If, like me, you have felt under ever increasing pressure to complete your ‘to do’ list before the Christmas break and the end of the year, it may be time to use the festive season to stop and reflect for a while.
My preferred approach to the New Year is to start feeling refreshed and focused (thus the need to have everything from the ‘old’ year completed by 30th December). For me, it’s not just about setting new goals for the new year. I start by managing myself – taking the time to focus on my priorities for the new year means I avoid stepping back into the ‘always busy’ mode of operation. This article from Business Management gives further tips on how to stay productive and focused at work in the New Year.
Stop viewing “busyness” as a positive. When your work and personal schedule is maxed out, and your to-do list is a mile long, don’t see it as a sign of your importance or popularity, but rather a hindrance to your productivity and well-being. Stop saying “Yes” to every engagement or request, and commit to only those things you want to do.