It’s a new year and we all have goals to achieve for the new year, so in this post I am sharing a few tips to plan for a better year! But like the saying goes, it won’t work unless you do:
Plan Your Day: In order to achieve more, you need to get into that zone and start planning your days to run smoothly. Time management coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders says you should start each week with being clear on your top two to three goals. You should then schedule in times for those first, and make everything else fit around those times.Creating a schedule for oneself works. I have found that I am most productive between 6:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. I try to work on the most important items during this time. The times when you are most exhausted can be used for trivial things that don’t require much creativity. TIP: As a millennial coming up as an industry boss, you need to schedule time also to learn about your industry and current/upcoming trends.
Ditch Multi-tasking:Let’s get one thing straight about the concept of multitasking: it’s a big fat lie. We are not wired to do multiple things at once. Stop trying to do 10 things at once. Separating out tasks and dealing with one thing at a time is way more productive than trying to do everything at once. Less is more when it comes to being productive.
Create a system: There’s so much articles out there on how to create a system that works but the truth is you know yourself more than anyone else. So, throughout the next month, keep a journal outlining what you are accomplishing and how much time it takes to complete your to-do list. Assess whether or not all the essential responsibilities are being met and how many secondary tasks get done during an average day. Doing this will help you see what distracts you from achieving your goals and you can make a better plan.
Fill your gas tank: Filling your gas here, refers to eating healthy and having a sound sleep and nap. What goes into your body can make an impact on your productivity and has a huge effect on your mood and cognitive ability. I know we all tie being productive to downing cups of coffee, hey I don’t have anything against coffee but you need to hydrate yourself adequately. Something as inconsequential as dehydration can result in a decrease in positive moods and negatively affect cognitive abilities as suggested by this study
If you can, it is advisable to take power naps. Here is an excellent article that supports daily naps. But we cannot negotiate on sleeping – by sleeping for eight hours a day, you not only recover from the fatigue and stress but also consolidate your memory, which enables you to absorb information into long-term memory.
Take breaks: After several long hours of work most times you might notice your brain hurts, that’s a signal to take a break. Since your brain has used up its glucose, give yourself a moment to refresh by going for a walk, grabbing lunch or a snack, or just meditating. You’ll come back recharged and ready to achieve with greater efficiency. As a rule of thumb, you should take a 20 minutes break after every 90 minutes work session to keep you focused. You can also experiment with different techniques such as 25-minute Pomodoro technique.