Work Habits That Will Make You More Successful This Year

Many of us have been fortunate enough to have an extended winter break where we did little, if any, work. I've personally even felt like I've had a bit of brain drain since the moment I escaped city living for what I like to call "my hometown holiday retreat." So the question becomes: How do you return to the office on Monday not only able to tackle your overflowing inbox, staff-wide meeting, and big project, but ready to completely kick ass at your job in 2016?

Here are some of my favorite suggestions from Fast Company's list of habits to adopt at your job this year:

1. Get enough sleep. You know the drill: No one does her best work while tired. Also try to find ways to wake up naturally, rather than be jolted awake by your alarm clock.

2. Become the "ideas person" on staff. Push yourself to think outside the box; others will come to you for advice, making yourself indispensable. 

3. Make a to-do list every day—and cross everything off. Set realistic goals for what you can get done and also be mindful of what times of day you tackle certain projects best.

4. Ask more questions. When you stop learning in your role, it's probably time to start searching for another position. But first make sure you are asking tons of questions about how and why certain things are done at your company.

5. Earn the congeniality award. Anyone who said likeability at work isn't important definitely lied. When opportunities arise, higher-ups always look to staffers who get along with everyone. 

6. Stay calm no matter what. Freaking out at the office is a major sign of weakness. Stay cool, calm, and collected—and if you don't feel that way, then just fake it.

7. Keep your desk and cubicle/office organized. Did you ever notice some of your most productive co-workers have the neatest desks? If your workspace is clean, your head will be clear.

8. Be optimistic. It's good for you and everyone around you. Bonus: It's a fact that optimists earn more money than pessimists. 

For the full list of work practices to follow this year, visit Fast Company

Treat yourself to personalized to-do list notepads to make setting daily goals more fun.

Do you have any go-to habits that help you succeed at work?