Adapting Resolutions : Embracing Micro-Changes for a Balanced Life

​The New Year is traditionally a time we ponder ways to change our lives. But with all the change that’s been thrown our way in the last few years, the conventional approach to New Year’s resolutions may no longer feel right. In light of the transformative experiences of recent years, the need for flexibility and adaptability in our resolution-setting becomes evident.

Setting micro-resolutions

Since the pandemic, many of us have re-evaluated our priorities and what truly matters in life. This introspection provides an opportunity to align our resolutions with our newfound perspectives. Whether it's prioritising self-care, nurturing relationships, or pursuing meaningful work, the key is to identify the areas of our lives that require attention.

As we embark yet on a new year filled with uncertainty, it may pay to approach our resolutions with more flexibility and adaptability. Rather than setting grandiose goals that may feel overwhelming or unattainable, it may be more beneficial to focus on small, manageable changes.

By embracing these micro-resolutions and aligning our goals with our changing priorities in both our personal and professional lives, we can navigate the challenges ahead and create a more fulfilling and balanced year. Breaking down goals will help keep you motivated, because you gain a sense of accomplishment as you tick off each small step, making it easier to build on.

It also gives you the chance to check in regularly to make sure you’re still heading in the right direction. Revisiting your micro-resolutions regularly lets you look at what’s changed and work out what’s still relevant, so you don’t get too far down a path you no longer want to walk down. After all, things change, and so should you! Pivot!

Work-life resolutions

In today's world, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives have become increasingly blurred, making it more important than ever to set work-life resolutions that encompass both aspects. Whether it's finding a job with greater flexibility or seeking opportunities for growth within your current role, it's crucial to carefully evaluate whether a job change is the right move.

Take the time to identify what isn't working in your current position, whether it's the company culture, lack of growth opportunities, or a diminishing work-life balance. By pinpointing these dissatisfying aspects, you can determine if they can be addressed within your current organisation.

However, if changing jobs is indeed the best course of action, there are important factors to consider. Reevaluate your work requirements and values to determine what you truly desire from a job and employer. Don't be afraid to explore non-traditional career paths and acquire new skills, as this can open up exciting opportunities.

Networking and maintaining a strong personal brand are also crucial in today's competitive job market. Lastly, seeking guidance from a recruitment specialist can provide valuable insights and support throughout the job search process.

Is the New Year a good time to change jobs?

Changing jobs for the sake of it may create more stress and tension in your life. Before you jump ship, consider exactly what isn’t working for you:

  • Which aspects of the company culture are not a good fit for you?

  • Which parts of the role are not what was promised or not living up to your expectations?

  • Is your current position lacking opportunities for advancement?

  • Are you facing losing flexibility and work-life balance?

In short, write down what matters most to you in your career and exactly what you want out of your job. Consider if any of the things that are not working for you can be fixed by your current employer. Can you ask for flexibility, opportunities for learning and development, or avenues for career progression?

9 tips to help you find the right job

If you realise a new job is on the cards for you, here are some pointers to get your job search heading in the right direction.

  1. Evaluate your work requirements. Reflect on what you value most and what would make you happy in your job and employer. Consider aspects of your job, company, culture, and work environment. Assess how they align with your personal needs and aspirations.

  2. Find balance. Consider the importance of work-life balance and assess how potential employers can accommodate your needs for flexibility. Find a healthy balance and set boundaries to prioritise spending time with loved ones and pursuing personal interests.

  3. Think outside the box. If you’re looking for a change or to try something new, you may want to explore a deviation in your original career path. As the world changes, non-traditional career paths are becoming more common. Recruitment is a great example of an alternative career that is not well known and considered! Think about the skills you have that may be transferrable to a new industry or role. Use our practical guide: Steps to your next steps.

  4. Look after yourself. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health and wellbeing, especially at work. Finding a supportive employer that values its people and their mental health and wellbeing will help create the right foundations for your career.

  5. Learn something new. Certain skills such as digital and technology-based capability are more and more in demand, so it is always a good move to stay up to date with the latest thinking, enhance your knowledge and learn new skills. Broadening your skillset improves your appeal to potential employers and will help you be more competitive in getting the job you want.

  6. Connect. Talk to people in your personal and professional network to increase your 'feelers' in the market and open up new avenues and opportunities. Make an effort to reach out to new people in your industry or an area you are looking to work in - not just for a job, but for advice and information to decide if a job, company or industry is right for you.

  7. Polish your personal branding. Think about how you want to be perceived by potential employers online and make sure your profiles are up to date with your latest job title, skills and responsibilities. Optimise your LinkedIn profile to help you secure your next role.

  8. Brush up on your job search skills. Get yourself job-ready so that you are prepared for the next job opportunity that comes along. Make sure your resume is working for you and look around at current job opportunities to get a feel for the market in relation to your needs.

  9. Reach out to a recruiter. We saved the best until last - Recruiters! Talk to a specialist recruiter to get an understanding of the local market, current salaries, where to direct your search, and how to weigh up and narrow down options. Finding a job can be hard work and industries change quickly, so using a recruitment consultant who understands the market can be just the antidote for your job search.

Get in touch with a recruitment specialist if you need some current market insights or to get your job search underway.

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