Old habits can be hard to break, but it will pay off in the long run and make all the difference in your work. Here are a few tips to put your best foot forward.
Network early. Reach out soon after the New Year to ask about people's holidays. Set up lunches and coffee dates to reconnect with colleagues you haven't spoken to in a while.
Maintain an online presence. Have you fallen behind on updating your LinkedIn profile? Expand your network online, and keep a steady social media presence.
Take advantage of the morning. It's easy to fall into a habit of cruising through the early hours in a coffee-addled stupor. Make a habit of creating goals for the day and tackling your hardest tasks first.
Ask for what you want. Don't expect that a promotion or new job function will magically arise just because you want it to. Know exactly what you want, and be direct with your supervisors. Make a plan for how to reach your goals.
Keep your options open. You don't need to be constantly on the job search, but be flexible if new opportunities arise - you never know what new direction you'll be heading in the New Year.