Wide Impact
Dr. Salam Slim Saad
By Dr. Salam Slim Saad

We’re only a few weeks into the new year, and it’s time to check in on those resolutions. Are you still sticking to that workout routine? How about that diet? Hopefully you’re still going strong, but if not, don’t worry—we’ve all been there. But what about your work resolutions? If you’re like most people, you probably didn’t make any. And even if you did, they were probably along the lines of “be more productive” or “get a promotion.” But what about resolutions that will actually make you happy at work? Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions that will do just that. From taking more breaks to speaking up more often, these are small changes you can make that will have a big impact on your happiness at work.

1- Get To Know Your Co-Workers

If you’re like most people, you spend more time with your co-workers than anyone else. Yet, many of us don’t really know the people we work with. Take the time to get to know your co-workers this year and you’ll be happier and more productive as a result.

Think about what you have in common with your co-workers. Do you share any hobbies or interests? What about family life? Do you have kids the same age? Pets? These are all great conversation starters that can help you get to know your co-workers better.

Don’t forget to ask about their professional lives as well. What are their career goals? How did they end up in their current role? What do they like (and dislike) about their job? Asking these kinds of questions will help you understand your co-workers better and give you insight into how best to work together.

Finally, make an effort to socialize outside of work. Invite your co-workers to happy hour or out for lunch. Go see a movie or concert together. The more time you spend together, the stronger your bond will be – and that’s good for both your happiness and your work life.

2- Make Time For Yourself

We all know that working hard is important, but in order to be truly happy and fulfilled at our jobs, it’s essential to make time for ourselves. Whether it’s taking a few minutes each day to meditate or going for a longer walk on our lunch break, carving out time to do things that make us feel good is crucial.

In addition to making time for personal activities, it’s also important to set boundaries with work. If we’re constantly available and never say no to additional assignments, we’ll quickly become overwhelmed and stressed. Learning to say no politely but firmly is an important skill to have if we want to maintain a healthy balance between our professional and personal lives.

3- Find A Work-Life Balance That Works For You

It can be difficult to find a work-life balance that works for you, but it is important to find one that makes you happy. There are a few things you can do to find a balance that works for you.

First, take a look at your schedule and see where you can make some changes. Maybe you can wake up earlier to get a head start on your work day, or work later into the evening so you can have more time for yourself during the day.

Second, try to set aside some time each day for yourself. This time can be used for anything you want, whether it’s reading, taking a walk, or just taking some time to relax.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. If you’re struggling to find a balance, they may be able to offer some advice or help out with childcare or other tasks so you can have some free time.

4- Set Realistic Goals

When it comes to setting goals for the new year, it’s important to be realistic. You may have big dreams and aspirations for the year ahead, but if they’re not realistic, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Instead of aiming for the stars, set goals that are achievable and will make you happy in your work life. Here are some examples:

  • Get organized: If you’re constantly feeling frazzled and like you can’t keep on top of things, this is a great goal to set. Spend some time each week decluttering your desk, your email inbox, and your to-do list. This will help you feel more in control and less stressed.
  • Take on a new challenge: If you’re feeling bored or unchallenged at work, set yourself a goal to take on a new project or task that is outside of your comfort zone. This will help you stay engaged and motivated in your job.
  • Make time for breaks: It’s important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically when you’re working long hours. One way to do this is to make sure you take regular breaks throughout the day. Step away from your desk for a few minutes every hour or so to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, or just take a break from work altogether. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

5- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

If you’re struggling to keep up with your workload or feel like you’re constantly behind, it’s okay to ask for help. Your coworkers will be more than happy to lend a hand if they can, and your boss will appreciate that you’re proactive about getting things done.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it – it’s the best way to get things done and stay on top of your work. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak or incapable, it just means you’re taking charge of your own happiness and success at work. So go ahead and ask for help when you need it, and make this year your best one yet!

6- Take Care Of Your Physical And Mental Health

Your physical and mental health are inextricably linked, so it’s important to take care of both your body and your mind. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are all crucial to maintaining your health.

In addition to taking care of your physical health, it’s also important to take care of your mental health. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, talk to someone who can help, whether that’s a therapist, a friend, or a family member. It’s also important to find ways to relax and de-stress, whether that’s through yoga, meditation, or simply taking a few deep breaths.

By taking care of your physical and mental health, you’ll be setting yourself up for success in the new year.

7- Take A Break When You Need It

It’s important to take a break when you need it in order to stay happy at work. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, step away from your work for a few minutes and take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, grab a coffee, or just take a few deep breaths. It’s important to listen to your body and give yourself the time you need to recharge.

8- Learn Something New

We all know that learning something new can make us feel happier and more fulfilled at work. But what are some specific things you can do to make sure you’re always learning and growing in your career?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Make a point to learn something new every day. Whether it’s reading an industry article, taking a online course, or shadowing a colleague, commit to expanding your knowledge base on a daily basis.
  • Join or start a professional development group. This is a great way to network with like-minded individuals and learn from each other.
  • Attend conferences and workshops related to your field. Not only will you gain valuable insights, but you’ll also have the opportunity to meet people from all over the country (or even the world!) who are passionate about what they do.
  • Keep a journal of your professional journey. Writing down your thoughts and experiences is not only cathartic, but it can also help you reflect on your progress and set future goals.
  • Be open to change. Embrace new technologies, processes, and methods – even if they’re outside of your comfort zone. Change can be scary, but it’s often necessary for growth.

9- Be More Organized

The first step to being happier at work is to get yourself more organized. This means creating a system for tracking your tasks and responsibilities and sticking to it. One way to do this is to use a day planner or online calendar to keep track of what you need to do each day. This can help you stay on top of deadlines and avoid forgetting important tasks. Another way to be more organized is to declutter your workspace and create a system for storing your materials and supplies. This will help you feel less stressed and more in control of your environment. Lastly, make sure to take some time each week to review your progress and plan for the week ahead. This will help you stay on track and make adjustments as needed.

10- Have Fun!

  • Make a point to have fun every day: It’s easy to get bogged down in the grind of work, but it’s important to make a point of enjoying yourself every day. Find ways to break up the monotony and inject some fun into your workday. Whether it’s playing music in your office, taking a walk outside during your lunch break, or simply chatting with co-workers about non-work topics, making time for fun will help you stay happy at work.
  • Find something you’re passionate aboutIf you’re not passionate about your work, it can be hard to find happiness in it. But if you can find something that you’re passionate about within your job, it can make all the difference. Maybe there’s a particular project you’re working on that you’re really excited about, or maybe there’s a cause you care deeply about that you can support through your work. Identifying what makes you feel good about your job can help you stay happy even when things are tough.

    So there you have it — our top New Year’s resolutions to make yourself happy at work. We hope that these tips will help you start the year off on a positive note and set you up for success in the months to come. Remember, your happiness at work is ultimately up to you, so resolve to make this year your best one yet!

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