2017 New Year’s Resolutions Fit for an MBA

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It’s a new year, and it’s time to set your goals for the next 12 months. Every year, almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, ranging from getting fit to traveling more. But when thinking about your resolutions for 2017, why not consider your personal development and career advancement?

Here are a few suggestions, including ideas from current Neeley School of Business MBA candidates.

Say So Long To Your Comfort Zone. “I plan to take more chances and get outside of my comfort zone. Coming back to school for a master’s is part of that, but it's easy to fall into the same old habits. Seeking out experiences that force me to grow is my resolution!” —Marine Corps Officer Boomer Betts, MBA candidate 2018

Define Your Goals. If you are a current MBA student, chances are you have your next steps carefully planned out. But if you don’t (or if you’re considering returning to school for your MBA), take some time to think about what you want for your future. What are your personal, career and salary goals? Define the steps you must take to achieve what you want and begin moving forward.

Unplug. “My personal New Year’s resolution is to spend less time on my phone. I’m constantly connected, usually to multiple screens at once, which means I’m never completely focused on one thing.” —Mitch Howe, MBA candidate 2017

Sleep Well. Getting adequate sleep is important for success in everything you do. Adults should be getting six to eight hours of sleep a night, and, unfortunately, you can never really “catch up” on shuteye. When you are getting the right amount of sleep, your body will be healthier, better able to fend off illness and you'll have more clarity and improved mental function. 

Build Your Network. Howe is also vowing to go to as many events as he can this coming year. “You're making an investment of two years of your time and a large sum of money, so you're doing yourself a huge disservice if you pass up on the learning, networking and socializing opportunities available outside of the classroom,” he says. Make it a goal to participate in a set number of networking events each month — and make them count. Know who your targets are — perhaps a hiring manager or exec at a company for which you’d like to work — and take advantage of any opportunity you have to build relationships with those people.

Regardless of whether you believe in making New Year’s resolutions, taking time to step back, reflect and plan is always beneficial. And what better time to do it than when the calendar flips to a brand-new year?

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