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New Year, New You

Updated: May 5, 2023

Five rows of white arrows pointing down and one yellow arrow arcing up painted on a wall beside a person writing on the wall.

Is it time for a fresh start at work, a new approach to your professional life? There are many reasons you might want a change in your work life. Perhaps you’re not feeling as passionate as you used to, or feel like you’re stuck in place, or lost. Or maybe you just aren’t feeling happy in your current position. While changing jobs is always an option, so too is reinventing yourself, finding a new way to help you achieve productivity and happiness in the new year.

Get a Fresh Perspective:

Not only does your physical appearance and workspace affect your mood and productivity, it also influences the way you are perceived by others.

Reorganizing your office and equipment, updating your hairstyle, or adding some new outfits to your wardrobe can go a long way to improving your confidence and happiness.

As points out, these types of changes can make a big difference whether you stay in your current job or ultimately decide to look for new opportunities.

Seek Out Growth:

When you’re feeling unhappy or unfulfilled at work, it may be time to take a step back and ask what drew you to your job in the first place.

What parts of your current position make you feel passionate and excited?

If there are tasks and responsibilities that energize you, talk to your supervisor about taking on those types of responsibilities… this is generally a win-win! For the parts that are less enjoyable, consider if and how delegating or changing responsibilities may help. Additionally, focus on professional development. Attend conferences or consider joining organizations within your field. Advocate for yourself! The only one who knows what you want is you, at least until you talk to your supervisor.

Negate Negativity:

The impact of negativity at work can be way bigger than you might think, and it’s very possible that a large part of your problem might be your own attitude. If you find yourself gossiping or complaining at work, or even about work, you might be trapping yourself in an attitude of negativity. No job is perfect, but wasting time stewing and perseverating about minor downsides and setbacks can make mountains out of molehills. Some complaining is healthy, but do you know what’s more effective?

Finding reasons to be grateful for your job and the experiences you are afforded through it… and if you can’t, it might be time to move on.

As we move forward in 2022, we all have an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Whether that means seeking out new opportunities or making the most of your current ones, don’t let this chance go to waste!


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