Okay, that headline is a bit misleading.

I’ll admit it: I don’t necessarily set “New Years resolutions” but I do aim to create structure (or we might say “systems” in business) to work towards objectives.

This past year was full of blissful moments and a lot of shared joy. Just to name a few: the journey of engagement; getting married to my biggest supporter and best friend; and solidifying plans for my first house (an objective I’ve been working towards for 11 years).

With that said, much like many other people right now, I’m looking forward to the future; I want to continue growing and learning, personally and professionally, in this next year.

What follows are some (but not all) of the focus areas I’m working on in the next year to help me become a better remote worker and leader. Admittedly, some are a bit more meaningful than others, but hopefully sharing these can start some conversation or provoke some thought in others:

Better optimize my daily morning routine.

We all know the power of a morning routine. (Anyone else curious if this is even more important for remote workers?)

There can be so many benefits for your state of mind and outlook, focus, productivity, health and wellness…the list goes on and on when it comes to creating a better life by starting with a morning ritual or practice.

Many argue that the first hour of your day sets the tone for the entire day. Despite knowing this, we can sometimes be pulled in different directions, and perhaps the way I approached each morning gradually shifted, over the course of last year, because of that.

I still have a morning practice, but previously I had a more consistent routine to take control of my day. In 2020. I’m going to get back to a morning ritual that serves me (and hopefully others) better.

Add more accountability to my own role.

For context: we see accountability in a positive sense at Edoc, so hear that coming through in this post.

This year I’d like to hold myself more accountable, which will help lay the groundwork for major marketing objectives we have in the coming months. (Not my main objective with this—but holding myself accountable might be able to help set the tone for others, too.)

This intention will include setting clearer milestones (with system/activities, deadlines, and a plan) that we want to achieve—not just a focus on the desired outcomes. This will help since many of my objectives take long-term effort before those eventual outcomes are achieved.

Live out our value of continual learning by reading more.

As a remote company, we emphasize continual learning and self-improvement. Chance favors the connected mind…so we’re always looking to absorb new information and find new inputs or connections that could lead to innovation, or just new possibilities in general.

But to live out that value, my focus will be on reading more this year. This year, my intention is to pick out 12-15 books that can help me become a stronger, more effective remote leader.

Have any books you think should be on the list? We would love to hear your ideas!

More exercise outside of planned workouts.

If you know me, you know that I love to be active. One of the reasons I love remote work is because I believe it can afford you more flexibility to spend time exercising or “playing” as others have described it. Just like with a job that’s not remote, you still have to prioritize that yoga session or CrossFit class, though.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about group fitness is that before or after a day of working remotely, I can spend time with other likeminded people in a casual, social setting that doesn’t feel forced. That’s still important to me as a remote worker, but I’m being nudged in a new direction when it comes to getting my heart rate up.

This next year, the focus will be on getting more exercise outside of planned workouts or group fitness classes. Yes, I’ll still take those classes, but I want to have more of a lifestyle shift. Part of that picture is also about avoiding prolonged sitting at my desk, with no breaks, each day. That means more walks in the day to “break up” the workday and more bike rides, for example.

Share gratitude about working remotely.

This blog in particular has been one form of self-expression about remote work for me. Over the years, I’ve shared how I enjoy being able to work from any location, flexibility to get work done, and the extra time I’m afforded with family and other loved ones thanks to remote work.

For those who are regular readers, you know I often applaud and support the idea of remote work—and those are just a few of the reasons why.

I’d love to take the appreciation I have for remote work and find new ways to share that gratitude.

What does that look like? Is that through an Edoc service offering of some kind or some resource that we create for others? I’m not sure! Let me know if you have any ideas on how I can make this more clear and tangible. I’m still thinking it through as I hit publish on this post.

READ MORE: “How to Combat Feeling Lonely as a Remote Worker”

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Kim Geiger leads the eSign division at Edoc Service, Inc. Connect with Kim on Twitter to keep the conversation going.