As we welcome in 2016 and look to the year ahead, motivation and promises to make this our best year yet are bursting. With phrases such as “New Year, New You” ringing in our ears, newly set goals and intentions make us feel good as we’ve finally decided to make a change…
But our motivation and good intentions are short lived and rarely make it past the first weeks of January; only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year goals. Though, should we really be surprised by this statistic?
With a season of partying, eating copious amounts of food and visiting friends and family over, January can be an exhausting month as we catch our breath – without the added pressure of taking on a new challenge. That’s why we suggest putting your New Year’s resolutions on hold until February, so you can recharge and recover from the post-holiday blues. Though, there are a few steps you’ll want to take this month to get yourself ready for making those resolutions a reality in February…
1. Get some rest
After a busy period full of festivities, you may be running on little sleep which can affect your concentration, your ability to learn, and can increase the likelihood of you becoming easily irritated and frustrated – all resulting in poor productivity. By putting your feet up and getting some early nights for that much needed rest, you’ll be fully focused and ready to take on your resolutions.
2. Wipe the slate clean
Before looking at what you want to achieve this year, you should take some time to reflect on the past 12 months. It’s the perfect opportunity to look back at your accomplishments through 2015, while removing any clutter and taking care of those smaller tasks that you’ve been putting off. It’s your chance to tie up any loose ends, wipe the slate clean, and move forwards without worrying about something which should have been done last year.
3. Set realistic resolutions
Often, resolutions are hard to stick to because they’re long-term goals that aren’t attainable in the immediate future. So, rather than focusing on the end goal, try breaking your resolution down into smaller, actionable steps which are easier to manage and more attainable. For example, ‘losing weight’ is a popular New Year’s resolution, but it won’t happen overnight. However by focusing on smaller milestones such as ‘eat more fruit’, ‘eat less chocolate’ or ‘go to the gym’, you’re more likely to achieve your ultimate goal.
4. Choose a tool
Having a place to record and track your resolutions – along with all of your other goals and plans for the year – will help you stay on top of everything that needs to be done and keep you focused on reaching the finish line. DropTask allows you to visually capture to-dos in an intuitive space where you can map out your plan of action and break tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps. The ability to set deadlines for individual milestones, define the order in which tasks should be actioned, and even ask others for a helping hand gives you the support and motivation to see those resolutions through to reality.
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