2013 has begun and on the contrary to what many believed, the world didn’t end. So, as we look into this upcoming year and we start to make new resolutions (some realistic, some unrealistic) there are many ways that we can look to improve our professional lives as well. Here are my six tips to making 2013 a happier, healthier and more productive year:
- Take some risks – do not be afraid to think outside the box and offer suggestions that are unique and creative. These ideas and risks will earn you respect from not only your peers but your boss as well. By being able to challenge yourself and bring new things to the table you can grow professionally and personally as well.
- Stop complaining – be positive! It is very easy for us to complain about what is going wrong in our lives, careers, families and personal lives but instead of dwelling on the negative take control of your life and realize that you have the power to change your life for the better. By staying positive it will not only put you in a better mindset but also stress you out less. Also don’t sweat the little things or the things you can’t control!
- Save the drama for your mama – there will always be times where you are in a situation of argumentation with someone. However, do not engage in petty drama. Do not always become defensive and feel the need to always prove your point or be right. No one likes a know it all. Remove yourself from situations that are toxic to your stress and energy. As much as we love to engage in gossip, do your best to focus on bettering yourself, not talking about the flaws of others.
- Realize you are human – everyone makes mistakes. Once you realize that this in fact is true, admit when you are wrong. Always be honest and it will lead to a healthy way to resolve the situation.
- Have thick skin – in the PR field there will always be someone who has something negative to say about you or your work. Realize that not everyone will agree with you all the time. Be open to constructive criticism and use it as a learning experience.
- Turn OFF your phone – if you are like me and constantly have your phone on and by your side (even when sleeping), we need to understand that this is unhealthy! Being able to be reached 24/7 can create unrealistic expectations. By turning off your phone for just a couple hours a day it can not only relieve stress but help you recharge your body and brain.
Do you have any other tips for the PR professional in 2013? Let us know! Wishing everyone a productive, and healthy 2013!
This guest blog post was written by PRowl Public Relations staff member Virginia Laskowski