Professional development goals don’t have to be boring, too big to accomplish, or irrelevant to your own personal needs. Here’s a look at five different goal ideas that might be good for your career or peace of mind during this next year.
For the Creative Mind: Make Something Daily
Whether you’re in a creative job or not, having a regular creative outlet can improve your focus, mood, and productivity. Write, draw, crochet, or paint — it doesn’t matter how you do it, create something every day.
For the Easily Distracted: Give Your Smartphone More Time-Outs
Don’t let your tech set the tone for 2018. Set a goal to go electronics-free at work if social media always calls your name. If you can’t go 100 percent sans smartphone, set some time limits on when it can come out of your bag or drawer at the office or at home.
For the Leader of People: Take Your Team Offsite
Getting your team out of the office helps them recharge, learn about each other, and increase creative problem-solving skills. Make it a goal to get everyone out for at least one meeting this year; you can book a meeting at Temple Square for a convenient and professional location in Salt Lake City.
For the Run Down and Tired: Get the Right Amount of Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation says adults need seven to nine hours of sleep. It also says chances are, you aren’t getting that. If you’re ending your year with exhaustion, make it a point to prioritize your time so the right amount of Zs are possible.
For the Man or Woman With a Plan: Celebrate Small Successes
Resolutions are great, and goals are foundational to long-term professional success. But always looking ahead to the big picture can mean burning out. Set big goals, but divide them into smaller milestones and take time to celebrate those little stepping stones to encourage yourself and your team along the journey.
Whatever your hopes and dreams are this year, taking time to take care of yourself and celebrate the little things can help you achieve your goals. Putting these easy habits into motion makes it more likely you’ll succeed.