Fill your new year’s resolution list with realistic, good-for-you goals. With one tiny lifestyle tweak a day, you’ll feel more productive by month’s end and psyched to make 2019 your best year yet.
Here are some tips that can help you increase your productivity this year:
1. Set your goals.
Visualize everything you want to achieve for the year. Write them down and break your goals into smaller tasks. It might be helpful to keep a planner. This way, you can keep track of your daily activities. Have a strict calendar schedule and make sure to stick to your to-do lists. Setting your goals will provide direction and motivation to successfully attain them one by one.
2. Focus on the tasks at hand.
Improve your focus by avoiding multi-tasking. Start working on the simpler tasks first—the ones that can be done in less than thirty minutes. You can accomplish a lot of things in an hour before you even realize. Do the bigger tasks when you feel most alert and energized so you can have better attention to every detail and accomplish them flawlessly. By focusing on one task at a time, you will complete your work faster.
3. Declutter your files.
You may have started tidying up your stuff at home after watching Marie Kondo’s latest show, so you might as well declutter your digital space, too. If it is getting harder for you to look through your files and folders, it may be time to sort and clean them up. The best way to organize your files is to use a method that makes everything easy and quick to find. It may be a lot of work but it will eventually reduce stress and improve your focus. Decluttering your physical and digital workspace results in a clearer mind and positive attitude.
4. Take regular breaks.
Some of us may think that we are getting more work done by rendering longer hours. What we do not realize is that refusing to rest only leads to decreased productivity. Burning yourself out can cause fatigue and exhaustion which restrains you to work properly. Taking regular breaks will help you concentrate and boost your mood. Try to unplug for at least fifteen minutes and reenergize your brain. You may be surprised at how much you can get done by taking short pauses.
5. Develop healthy habits.
While it is important to get things done efficiently, it is also necessary to allot a couple of hours of your day to practice self-care. Destress and recharge so that you will be refreshed and have enough energy to tackle your plans for the next day. This year, cultivate healthy habits and utilize your free time by working out, reading a book, sleeping early, or doing anything that brings you joy and relaxes you. Pay attention to what your body and mind needs. Taking care of your physical and mental health helps you become better in whatever it is that you want to achieve.
Not every day will be perfectly productive and that is okay. Do your best to refocus and realign yourself on your goals. There will be bad days, but you just have to keep going. Once you get used to following your daily plans, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish both in and out of the office. May your resolutions help you make this year the most productive and the best one yet!