It’s that time of the year again. Time for you to set a New Year’s resolution. Some people stick to their guns, doing whatever it takes to reach the goal they have set forth. Others forget about this by February and slip back into their usual way of doing things.

I want to find a new job. I want to make more money. I want to lose weight. I want to travel more.452389327

What do all these New Year’s resolutions have in common? They are cliché. Been there, done that.

Rather than bore you with the most common New Year’s resolutions, here are five that are anything but cliché:

1. Start a friendly relationship with a coworker you have never spoken to in the past. There are many benefits of this resolution, including learning more about your company, what that person does, and how they may help you down the line. You may also find yourself with a new friend sooner rather than later.

2. Make it your goal to improve the energy efficiency of your workspace. You can start with your cube or office and then move onto the building as a whole. By enlisting the help of others, you may be surprised at how much progress you can make.

3. Don’t shy away from challenges. Think back about the challenges you were presented with in 2013. Did you run away from a project your boss wanted you to tackle? Did you hide when your employer was looking for volunteers for a particular task? In the new year, take on challenges with a sense of pride.

4. Exercise during your lunch break. This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. By doing so, you can shed pounds while also improving your overall level of health. Want to take this New Year’s resolution to the next step? Ask a coworker to join you.

5. Find three reasons to get excited about your job. Are you at the point where you are sick and tired of your job? If your answer is yes, 2014 is the time for a change of mind. Write down three reasons why you are thankful for your job, and let these details get you excited about what the new year holds.

As you can see, these New Year’s resolutions are anything but cliché.

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