4 New Year’s Resolutions to Fast Track Your Career

It’s that time of year — when family members, morning talk show hosts and co-workers grill you with impunity about how, precisely, you’re going to fix yourself. There are plenty of contenders for your New Year’s Resolution list — perhaps some you attempted last year but abandoned. How do you prioritize? And which ones will actually make you money and advance your career this year? Here are four ideas.

1. Upgrade your autonomy. Specialists in the uber-trendy field of positive psychology have identified the #1 barrier to your happiness (the cultivation of which is surely a worthy New Year’s goal). The culprit? Lack of autonomy (as anyone with a micromanaging boss can tell you). This year, find ways to flex your mojo by choosing, to the extent possible, when and how to do your work. Two good strategies are lobbying for more flexibility in your schedule (as with Best Buy’s “Results Only Work Environment“), or, at minimum, aiming to reduce the number of soul-sucking meetings you’re subjected to (check out these tips for reasons to cancel meetings and some positive alternatives you can suggest).

2. Take more lunches. Networking maven Keith Ferrazzi famously instructed us to “Never Eat Alone” (the title of his excellent 2005 book) as a way to build connections. The advice becomes even more urgent, however, when coupled with research from Stanford University business school professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, who investigates how executives cultivate power. As he notes in a recent Harvard Business Review blog, “If you’re in a position to bring together unrelated groups of individuals who benefit from being in contact with each other, that’s a form of power.” In short, the path to success is becoming a “broker” who fills holes, transmits information and cultivates connections.

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Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant who has worked with clients including Google, Yale University, and the National Park Service. Listen to her podcasts or follow her on Twitter.