How to Work Smarter in the New Year

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As another year comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to what’s to come in the year ahead. The new year is often looked at as a chance for a fresh start and a good time to set new goals for the year ahead. Although well intended, people often set lofty goals that are out of reach, causing them to give up on them after only a few weeks. 

How to Work Smarter in the New Year
How to Work Smarter in the New Year

This year, set goals for your professional life that are manageable and attainable. This will make it easier to stick with your goals for the entire year and make it so you can feel better about your work. 

Here are a few things you can focus on this year at work that will help you to work smarter in the new year.

Delegate or Outsource Tasks

Knowing what tasks you can delegate to other team members or outsource to other companies will help you become more productive at work. Doing so will give you time to focus on other aspects of your job that you may have been neglecting. 

For example, if your job requires you to give a lot of presentations, a great way to outsource is to hire someone to create PowerPoint presentations for you. Not only will this save you a lot of time, but it will also ensure that you are turning in the highest quality work possible. 

Get Organized

Whether you swear by post-it notes, your phone calendar, or a decked-out color-coded planner, finding an organizational method that works for you and that you can stick to is crucial for effective work. 

This year, take some time to try out different organization methods until you find the one that works best for you. Doing so will help you become more productive and never miss a deadline or meeting again. 

Take Scheduled Breaks

Taking breaks may seem counterintuitive for getting things done, but, in fact, it’s the opposite. If you don’t take breaks throughout the day, your brain will get tired, and you won’t be able to work as well. Taking scheduled breaks can help keep you on task and make sure that your breaks aren’t too long or too frequent but that you have enough time to give your brain a break between tasks. 

How you choose to set up your breaks is up to you. Some people like taking timed breaks, for example, a 10-minute break after every 60 minutes of work, whereas others will benefit from taking a break after completing a task. 

Focus on Making Professional Connections

Networking is the best way to grow a business, find a new job, or seek out potential new hires and is a great goal to consider implementing in the new year. By growing your professional network, you are expanding your opportunities both in and out of your city.

The great thing about networking is that it can be done completely digitally. LinkedIn and other social media networks are a great way of connecting with like-minded industry professionals. If you prefer meeting people in person, networking events are a great way to get your name out there and meet new people. 

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