The new year is here and with it comes the promise of new resolutions and goals!

When you’re setting resolutions at work, it’s all about being honest with yourself and what you’re capable of. Setting resolutions that you can’t stick to will simply result in feeling like you are incapable of being successful and that’s just not true! We’ve got some suggestions for how to set the best work resolutions and how to stick to them.

Setting Work Resolutions


One of the first things to do when you’re setting your work resolutions is to just brainstorm. This is the place where you want to let your imagination go wild and be ready to pull things back later in the process. Anything that you can think of that will make you feel successful at work should go on your list here.

Honest Assessment

Now that you’ve lined up even the most outrageous things, it’s time to take an honest look at your capabilities and the possibilities in your position. Maybe you wrote down that you want to get a $20,000 raise this year, but after speaking with your managers, it’s just not possible in the budget. It’s up to you to then be honest with yourself and decide if you’re going to go looking for a new job that will provide that bump or if you’re going to create a more manageable resolution.

When it comes to getting an honest assessment, work with your coworkers or managers to get the honesty you need. Request a performance review from your manager if you haven’t had one or ask your coworkers what you could do better to make their jobs easier. Getting feedback from outside parties could be a gamechanger in helping you pick the best goals for yourself.

Keep It Focused

Starting the year with 40 major resolutions to get done is probably unlikely. Limit your resolutions to 3-5 for the greatest chance of success. By prioritizing your list, you’re going to have a better chance of remembering what you’re working towards and being able to put in the work to make them happen.

Write Them Down

This seems simple but a lot of people don’t do it! When you’ve decided what resolutions you’re going to focus on this year, write them down and put them somewhere where you see them every day. A casual but constant reminder could be the difference between achieving them and forgetting all about them.

Keeping Your Work Resolutions

Accountability and Support

The number one thing you can do while working towards your new resolutions is to have some level of accountability. What works best for you could be different than what works best for someone else so consider the best path for you. Maybe having a monthly check-in with your manager or co-workers to go over how you all are working towards the resolution would be helpful. If you’re more of a solo worker, have check-ins with yourself by keeping a journal throughout the year to track your progress.

Make a Plan

Depending on what sort of resolutions you have, making a plan with step-by-step ideas of how to achieve them could be helpful. If one of your resolutions is to learn how to use Photoshop, making a plan to learn one new tool each week and setting aside time to do it will help you reach that goal. Building a plan with minor steps to reach the big goal will help you get that feeling of success throughout the whole year rather than just when you complete the big goal!

Invest In Yourself

If one of your resolutions is to get better at something or to learn a new skill then you’re going to need to invest that time and maybe even some money in achieving it. Be clear with your goals with anyone that may be affected by your change in schedule so that they can help support you and set you up for success.

On The HireCast we’re spending the most recent episodes talking about how to handle messing up, how to measure success, and how to set the right goals for you so be sure to head over there to listen to those episodes and continue this conversation!

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