What will bring you joy in 2022?


Here we are in 2022! As a New Year begins, there’s always a lot of noise on social media about “New Me”, “New Start”, “New Resolutions”, but along with this comes a lot of pressure to make big changes in our lives, and just like a new fad diet, these can be hard to stick to.

Instead of the usual list of New Year Resolutions that are thrown out the window by February, give yourself some time to think about the small positive changes you’d like to make for a more balanced lifestyle. Think about what brings you joy and work towards bringing more into your life. It might be a de-clutter, some exercise or maybe learning that new skill that you’ve been thinking about for ages. Just like saving pennies, small realistic changes can make a big long-term difference to your well-being.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • What will make me happier?
  • How do I change it?
  • Will it fit into my life circumstances?

I asked the team what will bring them joy in 2022.



I don’t do resolutions but last year I started a 7 minute per day exercise routine that I can manage to squeeze into my busy work/home life. This has really kept me sane and I’m feeling healthier and fitter. I find it great for stress relief as well.

I’ve decided to continue this, and I am already on a new 7-day challenge. I know this is something I can stick to as I’ve already made it part of my everyday life but I like to add some variety and try new challenges to keep it interesting – bring it on 2022!



A couple of years ago I took a deep breath and took some time out of work to gain a new qualification (yes, at my age lol). I’m so glad I did, because it led me to Octopus and the most amazing group of people to work with.

So, this year, I’m going to re-look at what training can help me do my job better and take some free online courses. There’s a lot of professional bodies that offer free skills courses and you never know, it could land you your dream job or promotion. Your employer may be able to talk to you about courses that can benefit your job and there’s lots to search from online or even your local library!

Don’t forget you can chat to our team about your job goals and what you might need to do to find your ideal work situation – whether that’s by getting experience with temping, doing some training, or finding a new job.



I do love to organise, so I think this month I will take some time to de-clutter – both at work and at home.

It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed after the Christmas madness so I like to take some time to think about what I need or want around me and get rid of what does not bring me joy!

Take it a bit at a time, whether it be a desk, cupboard or a whole room. Give yourself some time to achieve your task and work through it methodically. It can help to ask yourself – do I need this or do I love this? If the answer to both is no, then it might be time to repurpose or recycle.

Every little helps so don’t overwhelm yourself with the task and you’ll be surprised at how you feel at the end – as long as the kids don’t come home and un-do all your good work of course!



As the team here know, I love to bake and explore new recipes. This January, I’m going to take advantage of all the healthy ideas and ingredients in the shops to experiment with some healthy recipes to add to my repertoire.

Have you ever said to yourself “I’ll start that diet on Monday?” It’s so easy to make big promises to yourself and fall at the first hurdle. I find it so much easier to start small and find out what I enjoy – I think that applies to most things in life, not just food!

I’ve already started trying out some meat free recipes and thinking about how I can work in more nutritional ingredients without compromising on flavour. I want to find what works so I will be trying new things, taking myself out of my comfort zone and making what works for me, whatever day of the week!



Has our team inspired you? Will you be making a change in 2022?

Whatever you do, accept that change doesn’t often happen straight away. A New Year is a great time to review what might be working (or not working) for you but don’t forget you’re in it for the long haul and fads don’t bring about long-term results so be kind to yourself.

While we might not be able to help you with a declutter(!), if you’re looking to try a new job or a new way of working, we’d love to help you. Take the first step by setting up an appointment with one of our team on 01747 825568.

Happy New Year!


Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.