It’s officially the start of a new work year — and you know we’re all not ready to jump back on the nine-to-five grind. Be it lethargy from all that year-end partying or a reluctance to admit the holidays are over, it may seem almost impossible to be productive right now. Try these tips from us on how to break out of that holiday mood and get to work.
1. Log out and Unplug
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, the list of social networking sites goes on. You do not need to know what someone had for lunch. Turn off your mobile data, set your phone to silent and block social networking sites from your office desktop. If you can’t unplug completely, set a few hours for clients and business partners to contact you. Dropping off the radar will hurt more than peeling a bandage off slowly, but it will be worth it.
2. Don’t Multitask
“Women are great at multitasking” is a myth. Not only is it physically and mentally impossible to work on two things at the same time, attempting to multitask will only overwhelm you. Approaching tasks one at a time will help you concentrate, so you will better understand and finish it quickly.
3. Get Real
We are not all spandex-and-metal-cuff wearing wonder women. Don’t try to finish that proposal, read that book and save a puppy from a raging fire all in one day. Be realistic — make a list of things you have to do, break up those goals into mini tasks and strike them off once you’re done. You’ll feel so good knowing what you’ve accomplished you’ll be motivated to press on.
4. Stop Procrastinating
Ever had to do last minute work for a project given weeks ahead because you told yourself “I still have tomorrow”? For projects that are not immediate, break them down to daily tasks and approach a superior or close colleague to be accountable for the project too. You’ll definitely stick to a schedule when you know failure to do so will disappoint those around you.
5. Make Your Own Reward System
All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl. Besides your lunch break, reward yourself for completing a project with a five-minute walk around the office or a coffee run (Note: Only after completing a project) to clear your mind and prepare for the next task. Don’t make it too long though — a lull will break your work momentum making it harder to get back on track.
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