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10 New Professional Habits to Develop in 2016


Don’t let all of your New Year’s resolutions get kicked to the curb – develop these 10 professional habits in 2016 and make this the best year yet!

1. Increase Your Verbal Communication

  • You can significantly improve relationships with fellow colleagues just by walking over to their desk and having a face-to-face conversation rather than relying on impersonal emails.

2. Start a Career Journal

  • Each time you think of a new idea, find inspiration, or meet a really great individual-write it down. The next time you need inspiration you’ll know exactly where to look.

3. Step out of Your Comfort Zonee

  • It’s the only way we learn to grow both personally and professionally.

4. Seek to Understand Before You React

  • Active listening is a valuable skill that can take you far.

5. Look at Obstacles as Opportunities

  • It will change the way you think about work, your career, and your life.

6. Spend Time with People that Inspire You

  • Surround yourself with confidence, inspiration, and a professional support system.

7. See the Value in Every Detail

  • Make a habit of finding value in every detail.  Every small action is one step closer to your larger goals.

8. Be Authentic

  • Be as honest as you can with yourself and others about what you want and why you do what you do.

9. Optimize Your Learning

  • Use every opportunity to learn something new. Get involved, ask questions, read, and engage in conversation.

10. Maintain a Positive Attitude

  • Choosing to be positive makes life enjoyable. Positivity encourages others, promotes a good reputation, and ultimately sets you up for success.