The New Year is a great opportunity to reflect on where we’re at with our jobs, our relationships and our stage of life. Many of us make major changes in the New Year, as the saying goes “New Year New Me!”. Some of us prefer to make small but measurable goals that we try to tick off throughout the year to keep us motivated.
Should You Make New Year’s Resolutions & What Should They Be?
Some have argued against the idea of New Year’s resolutions, and that we instead should be striving for improvement year-round, not just at the beginning of the year. But for many of us, the challenges and hectic nature of life can occupy our attention for a lot of the year, and it’s not until the New Year starts that we actually think about if we are happy with our current situation or if we need to make changes.
Common New Year’s resolutions can range from anything from wanting to eat healthier, exercise more, be more present at home, be more open and communicative in your relationships, progress with your career, or even move away from your fast-paced life.
These resolutions all have a common theme; making a lifestyle change.
These lifestyle changes can be big or small. From choosing to make diet changes, becoming more active, or getting up earlier each day. Or they can be big changes like quitting a job, starting a business or moving to a new city.
How to Make a Big Life Change:
Making big lifestyle changes can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if you’re making them for the right reasons.
Perhaps you’ve been working hard at your job, only to find yourself underappreciated, underpaid and overworked. The result is that you come home deflated and defeated, and have no energy left for your spouse or family. If it’s affecting you enough to encroach on your enjoyment of time spent with your family, it’s time to make a change.
You can either look for a similar job, but at a workplace with a better culture. In this instance, talk to recruitment companies who can help match your skills to available jobs, or talk to people in your professional network to learn of new job opportunities.
You can also change industries or career paths completely. For example, it’s not uncommon for high flying career driven people to throw it in for a more slow-paced life of painting, or making artisan goods and the like. These people spend their whole work lives in front of computers, or presenting, and they yearn for something to do or make with their hands instead.
Starting a Business:
Many people decide that after years of working for someone else, they’d now like to be their own boss and start their own business. Perhaps you want to pursue a hobby and turn it into a business, or take the skills you’ve learnt in your career and turn it into a consulting enterprise.
Regardless of the type of business you’re thinking of starting, it’s best to be as prepared as possible for this change as opposed to diving right in, particularly if this is your first time starting your own business. Mistakes and cutting corners can be very costly, and when it’s your own profit being wasted, it makes the hit harder to swallow.
For some skills, contracting can be a great way to start. Contracting or freelancing offers flexibility and more control over your working conditions and hours, and the work opportunities are more secure than when running your own business.
To get it right from the beginning, talk to family, friends or past colleagues who have started their own business to get some advice on how to manage establishing your business. You may find that your local chamber of commerce may offer business mentoring or workshops to help get your business up and running.
Moving to a New City:
Perhaps you’ve decided moving to a new city, a new country, living closer to the beach, or living more rurally is the change you need. All of these options bring great benefits. Moving to a new city or country can offer greater job opportunities, being closer to family, or experiencing a new part of the country or part of the world.
Moving closer to the beach or to a more rural areais typically a move by those wanting to spend more time living life and enjoying themselves and less time working. Many parents often find they get to spend more time with their kids as they spend less time commuting, and as they enjoy their lifestyles more, they are less stressed and more present.