It’s that time of year where we often make New Year’s resolutions, and if we are honest with ourselves there are probably some resolutions we should be making in the work place. But, I think the word resolution is overused and scary so allow me to offer a different perspective.
At work, I use sticky notes to jot down important things that I want to keep at the forefront of my mind. A bright piece of paper I can stick to the wall or my desk and reference every day, multiple times a day. For me, sticky notes are workplace lifesavers. So instead of making resolutions, let’s make work New Year’s sticky note commitments. Here is a list of six sticky note commitments you can make today.
1. Ask for a raise: It sounds scary and taboo, but ask and you may receive. Evaluate your worth and do a little bit of research so you can make a reasonable ask. Be bold!
2. Volunteer to be project manager: Fear of failure can be crippling, but you may find that when you step up to the plate you can achieve more than you thought. Your boss will take notice, and your coworkers will respect you as a leader.
3. Take your vacation time: You earned it, so take it. What are you waiting for?
4. Buy new work clothes or shoes: What you wear affects your confidence. If you are lacking confidence at work, consider buying yourself a new “power outfit”. When you look the part, you are more likely to act the part.
5. Work out over your lunch break: My husband’s office has a gym and he says it never gets used. Take advantage of workplace gyms. Even if you just take a short walk around the building you will be doing yourself a favor.
6. Eat out less and pack your lunch more: It’s so easy to grab fast food while you are at the office, but think of the money and the calories you could save by packing your lunch.
Grab your sticky notes, it’s a new year, and it’s your time!
This blog post is written by Lauren Brune. Lauren is a Fort Wayne transplant from Tipp City, Ohio. She moved here in 2015 after graduating from Ohio Northern University where she studied communications and public relations. She works at LEARN Resource Center in New Haven as the Communications and Special Events Coordinator.