New Year’s resolutions have never really been my thing. I always point out habits I’d like to kick or habits I’d like to pick up, but I’ve never set definitive resolutions. A couple of weeks ago, some colleagues in a meeting were discussing professional New Year’s resolutions, and this motivated and challenged me to really think hard and consider what I want to achieve professionally in 2015.
- Wake up earlier and be informed. I’m a college student. I sleep until the last possible minute and scarf down a breakfast bar on my way out the door. I really want to try and break that habit to avoid rushed mornings in 2015. Having enough time to watch a half hour of The Today Show or get caught up to speed with the latest happenings on social media would better prepare me for the day that lies ahead.
- Blog consistently and take advantage of LinkedIn Publisher. Even though part of my duties as an intern at AKHIA is to write posts for The Microbrew, I really do enjoy it! Sometimes the most frustrating part about blogging is coming up with a topic, but that’s also my favorite part too. The writing comes easy when I pick topics I’m passionate about. Even though blogging on my own time seems intimidating, I have plenty to say and know it would be hugely beneficial.
- Listen to talk radio or subscribe to a podcast. While on winter break, I listened to “Serial.” Non-stop. It has been parodied on Saturday Night Live, and the host, Sarah Koenig, has even appeared on The Colbert Report. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you should. In a media landscape that is mostly dominated by TV, it was nice to step back and just listen while imagining the scene in my head. I thought I would be easily distracted because I would just be listening to someone talk but this actually made me more attentive. I got hooked on the podcast, and now it’s over (sadly) so I would really like to find another that hooks me like “Serial” did. Anyone have suggestions?
- Graduate college! I began my final semester of college this week, and the feeling is truly bittersweet. Nothing embodies my feelings better than how Ben Brugler, president of AKHIA, put it in a recent blog post about enjoying the moment. So, that is exactly what I’m going to do this semester, at my internship, at school and as I work to accomplish these resolutions.
Do you have any professional New Year’s resolutions? What are they?