Simplifying Your Professional Resolutions For 2018
With the holidays behind us, ‘tis the season to reflect on wish lists for the new year. Many people resolve to make personal changes, like losing weight or dropping a bad habit. Setting professional resolutions for yourself or your business can be empowering, as well. For busy executives, the challenge often lies in finding the time and maintaining the focus necessary to achieve their goals throughout the year. Instead of saddling yourself with an ambitious list of resolutions, consider adopting a few simple ideas that can enable you to become more productive and successful in 2018.
Engage Your Employees
It’s easy to create your own action plans for achieving business objectives and then present those plans to your team or organization. However, soliciting input from your employees and involving them in the decision-making process enables you to source a wider range of possible solutions and develop a more informed strategy. Not to mention that involving employees in the process is a great way to demonstrate the valued role they play and help drive engagement, which is likely to have a positive impact on their individual performance as well as the achievement of your professional objectives.
Less Email, More Face-to-Face
There is a growing tendency in business to communicate electronically, particularly by email, and it’s easy to see why—it’s quick, efficient, and easy to use. However, research shows electronic communication may not always be as successful compared to face-to-face interaction. Not surprisingly, we often communicate more effectively in person, where the intent of our words can be more fully conveyed through the added use of tone, facial expression, and body language. Not to mention that face-to-face communication helps foster more personal connections with people. Consider making face-to-face time with your team members and customers an important part of your professional interactions this year.
Practice Work-Life Balance
We derive a sense of fulfillment from being able to enjoy all of life’s moments—big and small. As such, our professional satisfaction is enhanced by the satisfaction we experience in our personal lives. It stands to reason that a blueprint for professional success should be part of a larger blueprint for your life that includes the things you want to achieve outside of business, such as spending more quality time with friends and family or investing more time in yourself to pursue personal interests. For busy professionals, achieving a work-life balance can be easier said than done when faced with hectic travel schedules, unexpected projects, revised work deadlines, and the seeming deluge of emails that inundate your phone. Making a conscious decision to take time to unplug from work isn’t easy, but it’s important to helping maintain a sense of balance in your life. Furthermore, dedicating time to personal life goals and interests can help offset the often stressful demands that come with professional obligations. Studies show that many health-related issues can be tied to stress in the workplace. Practicing work-life balance gives yourself a break from that stress and can be the beginning of an all-around healthier and more satisfying life.
And speaking of being healthier, putting your personal health on the back burner is an equal opportunity habit—we’ve all done it at some point. For many professionals, it can be a default position. If you find yourself falling into this category, make 2018 the year you get involved with your health. Make appointments with your doctors for check-ups and screenings, and tell them about anything that may be bothering you from physical issues to emotional and mental concerns. You have to take care of yourself before you can focus on taking care of your family or managing your business and employees.
Here’s to 2018! May it be a year filled with success and joy.