Another year has passed and, if you’re like me, you have a list of work-related resolutions for 2015. Many of those resolutions, however, probably sound vaguely familiar. (Wasn’t this one of your resolutions last year?) If history repeats, some of these resolutions will inevitably die off and be forgotten. So, what can you do to avoid the cycle of starting fast before crashing and burning? Here are five tips that I’ve utilized to make things happen, even when I assumed they’d be destined for failure.
- Schedule everything. Seriously, EVERYTHING. Most resolution failures occur as a result of follow-through. You make a pact with yourself that you’re going to make things happen, and you start with fierce motivation only to fail over time. Scheduling everything requires you to be accountable for action steps. A good calendar app (like Google Calendar, for example) will let you set reminders to make sure you don’t forget to keep the ball rolling.
- Set a bedtime and stick to it. Your body needs optimum rest to have the energy and focus it takes to be on top of everything in your life (including resolutions). Kick it grade-school style and set a bedtime to ensure you’re getting the rest you need on a nightly basis. This will not only improve your productivity, but it will also have a positive effect on your mood.
- Get up early and workout before work. Everybody’s internal clock is different. I’ve always considered myself a night owl. I did my best work late at night, struggled to get in gear in the morning, and failed to be focused on the task at hand when it was crucial. This all changed when my wife persuaded me to start working out with her early in the morning before work. It’s a great way to get your blood flowing and be functional at work. I strongly recommend it (even if you’re not a morning person).
- Make a new ‘to-do list’ at the end of each workday. At the end of each workday, make a list of all you need to do the next day. Take a peek at how many things you were able to check off your list that day. This is a great way to recap your activity to stay on top of tasks. Essentially, this gives you top-of-mind awareness of your tasks so they don’t get delayed at your desk.
- Take advantage of technology. If you have a smartphone, use it to your advantage in 2015! There are an endless amount of productivity-based apps that can help you reach your goals by working smarter (not harder). Let technology ease the burden and keep your resolutions on the fast track to completion.