Recognize What You Can and Cannot Control
Write down the things that stress you out at work. Circle the ones you have control over, and cross out the ones you don't. Vow to stop spending energy on the crossed-out items; redirect your energy on finding solutions to the problems you can change. Do the Job Above Your Current Position Offer to take on some of the responsibilities in the position just above you. Becoming familiar with that role makes you an obvious choice for future promotion. Accomplish Projects That Directly Affect Your Resume When taking on new projects, try to select those that will most likely benefit you. Be sure to quantify the results of your work and add these accomplishments to the ongoing resume you should be compiling. Cultivate Friendships at Work Your coworkers can understand and appreciate what life is like in your office better than anyone else. Take the time to develop friendly relationships with them. You'll benefit personally and professionally from the time you invest in getting to know them. See the Big Picture and the Little Pictures What is the big picture -- your overall vision -- for your professional life? Now what are the small daily steps or little pictures that will get you there? Make a small goal, like joining a professional organization or finding a mentor, something you can accomplish today. Make Sure You're on the Right Path Are you really doing what you want to do? Does what you think you should be doing interfere with what you want to be doing? None of the above suggestions will work if your career isn't aligned with your true interests, personality and natural abilities. If a career assessment is in order for you, make this your first priority in the new year.