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Personal and Professional Goals to Keep You Going This 2022

By Alyanna Silvestre
Published December 29, 2021

It's that time of the year again! Have you got a brand new New Year's resolution yet to look forward to?

Yup, New Year's resolutions are still a thing. I mean, it's a new beginning, so who wouldn't want to build a better version of themselves, right? May it be by getting in shape, being deserving of that much-awaited promotion, or being a more present friend and family member. The catch, however, remains: it is not a one-time thing. It's not something that you ditch once the glow of a fresh new year wears off. It takes time, and that's mainly why most resolutions fail, but yours doesn't have to be among those in the coming year because, lucky for you, that's where we come in! There's already a bunch of generic or unmeasurable goals out there to keep you optimistic about the year ahead as an individual, so in this article, we'll take a different route by bringing a list of attainable, realistic changes you can make to help your personal and professional growth.

Try to stay organized

Have you enjoyed order and peace this year, or were you among those who often spend time looking for things in a workspace filled with unorganized stacks of unnecessary items? Well, whatever the case, now's the best time to take some weight off of your shoulders and take steps toward becoming more organized (and professional). Almost everyone wishes to be more organized, but it isn't enough to just want it. So take the new year as a fresh reason to start over and do something other than wanting it. Make it real and try to keep things in order—just like how you attempted the previous years—but this time, take it slow and start small. Keeping yourself and your stuff organized not only increases your productivity and efficiency at work but also aids in quelling anxiety and stress. Here's a couple of simple goals that are easy to follow to help you keep things in check and order at work:

 1. Stop being late, even (or especially) if you work remotely.

 2.  Clean up your office desk or work from home office space of unnecessary and distracting items (and keep it that way).

 3. Create a simple file system for your digital and physical documents for you to sort them out easier.

 4. Establish simple routines unusual to you, such as decluttering your email inbox regularly, updating your calendar weekly, keeping tabs on your sticky notes, and tracking your progress every so often.

 5. Always put things you used—e.g., a pen, a sticky note, a borrowed file—back to how and where you found them.

    Find ways to improve yourself

    As you know, most people's resolutions are centered on self-improvement. That's the very essence of a New Year's resolution—to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, to reset and be better—a personal road map, if you may. And here's a few must-haves in your list to help you achieve that growth:

     1. Learn a new skill—something incredibly foreign to you or one that you've always wanted to get your hands on—to add to your resume.

     2. Improve a couple of your other existing skills.

     3. Make an effort to connect with other professionals to expand your network and learn a thing or two from different perspectives.

     4. Be open to outside opportunities instead of turning down offers you haven't reviewed or checked yet.

     5. Challenge yourself by taking on new duties you would have normally avoided.

     6. Read a good career development book or two. If that's not your cup of tea, inspirational documentaries and motivational speeches can also make you think and rethink.

      Learn to take a break

      You probably have a few more ideas to add to your list by now, but don't forget that this is for you and not just the professional you, so cut yourself some slack. The previous years have been quite eventful that it has been easy for many to forget about their wellbeing, and with that, we all deserve a little downtime every now and then. Unfortunately, some people just can't let loose, often finding themselves working yet again and all serious all the time. To help you out, try to include these simple good-for-you goals. You'll thank yourself later for doing so.

       1. Get more sleep.

       2. Create a healthy (and not rushed) morning routine.

       3. Pick a new hobby to serve as an outlet and keep you on track with continuous learning and growing.

       4. Make time for your loved ones.

       5. Set a time to unplug.

        And that’s about it. I told you it was simple because, really, the key to keeping your resolution is by making it achievable and realistic. Let us know if you find this helpful or if you have any suggestions. We’d be glad to hear from you!