For most of us, welcoming a new year is embracing a fresh new start. New goals, new dreams, and new projects to look forward to. And while “eating healthier” or “starting the gym” are reasonable goals, we sometimes fail to accomplish them because we focus on the big picture instead of going step by step. 2022 is the perfect time to start working towards the goals that genuinely matter to you not only personally but also on a professional level. If you work remotely, you’ll see how easy it is to balance work and life. You have ample time to work on your new resolutions. Here are 10 new year’s resolutions for work that will inspire and help you to make 2022 your year.
New Year’s Resolutions Ideas: 10 Career Goals for Remote Workers
1. Read a Daily Article Related to Your Profession
Be honest with yourself. Do you make time to upgrade your skills?
On a daily basis, prioritizing learning is challenging with all the projects and tasks because we never have enough time. We live stressed because of the work we have to do. But, learning new skills is not about reading 10 books per week or taking long courses. It can be as simple as reading one article every day about something related to your career.
Whether you’re a writer, a software engineer, a product manager, a designer, or whatever your profession is, there are always new things to learn.
2. Attend Networking Events
Remote networking might be something you don’t have on your radar. While some events can get boring and make you feel you’re losing your time, these can be great professional opportunities to build online relationships. Especially if you own a business and need a boost.
Connecting with the right people at networking events is always beneficial. Studies suggest that networking is one of the key reasons behind the success of 78% of startups (Forbes). It doesn’t always have to be about revenue. If you simply want to meet people in your field, these events are the place to do so. Plus, you never know if you can meet your future employer or a business partner there.
3. Upgrade Your Home Office
When you think of professional resolutions for 2022, things like “doing X course” or “getting X certification” are likely to cross your mind. However, sometimes the simple things have the biggest impact.
If you have been working from home for a while, you’ve likely discovered the importance of good posture or having a second monitor. Work-from-home gadgets can really improve your productivity and health (bad posture), among other things! So make a list of the things you think would help you, and through the year, focus on buying them whenever you can.
4. Learn a New Skill
You can be the greatest in your field, but you’ll stay behind if you don’t upgrade your skills. As a remote worker, you have the opportunity to manage your time and schedule however you want. So, take advantage of this and separate time from your work schedule to learn new skills that can help you in your profession.
The good news is that platforms like Coursera or Skills Success offer a wide range of courses to help you gain those skills from the comfort of your home.
5. Connect More With Your Coworkers
Working remotely has great benefits. You get to work with comfortable clothes (Not Pjs – well, only on certain occasions), have a better work-life balance, take naps, among other things. However, not feeling connected with your coworkers is one of the downsides. This isn’t because of remote work itself, but because most of the time, as everyone is focused on their work, it’s harder to make time to simply connect.
One of your workplace goals for the new year could be to connect more with your coworkers. How? By having more virtual water coolers, using new ways to start meetings that don’t involve work, and asking them more about their lives rather than just work. That way, although you are in different states or countries, you feel closer to one another and supported.
6. Improve Your Social Media Profiles
New year means new opportunities. If you’re looking for a job, one of the first things you need to do is revamp your social media profiles. Most recruiters, when considering candidates, always look for their profiles, mostly on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a picture or it’s blurry, and overall your profile is empty, you have fewer chances than someone with a neat picture and a brief description. So, prioritize making your online profiles attractive for potential hiring managers. You never know all the opportunities that might find you on the internet.
7. Reduce Stress
Stress makes everything go down the hill. When your stress peaks again and again, you can’t even think properly! The worst thing is that we’re so used to feeling stressed that we even normalize it.
“No work” New Year’s resolution will be worth it if you’re always stressed and angry. Prioritize your mental health by learning how to disconnect and shut down work when you have to. Learn how to rest and take breaks, and never forget that work is not your life; it’s just a part of it.
If you’re filled with work and your 8-hour job actually takes 12 hours, you need to evaluate your priorities and sleep should be one of them.
Working and doing your tasks gets harder when you don’t sleep properly or the right amount of time. You feel your eyes are slowly closing, your body is shutting down, but you still have this sense of responsibility that makes you have your computer as an extension of your body. Add sleeping 7-8 hours every night in your list of new year’s resolutions if you want to see these benefits:
- Boost your immune system
- Make your heart stronger
- Increase your productivity
- Improve your mood
- Improve your memory
- Prevent weight gain
9. Build Healthy Habits
Work is important. We all want to have an outstanding professional trajectory and earn money. But, work is not the only thing that matters. Your health and happiness, too, so for this 2022, focus on building healthy eating habits while working from home.
Eating healthy at home is easier than working from an office so take advantage of that. Additionally, make time to exercise and to do the things you enjoy. While being healthy means sleeping the right amount of time, eating food that fuels your body, exercising, it’s also about doing things that make you better.
If you love drawing, painting, watching movies, spending time with your friends and family, always make time for it. Schedule it the same way you schedule your meetings.
10. Visit a New Destination
Think of the new year goal ideas you’ve had during the last few years. Maybe it was visiting Thailand, or going on a trip to Europe. Instead of pushing the date, buy the tickets! Make it happen. You’re a remote worker. You only need a few things to start traveling the world. Take advantage of this opportunity, and go for it.
How to Have a Better Remote Work Year
The best part about being a remote worker is having freedom. 2022 is a year where you can accomplish everything you want; the key is setting goals and clear objectives. While these are a few new years resolution ideas, the purpose of this article is to encourage you to stop for a few minutes and find out what you really want to fulfill in 2022.
Maybe you have a hidden passion or an idea running in your mind lately. Take time to find out what you want to accomplish, and start making your resolution list. Having a great year is not only about seeing what life has to bring to you, but it’s also about grabbing every opportunity and building your future through your present.
At ThinkRemote, we wish you a great remote work year!