Believe it or not, the new year is just around the corner. In addition to a few personal goals, I am also putting together my professional New Year’s resolutions—are you? In a simple Internet search, I came across numerous articles discussing the most popular New Year’s resolutions we make, but fail to keep—but I’m planning to keep these. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newbie in the workplace, consider incorporating these four resolutions into your 2015 list.

  1. Be more positive. Start approaching unpleasantness in a productive and positive way. I’m not suggesting being a realist is a horrible habit, but sometimes realistic and negative thoughts can blend together. In 2015, make sure your “this can’t be done” thinking is realistic—not negative. It’s possible you’re limiting your capabilities without even knowing it. Positivity may be the answer to preventing that.
  2.  Sleep more. We’ve all heard repeatedly that sleep does the body and mind wonders. Sleep naturally lowers stress levels, improves attention and helps to boost memory. Aren’t we always wishing we could focus better, stress less and remember why we walked into a room?
  3. Take advantage of your talents. As students and professionals, we want to become something great—an expert in our field, a trailblazer, etc. You know your strengths, and be sure to play those up when working with a team on projects and initiatives. There’s a time and a place to develop your weaker skills, but putting too much focus on them can leave you feeling frustrated and defeated.
  4. Work to develop your creative side. While in college, a professor assigned a “create your own app” project.  Even after I finished the project, I found my brain kept moving with ideas. So, I decided to keep going with it. Nothing will probably ever come of my app—which I think is pretty great, by the way—but it kept my creativity flowing. Set aside time every month (at least) to develop the ideas that you never got a chance to focus on. Will you start your own blog? Paint? Who knows? Maybe 2015 is the year to see your project come to life.

If resolutions aren’t your thing, at least take some time to reflect. No matter how little or large, whether you receive recognition or not, look back on 2014 to see your accomplishments and appreciate how you conquered a task, problem or challenge. Take the time to celebrate the “wins” of the past year.

What professional New Year’s resolutions are you making for 2015?