No matter what time of year it is, it’s never too late to make a new resolution. Here are five ways to increase productivity, stay in the driving seat and enhance your wellbeing.
Map out where you want to be
Personal development requires a large degree of planning to be in control of what you want to achieve. Ask yourself where you want to be in six months’ time, and what you’ll need to tick off the list to get there.
Studies have shown that you are 33% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down beforehand. Once you work out where you want to be, creating pointers will help you get there. A one-year plan is a good idea but why not put a five-year plan in place for bigger dreams too?
Choose a creative activity
Creativity in any shape or form will supplement your productivity and enrich your lifestyle. Choosing a new activity can broaden your horizon, stimulate your self-awareness and provide you with essential stress relief.
Reading is a simple but enjoyable way of opening your mind to new concepts and worlds. However, around 4 million adults in the UK never pick up a book for pleasure, largely due to a lack of time. By setting aside even just a few hours a week to read will nourish your creative mindset.
Healthy lifestyles and regimes are on the rise, with 1 in 7 Brits having a gym membership (usage of those memberships is another matter entirely). However, joining your nearest gym isn’t an absolute necessity, as there are plenty of small adjustments you can make that will have a positive impact on your health.
Cutting out fast food or quitting smoking are positive changes and potential ways to kick-start a new you.
Purchase a diary
Staying on top of key dates and work-related events is made much easier when it’s written down. Using a diary as a journal and documenting your day can also prove an effectively therapeutic exercise.
At the very least, use Google Calendar or a similar platform/app to keep on track of your busy schedule.
Book a holiday
When all’s said and done, it’s important to enjoy free time and treat yourself. And be generous where possible, so if you’ve always wanted to go somewhere different or exotic, check your budget and get booking.
Holidays break up your year and can act as rewards. This in turn allows you to refresh your body and mind, which can work wonders for increased productivity when you return to the workplace.