Tips on the first day of work for the new year/ Best ways to start the new year in the office.

A new year means an opportunity to start fresh at work.

1. Declutter
Whether you have an assigned desk or you’re a mobile worker, take the beginning of the year to clean out the clutter. Take out old papers, and documents. Clear your space. A renewed space for a renewed year!

2. List new skills you’ll need.
You’ll likely need new skills to move ahead with your career plans, so strategize about how you can get them. Talk to your supervisor to determine if there are ways you can augment your current skills by participating in new projects.

3. Use technology more effectively
We often use technology in ways that increase our stress such as frequently and constantly checking our messages and social media. Be more efficient about your use of technology in the office this year. The integration of tabletop power and contemporary desk accessories may have you finding yourself working more productively and happily than before.

4. Manage your reputation
In the professional world, reputation is everything. Create online profiles in all of the networks you intend to use. LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ are all useful and allow you to post steams of information to highlight your expertise. Make sure your online profiles feature the information you want people to know about you when they Google your name.

5. Keep an eye on the future.
Have you thought about the outlook for your company and industry? Are jobs moving overseas? Are opportunities going to freelancers instead of full-time employees? Is your job easily automated? Now is a good time to start thinking about the outlook for this year and beyond. Be realistic and brutally honest and consider what action you should take if prospects aren’t promising.

6. Make new friends.
You’ve heard that networking is the best way to get a job; take that advice to heart and make a point to expand your circle of contacts. The more people who know, like and trust you and think you are good at what you do, the better the chance of you finding and landing new opportunities in the new year.

7. Keep an eye on the important things.
Don’t forget to stop and smell the proverbial roses. If you’ve been neglecting your health, your family or friends, make a point to address those concerns in the new year and you’ll be more likely to be successful in your work life as well.

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