Billions of people across the globe will take the new year as a fresh start to optimize productivity. Though many of us know that we need to improve upon our productivity, it can be difficult to determine what needs to change.
Due to the interruption of a global pandemic, many of us have found that we haven’t excelled in productivity in the last couple of years. It’s important not to resent yourself for this as the standstill was completely out of our hands. Despite this, we can take the upcoming optimistic year to make up for lost time, but what measures need to be implemented to ensure productivity in the new year?
Reflect On the Previous Year
In order to maintain or improve upon productivity, you have to reflect on what worked and didn’t work for you in the previous year. What did you do well? What could you do better? For example, if you felt that you were productive in helping yourself, could you be more productive in helping others? Perhaps you could take this year as an opportunity to be more charitable and donate to organizations such as Children of Adam. This will not only make you feel like you’re implementing positive changes to your own life, but also to the lives of others.
Limit Interaction with Social Media
Social media is responsible for stunting a lot of people’s productivity for a wide array of reasons. Social media is a tool of distraction; you can find yourself aimlessly scrolling for hours on end, rather than doing something beneficial to your day. Similarly, it’s easy to beat yourself down with the success of others, making you feel inadequate and consequently giving up. It’s important to remember that people mold their image on social media to what they want people to see; no one is posting their failures, so don’t let people’s social media presence get you down.
Wake Up Earlier
The morning is when you’ll feel most energized and be more inclined to get stuff done. Make an effort to go to bed earlier, get eight hours of sleep, and wake up refreshed in the morning. This will prepare you for any tasks that you need to complete throughout the day and will allow you time to relax sooner. The anticipation of chores is always worse than the chores themselves, so getting them out of the way as soon as possible will feel greatly cathartic. This will also benefit your mental wellbeing as you’ll feel as though you’ve accomplished something and not wasted your day.
Make To-Do Lists
To-Do lists are a great way to gather your thoughts and organize your daily tasks. Furthermore, they provide you with structure so that you’re not aimlessly jumping from task to task. Be sure to tick off each task as you do them as this will provide you with an immense feeling of satisfaction. Additionally, pretty stationery makes your chores seem more appealing and you’ll be more inclined to complete them.
Organize Your Space
The new year is an ideal time to throw out all the junk that you’ve attained throughout the year and find places for all your clutter. You should start as you mean to go on, designating certain areas to certain items, bringing ease and organization into your everyday life. It’s easy to neglect your organization strategy over time but remember that life will be much easier if you keep up with it. You won’t waste precious time searching for obscure items as you’ll have an exact place for them. Organization is the key to success.