Happy New Year!
Christmas is over and January tends to be a bit of a buzzkill. Plus, winter is definitely sticking around with cold temperatures, ice and maybe even the odd flurry of snow. It also doesn’t help that daylight hours are in short supply.
You might think the dreary conditions would cause us to throw ourselves into work. Not so, January is our least productive month. Instead of simply bundling up and waiting out the slump, here are a few things you can do to boost your productivity or take advantage of the downtime.
Focus on you
First things first, you need to take some time to think about number 1 – YOU!
January is all about new beginnings. Let go of the things in your life that drain you, such as toxic relationships or unhealthy habits.
Take this time to invest in your education. If you want to learn something new this year, now is the time to start! I’m going to be learning the ropes of SEO this year and I can’t wait to expand my skill set.
Set yourself some goals
Although I sometimes find that setting New Year’s Resolutions can mount up the pressure, I think it’s a great idea to set yourself a couple of small, short term goals. In fact, I do this all year long!
Just remember to set yourself realistic goals, there’s nothing worse than not achieving what you set out to do.
Whether it be a career-based or a personal goal, or maybe one of each, it’s a great way to ensure you’re always improving.
This is great time to get organised. Tidy your desk, clear your inbox and create some lists ready for future projects you may have on the cards – January is an exciting time!
Exposure to daylight is good for us, and we often become blue in darker months due to our lack of exposure to sunlight. Our brains love to be in sunlight, and it helps to normalise our sleep cycles.
So, on your lunch break, make sure you get yourself outside and get as much daylight as you can while it lasts! It’s good for you and will certainly make you more productive!
Try something new
Comfort zones are tricky things, they cause us to stagnate and stop development. Welcome in the New Year with some new hobbies or activities.
Push the boat out, as such, and see what you like. You could surprise yourself!
Don’t let yourself get stuck in the January blues this year, try a couple of our tips and your January will be the most productive yet!
Have you got any other tips for beating the January blues? We’d love the hear them.
Next week, we’ll be sharing a great piece on creating yourself a Bullet Journal and making sure organisation is key – so, be on the look out for that!