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What are your New Year resolutions at work?  

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31 December, 2012

It seems that my resolutions have a five to one hit rate – that is of five resolutions only one will come good. But nevertheless I am thinking now about my list of do more/do less and hoping that some of them will stick.

Some New Year resolutions are easier to decide than others. It’s not hard to make the obvious ones of eat less, exercise more, go to the cinema once a week, read more books, drink more water, drink less tea and of course just drink less. But making them around work can be more tricky.

Policy overload – both national and local – can leave you feeling that there is no space for you to make change as an individual. Perhaps New Year resolutions at work should not be about meeting targets or reaching objectives but should be about wellbeing in the workplace. After all you are your responsibility. And the New Year gives us a chance to judge how we are feeling about the past year and the one coming up.

So New Year resolutions offer a chance to to think about how best you can nurture and protect yourself in the workplace. I am thinking about resolutions that will improve my work life balance. Leaving on time, taking a proper lunch break and eating healthy food at work – no more biscuits! How about you?   Will it be about getting enough sleep before an early, how you use time before a late shift that means that you don’t feel as if you spent all day at work, cycling to work, getting the earlier/later train, taking proper breaks or what?.

I hope that your resolutions have a better hit rate than mine. Perhaps one of mine should be – stick to my New Year resolutions. Good luck with yours and have a good 2013. If you have any that you would like to share with us please do.

Readers' comments (5)

  • tinkerbell

    don't know about new years resolutions. They fade so quickly but just heard a concerned dad shout to his young un 'keep pedallling, keep pedalling or else you'll fall off'.

    Good advice for any nurse.

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  • no resolutions - forgotten or broken a few days later. set small and realistic goals according to SMART and meet them one small step at a time and remember it is the way to them that is the most important, and not harsh judgements of oneself or others if they are not met as long as the way purposeful.

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  • Sadly, mine is to leave the profession after 30 years even though I am no where near retiring. Just too disheartened and have been retraining for the last three years for another profession.

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  • My New Years Resolutions are;

    - eat even more chocolate than I already do so that I can become a super obese nurse
    - sit on my backside for the whole shift, not just half the shift which is what I do now apparently
    - spend most of my time sitting on the computer/mobile phone texting my friends as reported in the papers
    - continue being 'useless', 'uncaring', 'lazy' and 'incompetent'

    not really but that's what everyone thinks of us so why change things

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  • Anonymous | 6-Jan-2013 5:46 pm

    laudable, as long as nobody suffers as a result.

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