Every year January seems to be the longest and bleakest month of the whole year. If you feel the same way, it’s time to put negative Nancy in her place. This year I want January to be different. I have a lot I want to do and achieve this year, so I need it to kick off with a good start. Making it through January can seem like a challenge in itself sometimes and staying in bed for a duvet day sounds all too appealing most days. To try and get a head start I have put together a few things I am going to do in January to help me stay productive.
Anyone who knows me, knows I am obsessed with a to do list and this January will be no different. I am going to plan out what needs doing and how I am going to fit it all in. Once everything is planned out I find it much easier to tackle my to do list and I don’t feel as overwhelmed. As well as planning everything that needs doing, I am going to plan out things I want to do including all the fun stuff. That way when I am super busy, I have something exciting and fun to look forward to.
Set Realistic Goals
Once I have an idea in my head of what I want to achieve and by when, I always seem much more motivated. So this year I will be setting some big goals, so that I can achieve everything as well as smaller goals along the way. The most important thing to remember is that they need to be realistic otherwise things get too stressful and overwhelming way too quickly.
Ok, I am not saying live off Kale for the month of January, but eating healthy and giving our bodies all the nutrients it needs definitely helps with the extra energy boost we might need for those extra busy days. I am also not just talking about detoxing from the Christmas junk food, but also a digital detox. Taking time away from laptops, iPads, phones and social media might just give us that extra bit of time to get everything done on our to do list. I think if I counted the hours I lose scrolling on social media some days, I would cry thinking about all the things I could have got done.
Take Time Out
Don’t get me wrong being productive is great and ticking off all those things on the to do list is an amazing feeling, however struggling to get out of bed, getting run down and feeling rubbish is not the one. Taking time out for yourself is really important if you want to stay on track. Finding a balance between the to do list and time for yourself is really important. So take time to do things you love whether that’s going shopping, going out to eat or just sitting on the sofa and binge watching your favourite program on Netflix.
Find your most productive time
I find that most places tell you to get up early if you want to be productive, but not everyone is a morning person. So find when you work best, whether that’s bright and early or it’s in the evening after dinner. It doesn’t matter when it is, as long as you know; that way you can plan your day around it. For me, I know that I am more productive if I get up early and try and get things done first thing. I also know that if I don’t stick to a routine, I struggle with my sleep pattern and it really throws me out of sorts. I try to get up early on weekends mainly so I can tackle my to do list, but also so I don’t ruin my sleep routine.
These are the five things I am going to be doing in January to help me stay productive and kick my year off to a good start. What things help you be productive?