. We’re going to come up with something new that we want to do and we’re going to pitch it. “Oh, I have an idea I wanted to talk to you about…”
Just like that.
5. Try something new
Yup, we’re going to take a deep breath and move right outside our comfort zone. Perhaps sign-up for one of those work socials or the next cooking workshop. Or maybe it’s time to try out that morning yoga class we’ve been meaning to all last year. You never know, we might make some new work friends or even learn something cool. It all adds up to a more fun work week either way.
That’s it. We could go on about riding our bike to work more or asking for a raise — not bad ideas at all, but we’re going to stick with these for now. And we’re going to do them. 2023, we own you!
Happy New Year All