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Five New Year resolutions for 2017

To be frank, it wasn’t easy returning to the office yesterday after a particularly pleasant Christmas break, but the first days of January are the perfect time to take stock and set some goals for the year ahead. 2017 is a blank canvas, with what we can achieve limited only by our imagination, ambition and the effort we are prepared to put in.

Here are my resolutions for 2017, feel free to add more in the comments box below.

1. Challenge yourself

It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you’ve been in the same role for a while, so set yourself a challenge to keep things fresh. This doesn’t necessarily mean working any harder or longer, but leaving your cosy comfort zone might involve doing something you haven’t done before.

By way of example, today I completed my first ever manual ‘net present value’ calculation for Stamp Duty Land Tax; it might not sound much, but the sense of achievement was overwhelming!

 2. Enjoy yourself

I’m sure that most of the time we’re at work we could all think of other things we’d rather be doing, but it’s important not to lose sight of the things that attracted us to our current career in the first place. We’d miss our jobs if they weren’t there, so look for the positives and reignite your passion for property. Choose happy and make the work environment pleasant for others too.

3. Improve yourself

It isn’t always easy to find time to brush up your knowledge or learn a new skill when you’re busy, but if you don’t care about improving yourself then who else will? Continuing personal development will increase your confidence, allow you to provide a better service to clients and make you more valuable to your business.

4. Make a difference

We can all remember the people who inspired us and shaped our early careers, sharing their experiences or taking time to patiently explain that difficult concept that we simply couldn’t grasp. Well, now’s your chance to be that person for someone else. Helping the next generation to fulfil their potential should be a reward in itself, but accelerating their development also makes them more useful and fosters loyalty and team spirit.

5. Smell the roses

Of course work is important to all of us, but it shouldn’t define who we are. Keep the customer satisfied, but ensure that you also take sufficient time out this year for the things that really matter to you.

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