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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Professionals

The new year is here, making it an ideal time to start implementing new resolutions. As a professional, it’s also a great time to start fresh with new habits that optimize productivity at work and at home. Consider using one of these resolutions to kick start your year in a positive way.

Focus on Financial Health

Minimize your financial stress this year and commit to your financial health. According to Forbes, a Stress in America survey published in November 2017 by the American Psychological Association states that 62% of Americans report being stressed about money. Everyone’s financial situation is different but creating a plan that combines your financial goals and objectives for the year can help you plan ahead and budget your money wisely. For more guidance, make an appointment with a financial advisor.

Utilize Career Resources

In a digital society, there is one social media platform that all professionals should be using—LinkedIn. According to Forbes, the majority of employers look for an online presence before hiring, even after an interview. Additionally, 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn to find candidates.

Prior to LinkedIn, employers were investigating personal social media before hiring. LinkedIn is a professional platform that when used correctly, can give employers and recruiters the chance to pre-screen candidates before requesting an interview. This is not to say that employers don’t look at other social media platforms, because they do. However, LinkedIn is the perfect way to establish your professional persona.

Start Journaling

Keeping a journal is more helpful than you may realize. According to Entrepreneur, keeping a journal can not only help you disconnect from scrolling through apps and emails, but it can also help you reflect each day. Listing helpful advice from mentors in your journal can be a great way to stay motivated in a time of stress. Use your journal to vent in a productive way, collect compliments or words of encouragement, and share your dreams and goals for the future. Don’t worry about perfection, simply write what you feel and be authentic with your thoughts. This is a place for you to be unfiltered and real. Choose a high-quality journal and pen to make your journaling experience even better.

Love Your Writing Instruments

Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, most professionals use a pen or pencil on a daily basis. If you’re looking for professional success in 2019, set yourself up for success. Think about the habits you create, the positive attitude you demonstrate, and even the writing instruments you use. For a gel pen experience in a more weighted, sophisticated body, use Zebra’s Sarasa Grand. If you need a pen or pencil that is durable and stylish, Zebra’s STEEL collection of pens and pencils provides a diverse line of professional instruments.

Make Time for Yourself

One New Year’s resolution that should be on every professional’s list is to make time for yourself. It’s a common concept to try and achieve a healthy work/life balance, however, very few professionals maintain it. Take time this year to focus on you, however you see fit. If you feel that you need more time with your family, commit to spending more time with your loved ones regularly. Don’t forget to make time for yourself, and try to spend at least half an hour each day devoted to something you love, whether it’s exercising, reading, watching your favorite show or listening to a music or podcast.

10 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

The new year is finally here, which can only mean one thing; it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, and keep them. However, this is much easier said than done. January is a blank slate, a perfect time to start integrating better habits, making plans and hold yourself to new standards of living. As the year goes on, it can become difficult to maintain your resolutions, and many people tend to give up as the chaos of life takes over. We want to help you change that!

Many people struggle with New Year’s resolutions because the goals are too specific, or they are trying to achieve too many goals at once. Zebra compiled a list of ten attainable New Year’s resolutions that will help you stay focused, organized, and of course, “zen” all year long!

  1. Organize

If you find yourself forgetting plans or overbooking yourself, this might be a good goal for you! Get yourself a daily planner and/or desk calendar to hold yourself accountable for the plans you make and the appointments you have throughout the year. Pick up some fun pens to color code your planner, like Sarasa Fineliners, Sarasa Gel Retractable pens, and of course some Zebrite highlighters. Jot down notes or reminders throughout the day to help better organize your schedule and manage your time.

  1. Make Healthier Choices 

Rather than setting a goal pertaining to a specific number, for example, “lose 30 lbs. by June,” make your resolution broader by aiming to make healthier choices this year. When you go out for a meal, choose the salad, buy whole wheat bread instead of white, and replace soda with water! Know that you are making strides towards your goal with every healthy choice you make rather than by the number on a scale.

  1. Integrate Exercise

Instead of telling yourself that you will work out every morning or every night, which may not be possible when working a full-time job, make your resolution to integrate exercise into your life. Whether it is walking your dog, doing yoga on the weekends, or running three times a week, a little bit is better than nothing and reaching a realistic goal will encourage you to set the bar higher in the future!

  1. Unplug More

This New Year, vow to put your phone down more often. Leave your phone at home when you go out with your family or start a game where everyone puts their phone in the center of the table and first one to grab theirs loses. Encourage more face-to-face conversations and give yourself some time away from your cell phone. Disconnect to connect this year!

  1. Reach Out to Distant Friends or Family 

Remember your elders or those who have made an impact on your life. This year, instead of just thinking about them, reach out to them! Handwrite them a card or letter explaining a memory you have with them or updating them on your family. Who knows, maybe it will start a pen-pal chain and you can look forward to receiving a response each week!


  1. Be More Thankful

When the stress of work and life take over, put things in perspective by cherishing life’s moments, and remembering all the things to be thankful for. Create a chart or journal where you can write something your thankful for every so often. Look back on your chart when you’re feeling down, stressed or defeated, and remember to not sweat the small stuff.

  1. Read More

If you enjoy reading and can’t seem to find the time, set a goal this year to make time to read. Even if it’s just for a half hour each night, on your lunch break or even on the train, grab a book you might enjoy and read it! Enjoy quiet time with a book, and indulge in the relaxation reading can provide.

  1. Take More Pictures

If you’re someone who prefers to be behind the lens rather than in front of it, make your resolution to take more pictures this year! If the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day, snap a picture so you can remember it. At the end of the year, you can print out your favorites and compile them into a photo album or scrapbook to share with your friends or family.

  1. Smile at Strangers More

A simple resolution like this can not only make you feel good, but will also make someone else feel good as well! In a digital world, it’s hard to feel connected to those around us. Instead of staring blankly at someone you cross paths with in a grocery store or department store, give them a smile and make their day a little better. After all, you never know what someone is going through and how much one smile can help.

  1. Cook a Homemade Meal Once a Week

Save money and work on your cooking skills by cooking more homemade meals! If you’re a single person, cooking a meal once a week may go a long way. If you have leftovers, you might have just made yourself lunch for the following day or dinner for a different night that week! Whether it’s just for yourself or for a family, cooking a homemade meal can be healthier and more fun than ordering takeout or dining out all the time!

It’s important to remember that no matter how big or small your resolution might be, it should be something that you can stick to! Zebra hopes that you not only create a resolution this year, but that you stick to it, even if it’s as simple as smiling at a stranger.