The last month of each and every year, everywhere you go, you hear people talking about their New Year’s resolutions. Soon it will be a starting line of conversation. Okay, we might be exaggerating a little but all this over thinking about resolutions can be stressful, and even intimidating. Though, there are some tricks to help you achieve those goals and elevate yourself in your field of work.

Do Something You Love

What if someone asked you “Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day"? People who can affirmatively answer that, are more likely to be happy and productive at work. That was actually a conclusion which came out of a huge amount of interviews with managers. The interviews were taken on behalf of Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman of the Gallup organization (will this study be imbedded?), for a massive in-depth study.

Something Just for You

Find time for yourself and do things that give you satisfaction and a feeling of fulfillment. Most of us have a very busy schedule, which sometimes make us forget about our personal needs. After all, you have to work with people all day and then you return home and have to dedicate your time to your loved ones. This of course can be enjoyable, but sometimes it can also be tiring. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You can make time for yourself if you need it. All you need to be is a bit creative and flexible – And remember, there’s no shame in wanting a little “me time”.

Give Yourself Credit

The above mentioned Gallup study, also found that people who had received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days, were more happy and productive. Interaction like these, most probably are not a very common, everyday thing. Not because you don’t deserve it but most likely because your manager or boss, are pre-occupied with their own work and responsibilities. Therefore, it’s even more important to recognize your own skills and feel good about your efforts. You can accomplish this by keeping a file of positive notes, thank you letters, and reminders of your successful ventures.

Keep Learning  

Set a goal to learn something new every new week or at least every month. Read an interesting new article, discuss a new approach with a colleague or research what’s new in your line of work. The opportunities for learning are multiplying every day in this information era we live in. Constant knowledge keeps you informed and helps you improve.

Professional Courage

Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone. Speak for yourself, and express your opinion in public when you have something that you strongly believe in. Politely, concisely, and professionally state your opinion. Speaking for yourself gets easier after you've broken through your self-imposed barriers the first time or two. 

Track your To-Do List

Using a planner allows you to empty much of the daily detail from your mind, whether it's Microsoft Office Outlook, Google Calendar, or an app on your smartphone.

Get used to using such apps – or even going old-school and using a pocketbook and pen – in an effort to free up space in your head, and to keep yourself in check and on point with every task.

Laugh More

Being successful at work, doesn’t demand to always be serious. Take time to laugh! You might already be aware of this this…When we laugh, our brain releases endorphins and serotonin, hormones well known for their beneficial effects like the sense of relaxation and well-being. This can make you happy and more willing to work even more. In other words, smile when you hear stories about what your “crazy” employees are doing after hours. You don't have to be the mom or dad figure all the time. Enjoy them for their little quirks and differences. Appreciate the different strengths, skills, and experiences they bring to work.

Make it Happen

Stick to the new resolutions and promises you have made. Don’t just write them down and bury them in a desk drawer. Keep them somewhere that you are able to see every day, to act as a reminder.