Sick of New Year’s resolutions? Boost your career with ‘anti-resolutions’

Eat more. Drink more. Watch cat videos. Send more emails. These anti-resolutions for the New Year will make you a better communicator. While you’re at it, skip that workout at the gym.

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Every year, many of us make virtuous New Year’s resolutions, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, learning Esperanto or reading Dostoyevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov.”

This week, though, we received a subversive email that threatens to undermine the entire annual ritual of self-castigation and personal improvement.

Brad Karsh, author of “Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management,” urges communicators, employees and guilty professionals of all stripes to create “anti-resolutions” for the New Year.

We at Ragan Communications wholeheartedly commit to this cause, especially because it involves eating, not dieting. We also invited several other communicators to offer their anti-resolutions.

Here are some anti-resolutions from Karsh:

Eat more.

Schedule one lunch, dinner or coffee meeting per week with a team member to build strong relationships, Karsh says. “Only 35 percent of professionals feel a sense of community at work, which can have negative effects on retention and quality of work,” he says.

Drink more.

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