5 Tips for Making the New Year Work for You

It is all well and good to make New Year’s Resolutions, but once the 1st is over, most of us can kiss our resolutions good-bye.  We struggle to keep our momentum going and to keep our focus on work.  The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t really mean we’re super-productive or feeling less distracted.  In fact, many of us find that we are even more distracted because we’ve lost our sense of purpose or goal-orientation.  That’s why it’s important to focus on your focus- to find ways to get past the doldrums, while improving productivity.

5 Tips for Making the New Year Work for You

Thus, I thought we’d do some end of January tips for making the “new” year work for you.

  • Get rest.  It seems to me that many of our problems are related to sleep deprivation.  Unless you have an infant, go to bed at a decent hour {say before  or around 10 pm- gasp!} and get the rest you need so you can get up at a decent hour, refreshed and ready to get started.  After a couple of days of disciplining yourself to do this, your body will get in gear and like you for it.
  • Re-design your work space.  A cramped, messy, or disorganized work space is your enemy.  Clear the clutter, file miscellaneous documents, and just get your space in working order so you can focus on work and not on the chaos around you.
  • Make your work space and movements more ergonomic. Work-related injuries and strains are common and obviously uncomfortable and time-consuming.  Thus, it is important to minimize strain on our bodies.  One way to do this keep essential items within easy reach and be sure not to cock your wrists while typing.  There are many ergonomic products and practices that can help you stay healthy and not strained.
  • Try a sound machine.  Now that you are rested and not strained, it’s time to tune out distractions.  White noise, or a sound machine, can be a great resource for loud or irritating/erratic noises that break your focus.
  • Take breaks. If you find you still aren’t as productive as you’d like to be, take a break.  Sometimes just getting away from the work for even a few minutes will help you get better perspective and possibly even an different angle.

If you’re tired of feeling tired and unproductive, try these 5 tips for changing up your routine and work space.