5 Super Simple New Year's Resolutions for Product Managers

Yesterday I looked through my rough draft of possible new year’s resolutions. Eat more bundt cake? No, doesn’t seem like that will move my career forward. Watch more videos of red pandas playing in the snow? No, I already spend entirely too much of my day doing this.

Are you looking to switch jobs in the New Year? Or just amp up your skills to be a better product manager?

Here are 5 extremely simple, free things I’d recommend product managers do in the new year to move their careers forward.

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1. Take an online class

Product managers should always be building new skills. Sounds simple, right? But the internet is full of many, many classes relevant to product management. Luckily for you, I've already put together a comprehensive list of free, online courses for product managers, broken down by general product management, or by skill if you're looking for something specific.

You'll learn a new skill, but also meet other product managers in the class forums. Double win!

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2. Listen to podcasts on your commute

Of course I recommend the Product Popcorn Podcast, but I also recommend to subscribe to this list of 5 weekly podcasts that help product managers continually gain new knowledge.

Podcasts are free and keep you current on what's going on in the industry. If you aren't subscribed, why not?

3. Meditate

Everyone knows the benefits of meditation. But how do you start? Just sit in a room and be quiet? That method didn't work for me. For years, I tried to start meditating and never really found the right way to do it.

Luckily, there's an app for that. I downloaded Headspace, and TA DA! I'm meditating 10 minutes a day. I'm sure there are other wonderful meditation apps, but I love Headspace. 

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4. Join a Meetup

And don’t just join the Meetup, but plan to attend one per month, or at leastone per quarter.

Don’t belong to any Meetups? Try these search terms when looking for one in your city:

  • Product (i.e. ProductTank)
  • Tech (i.e. New Tech, Women in Tech)
  • Start-up (i.e. Denver Founders)

5. Clean up your LinkedIn profile

I got a LinkedIn alert yesterday telling me to congratulate my sister for 10 years at her company. SPOILER: My sister hasn’t worked at that company since 2009.

Make sure your LinkedIn is updated. It’s free, and it’s the first place other coworkers (and recruiters!) will look when they’re trying to gauge your skills as a product manager. Unless you want your entire professional network to think you’re still working at Napster, take a coupe of hours to update your profile.

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