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Most of us make New Year’s resolutions as we look forward to the coming year and take stock of what we’d like to improve in our lives.

The better angels among us are persistent enough to go one step further and make a plan for achieving our resolutions, and some of us even follow through by putting time and energy toward our stated goals.

If you’re one of those people who is determined to make 2018 the year you take a massive step forward on your career path, consider adopting the following New Year’s resolutions.

Resolution #1: Stop putting things off

The biggest obstacle to almost every career is procrastination. How many times have you said, “I’d like to look for a better job, but I just don’t have the time,” or “I could make a lot more money if I just got this degree”?

The best way to combat procrastination is to just take baby steps. Simply dedicating five minutes to something you put off for a long time can help you visualize your strategy moving forward and eliminate fear of the unknown. Committing just five minutes also makes you think about your future, which helps combat procrastination, according to research.

Resolution #2: Change your routine

Sometimes, the only thing getting in the way of career advancement is a bad habit. If you’re constantly checking Facebook at work or if you’re lying on the couch every day after work, you probably aren’t making the best use of your time.

A great New Year’s resolution is to take a hard look at your daily routines and find out where bad habits have sucked away your precious time.

Resolution #3: Get better at receiving criticism

In any situation involving feedback, the person getting feedback is the one in control, since they’re the one that decides if they want to pay attention and make sense of the feedback they’re getting. If someone’s feedback-receiving skills are truly on-point, they can even learn from people who are terrible at giving it.

If you can get good at hearing and using feedback, you can gain knowledge from anyone, which means you don’t have to hold out for a mentor to show you the way.

Resolution #4: Redouble your efforts at your current job

One of the best ways to take a step forward on your career path is to mine the possibilities that lay right in front of you at your current job. Also, focusing on your career while at work is a great way to stay engaged and avoid burnout.

Have a conversation with your manager to gain clarity around the next challenge or a path ahead in the company. If you can’t get a solid, realistic framework on how to move forward with your current employer, it may be time to look somewhere else.

Are you looking for a new job?

The staff at Quanta can be a great resource for dedicated professionals who want to take the next step on their career in 2018. Please contact us today or explore available jobs to find out how we can support your career goals this year.