IF YOU want to improve your work and life, then, you’ve got to change something in your work and life. The start of a New Year is the best time to start thinking of what to change, hence, the popularity of New Year’s resolutions.
Here’s a list of ten New Year’s resolutions that people at work may want to consider.
1. Take care of your body. A well-known author once wrote that your body is the only instrument you have to achieve your goals. So, if you don’t take care of it, you will not be able to do the things you want to do in life.
Take time off for exercise, preparing healthy food and medical checkups. Quit smoking, drinking and all the other vices that take their toll on your health.
2. Get out of the debt trap. An employee who retired after 20 years of work found that her retirement pay was just enough to pay all her credit card bills. Employees tend to maintain a certain lifestyle that may be beyond their means. Eating out and clothes raise expenses way beyond the usual take home pay. While you are still earning a regular income, aim to pay all your bills within a certain time frame and stop incurring more.
3. Take the clutter out of your house. People really don’t need much to live a happy, comfortable life. There are many things in your house that you don’t use but others need. Simplify your surroundings and in so doing, you’ll find that you get to simplify your life, too.
4. Learn something new each day. The workplace is constantly changing and people need to acquire new skills to be able to perform their jobs. If you have stopped learning at work, you may soon find yourself retrenched, reorganized or right-sized in other words, jobless. Updating your knowledge and skills enable you to be more competitive in the job market.
5. Spend more time with your loved ones. While Filipinos are generally family-oriented, sometimes the pressures and obligations of work pull away time that you can spend for your family and friends. At the end of the day, however, jobs come and go but family ties remain. And if your relationship with your family has not been nurtured over the years, your retirement years could become very lonely indeed.
6. Help others. In these times of disasters, helping others is something that is most needed. Whatever your situation, you can always help others by giving some amount of money, time or talent.
7. Shine, not whine. When caught in an unpleasant situation, you can always choose: do the best you can to get out of or resolve the problem and come out all the better for it or complain until you sink in the quagmire of the problem. The difference is in one letter; the difference is in one choice.
8. Do things a little bit better everyday. There is always room for improvement. If you are not yet up to par at work, improve your work a bit each day until you reach or even exceed your performance standards. Though excellence is a mountain that may seem too high to climb, getting there can be achieved with one step at a time.
9. Leave judging to the Almighty. Gossip flourishes because people make judgments about other people. When you leave the judging to the Lord, then, there will be no room for spite at work.
10. Pursue your passion. If what you are presently doing does not bring sparkle to your eyes or a lift to your step, then, you are not pursuing your passion or work that you were meant to do. Discover your passion it may be another career worth pursuing or a new hobby that can invigorate your work life.
Here are also some New Year’s resolutions from members of the People at Work Community who answered the question: If you were to just have one goal for next year (or New Year’s resolution) to improve your work and life, what do you think should this goal or New Year’s resolution be?
I have done so many New Year’s Resolution over the past years. But through all the experiences I have been through, I would like to improve my life by drastically mending my relationship with my family. There is one thing I have realized when my Mommy died last May that whatever relationship you had with your family, whether good or bad, you will miss them when they are gone. I don’t want to wait for that time, losing a family member before showering them with love, appreciating them and showing that you really care and most of all, saying how you love them. I believe that if my relationship with my family is in its right perspective, this will greatly affect my work for the better. Melody C. Torres, 34, IT Services Manager, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc.
The goal would be to plan the whole week every Sunday and adjust my meetings and tasks every night before I sleep. This will cause a tremendous improvement on my work and life since it will make me more efficient and effective in the use of my time. Plus, it will give me peace of mind and a stronger sense of purpose knowing that I have laid the work of the week/ day. Unfortunately, even if aided with the latest gizmos, I was not able to do such this year. May this be my main goal for 2005. Gerald S. Magtoto, 26, Head Corporate Communications, Planning, Research and Development Department, Cocoplans
My New Year’s resolution at work is, of course, to do better at work. I will organize and plan ahead my various assignments and tasks so as not to be pressured with deadlines! I will take steps to improve my relationship with my co-workers because I’m always with them most of the time in a day and they are indispensable! I will see to it that my work will not only be good enough but excellent! And above all I will make God the center of both aspects of my life, personal and professional. Paolo Angelo C Florenda
Go for better health Camil Chua, 50, Training consultant, FERN, Inc.
It has been a habit for me to write down New Year’s resolutions every year. Unfortunately, I always see myself derailed from what I have originally planned. Thus, for this year I intend to just set short-term goals and decide what I really want in every area of my personal and career life. My past experiences taught me that I really couldn’t hit a target I cannot see. Just finish each day and be done with it, one step at a time. No need for big promises just a small one can produce. Big results later. Roy Philipp Teh San Radoc, 25, HR Officer, RCBC Savings Bank
Author: Regina Galang Reyes. First published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer January 2, 2005.
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