A staggering 50% of the population make New Year resolutions, are you one of them? We find that January is a great time to set intentions for the year. If you're stuck for ideas, or looking to professionally develop this year - read on for some New Year’s resolutions for event professionals...

1. Upskill

The world is changing rapidly, and sometimes it almost feels overwhelming. The good news is, with this rapid development also comes free content and training - and a lot of it at that. Make the most of this and pick your favourite blogs and publications, subscribe to them, and allocate time in your diary to upskill. It is easy to push it to the side when more urgent deadlines crop up - but it is probably the most important action that you can implement for your career in 2018.

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2. Be More Productive

Productivity and time management are always a hurdle for event professionals - who have one of the most demanding jobs out there. Productivity can be increased via various methods, including setting your morning routine, creating a better work/life balance, planning ahead and cutting down on unessential meetings. To read more about increasing productivity, read our blog ‘Top 8 Productivity Hacks’ here.

3. Choose Clients Wisely

You know those clients who eat up all of your time, where nothing is ever good enough and are constantly making changes to everything you do? And then, those that are the #dreamclients who trust your judgement and say 'yes' to everything?

Well, as Tim Ferris, author of ‘4 Hour Work Week’ suggests; “There is no sure path to success, but the surest path to failure is trying to please everyone. Do an 80/20 analysis of your customer base in two ways – which 20% are producing 80%+ of my profit, and which 20% are consuming 80%+ of my time?”

Make 2018 the year to drop the drainers.

4. Enough List

Make it your New Year's resolution to create an 'enough list' every day. An 'enough list' should only consist of a few, very important tasks - that if that was all you completed that day, you would feel satisfied.

‘To do’ lists can often feel overwhelming, and therefore have a tendency to be counterproductive. So, by creating this 'enough list' you are prioritising, and reducing the self-induced pressure, which we all know we are guilty of.

5. More Sleep

Choose a realistic bedtime, and stick to it. Set the alarm on your phone to go off every night at the same time, and adhere to it. This is probably the easiest and most effective New Year's resolution that you could make this year.

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And finally, whatever New Year's resolutions you choose, ensure that they are SMART goals. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Pin them to your wall, put them in your calendar, make sure that you visually see them every day.

Happy New Year!