New Year, New Work Resolutions

Well, happy new year!

So, this is the time of year when everyone is all refreshed and happy and ready to take on the world, right? I don’t make personal resolutions. I’ve made myself some big goal promises in my life that I think are good and will be helpful, but I don’t do the new year, new me thing. I do try to think of things to work on that are positive for my whole family unit. This made me think that I should/could think of work resolutions that my do the same: benefit me and my library unit.

I’ve been off of work for the winter break and won’t be returning until next week and I’m trying to think of some work/library related new year’s goals that will be helpful to both me and my organization.

  1. I think I found a little of my personal library/professional mojo last year and I’m going to try and stay engaged and stick with it. We have a tremendous profession and I need to stay intellectually engaged and in the game. I’m going to write more. I have at least two things I want to develop more. Yeah for creativity!
  2. I’m going to stay on top of (and keep a bird’s eye view) of all of the major projects in the library and ask the key stakeholders to report out regularly to the whole library. That way, it isn’t just me who is saying the things that need to be said. I can’t micromanage, but I’m going to check in more regularly.
  3. I’m going to continue to cancel meetings without agendas. I love my job and the people I work with, but I think it’s my job to make sure we’re focused on what needs to get done. Related: I’m going to keep working hard to make sure that everyone who needs to know something knows it, and even those who don’t “need” to know have been told. Over communicating, it sometimes seems, is better than under.
  4. I’m going to try and make sure the hard work is spread out evenly and that the tall flowers do not overextend themselves. I think this is one of the most important things I need to do as a library director. Every library has librarians that will take on work and projects until they are completely overwhelmed and sometimes they never tell you. I think it’s my job to keep that all in check (even if that means there are some things we can’t get to.)
  5. Continue to help push our outreach so that we build our relationships all over campus and remain a vital partner in student learning. I will try to never say no, but rather, how do we get it done?
  6. I worked really hard last year to integrate what I felt was more of a work/life balance into my career and I’m going to keep it. That means, sometimes I am actually not accessible and I am taking a day off with my kids. But, it also means, for me, that if I need to get some stuff done at home at night, I don’t punish myself for it afterwards. For me, this also means that if it is truly important to others, they will be there to provide feedback and help. In my career, I’ve overexerted myself so many times on projects that I was told were important and then I would hear not a peep again. I won’t ever do that to those who work for me, but I also am trying hard to measure what the real high impact work is versus the “get to it if you get to it” stuff.

On another note, I’m looking forward to writing more this year about library, life, and balance issues. If there’s something you’d like to write about for me, let me know!

2 thoughts on “New Year, New Work Resolutions

  1. Great post. Happy new year to you! I’m still working on my own list, and you’ve provided some welcome inspiration. In general, I’m reflecting on the fact that I did a lot last year, on both the personal and professional fronts. I love my work and love saying “yes”, but I need to make this a year of doing so more selectively. As a new director, I need a year of listening, study, and developing workplace and local relationships, with higher-level activity taking a temporary back seat. Wishing you all the best!

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