2016 is over, thankfully! With that, a new year, a fresh start and an opportunity to reinvent yourself has arisen. As 2017 begins, we make new year's resolutions that we *hope* to stick to and kick on the new year with a fresh vigour.
Being productive is a subjective matter - what one person may find productive another may find a waste of time. For example, carefully planning ahead and ensuring your day is jam packed with meetings and calls may seem productive to some and not to those who value their time writing or designing for example.
Whatever you class as productive, we've rounded up a few helpful tips that should help you seize every moment and have a productive 2017...
Yes, we all love buying and owning 'things'. They provide us with a jolt of happiness when purchased and we become attached to them. But having too many things can become a problem. To put it into context, if you have two cars you need to clean both. Resulting in twice the time (and money!) spent cleaning said cars. So by decluttering your office space (it doesn't have to be your whole life) and sticking with the bare essentials, you will not only find yourself less distracted, but more productive too. Read more on how to declutter properly.
Give everything its own little home, even down to your paperclips! Giving everything a place makes it easier to remember where you put it and reduces time spent remembering where. Less time spent = more time... you get the idea now. Having things in an orderly manner is also linked to reducing stress, and we don't need any more of that in our lives do we?
Need the ultimate storage space for your items? String Shelving is perfect for an organised office space.
Rise N Shine
The early bird catches the worm as they say. The worm being a metaphor for productivity, happiness and ultimately success, I imagine. Waking up early sounds daunting, especially when you're in your 20s like me. But waking up an hour earlier really does give you a head start on the day. It gives you the chance to start the day off right with exercise or something you enjoy, setting you up for the day ahead. Plus you won't waste your time in the evenings when you're too tired to even do anything anyway!
Rise in style with the Leff Amsterdam Brick Clock.
As with organising your stuff, organising your day also reduces stress. A lot of the time stress stems from uncertainty. So by meticulously planning your day you will reduce uncertainty and have a plan of action, allowing you to seize the day! We suggest buying a comprehensive planner and sticking to the routine of updating it every night, reminding you what the next day holds.
Octagon Design planners are perfect for staying ahead of the game.
Write Things Down
It's proven that if you write down your goals, whether they're short term or long term, you are much more likely to achieve them. Writing things down makes them real, unavoidable and a constant reminder of what we want to achieve. So write down today's goals, this year's goals and even your life goals and you might just start to achieve them.
Write things down in style with Design Letters stationery range.
Block Out Distractions
In this day and age we're constantly bombarded with information. E-mails, texts, tweets, mentions, adverts - you name it, we're all constantly receiving them. Ultimately, we're addicted to them as our brain releases dopamine when we receive a text or tweet. But at a time when focus is of the utmost importance, we can't afford to be distracted. Start setting yourself a block of time to complete a task - the Pomodoro technique recommends 25 minutes of work with a 5 minute break and a longer break after 4 repetitions - and block out all distractions in that period. Reward yourself when you complete your task by indulging for 5 minutes. You could even assign a 'No Phone Zone' in your office.
Take A Break*
Taking breaks is very important when working. The Pomodoro technique mentioned earlier promotes taking a short 5 minute break after each task. Even something as simple as making a cup of tea or listening to a song can provide you with a new lease of energy needed to complete your next task. Or maybe you can just hang around like the Kay Bojensen monkey.
*(Disclaimer, not an ad for Kit-Kats)
And that's our roundup of tips for a productive 2017. You probably gathered that organisation and planning are the key to being productive.