2020 has been a roller coaster year for most everyone. With the pandemic spanning nearly the entire year, routines were royally thrown off. Any sense of normalcy became unknown and foreign. From getting used to the work-from-home life to wearing a mask upon leaving your house, everyone experienced the adjustment period differently. More than ever, it’s essential to build a sense of productivity and self-awareness for the coming year, so we put together some simple tips on how to get the most out of being productive in 2021.
Any type of physical activity releases endorphins that are proven to boost your mood, help you sleep better, and give you more energy. Start the new year with small goals that you can increase as time goes on. When you complete one goal that you create for yourself, whether it’s cutting out sugar or reaching your goal weight, move to the next goal. Be sure to keep track of your progress and monitor how far you’ve come. At-home workouts are more convenient than ever with program-based apps on your phone, smart TV, and YouTube. Aim for at least five hours of some form of moderate-intensity activity per week. So, roll out a mat, grab some resistance bands or weights, and get those endorphins flowing.
Create a Daily Task List
To help you stay organized, create a list of tasks you need to accomplish each day. An intentional plan will help you visualize what needs to be done so you can hold yourself and others accountable. As companies continue to work from home, it can be easy to rely solely on e-mail for keeping up with meetings, Zoom calls, and due dates, but it’s not always beneficial for those who have a hard time juggling everything on one platform. Invest in a productivity planner for a great way to list and categorize your day-to-day activities and tasks to complete.
Take a Social Media Break
Social media can negatively impact our brains when used too much. Try to limit the amount of time you spend scrolling mindlessly through Facebook or Instagram. If your job requires you to be on social media throughout the day, try taking a break every few hours or put your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode. If you have an Apple iPhone, take advantage of the setting that allows you to set limits on the amount of time spent on an app. Limiting app time is extremely helpful when trying to reduce social media usage during the day or night. It might not be easy at first, but trust us, you’ll be glad you took a break.
Take Time for Yourself
You might have been spending a lot of time by yourself lately, thanks to social distancing. But have you been spending any time for yourself? Set a repeating alarm during a time of day that works best for you (a time with no interruptions) where you can sit and meditate. Meditation has proven to provide many benefits to the mind and body. If meditation doesn’t sound like something you can sit still for, keep doing what you did pre-pandemic to help you unwind. If that’s having a glass of wine, reading a book, or giving yourself an at-home spa day, keep doing it! Stick to what you know works, and you’ll feel revived in no time.
It might have been a challenge to find peace and organization this past year, but it’s time to navigate the unknown. Be confident in what you are doing, and if something isn’t working for you or somehow doesn’t feel right, change it! You have full control over how you manage your productivity, so test out the waters. Start small with daily exercise, create a task list, limit social media, but please, whatever it may look like for you, take time for yourself in 2021. If you need help getting to the next level of your success, Another Level Operating System (ALOS) can help you get back on track.