Today marks the end of another 365 days in our lives. A lot of people had resolutions for 2018 and made the best of it, some barely lived through it, while some managed to reach a few goals. Whichever one you fall into, the most important thing is that you lived and survived till the last day and that’s enough to be thankful for.
I am sure by now a number of us have picked our pen and notebooks and started strategizing for a productive 2019. This is indeed a good way for making the most of the new year but it is not enough.
I used to write a long list of what and what I would do for the new year but barely 2 weeks into the new year, I’m back to my old ways of doing things.
However, there are a few important things we all need to take note of as we prepare to start 2019. While these are not necessarily goals, they are ways to make the most of the year and become even more productive.
1. Be Grateful
I’m one of the ones who complaints a lot, and always find one million faults when things are going wrong. When these happen, I forget all the good things that has happened in the past. Lately, I’m trying to drop this terrible habit. No matter how little you think someone is doing for you, be thankful and grateful to them, it’s the little we can give back.
A lot of people inconvenience themselves to please us and it’s an ungrateful act when we give them the ‘what have you done?’ vibe.
Aside humans, let’s cultivate the habit to praise God everyday. Even in difficult situations, the gift of life is so much hope that the next day would be better.
2. Take Breaks When Needed
We are not robots. We are designed to break down at intervals especially when we get overworked. It is very important to understand your body system and take breaks where and when needed. Successful people know when it’s time to work and time to play.
Mental health is as important as physical health, if at any point you see such signs that threatens your mental health, speak to a therapist or counselor. And do not be scared to get professional help should the case be severe.
3. Keep a Calendar
You can use the traditional desk or wall calendar or a phone calendar. The important thing is keeping track of to-dos to avoid missing out on important details. You can do this daily, weekly or monthly, as long as you keep track of all that is needed to do and ensuring you do them.
Personally, I have notes where I write my weekly task. Everyday, I write this out on sticky notes and paste them in my office corner, rooms and sometimes behind my phone. Once I achieve any, I tick it off and focus on the next one.
4. Set Realistic Objectives for a Productive 2019
So for me, rather than list out what I want to do in a year, I set monthly or quarterly objectives. That way, it’s easier to pursue and track it.
Sometimes, we are too hard on ourselves and say we plan to build a house in 3 months on an income that isn’t even sufficient to buy a land.
If it works for you, set monthly realistic objectives. Say for instance you run a blog, you may want to say in the month of January, I hope to share 10 blog post, increase my traffic by 10,000 views and share more links.
Now, you have to break these into little task to make it work, like:
- Write more relatable posts that people would love to interact on and even share with friends.
- Promote your blog post like your life depends on it
- Research for content and take your time to write. Never be in a rush to share any post.
- Collect emails and make great use of newsletters to connect with your reader.
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5. Cultivate a Saving Habit
This has always been my mantra everyday of my life. While I’m one who splurge a lot because like the popular saying, ‘You only live once’, still I don’t joke with saving. If I have N1,000 and I’m splurging N400 and everyone thinks it’s N4,000, I’m low key saving N600 for days when there’s no rain.
6. Invest in Self Development
The world is gradually becoming a global village and so much trends we are used to are currently becoming obsolete. Start figuring out what you love doing best and taking crash courses in becoming a genius at them.
Do you wish to pursue your BSc, Masters or PhD, then go for it. Do not wait for others opinion to choose what you’d love to do or become. Learn new languages, dishes and skills and be the best version of you. Maximize the use of Linkedin, Coursera, Philanthropy University and the rest to learn new soft skills and develop yourself. Be very open to knowledge and also add value to others.
7. Insomnia is an Enemy of Productivity
A lot of times, I have battled with insomnia and it has decrease my level of productivity a whole lot. While it seems as if you are very efficient at night, half the time your thought process isn’t. And a whole lot of times, you are nearly not good and productive during the day as you have to take lots of caffeine to stay active.
At some point, I signed up for a sleep therapy to ensure I get adequate help.
Not sleeping well isn’t sane for anyone, it doesn’t make you a genius or an hard worker. Rather, it’s effect on your health is so bad and this makes you very unproductive. Ensure you take sleep serious and try as much as possible to get up to 6-7 hours of sleep daily.
What’s your mantra to a successful 2019 and what bad habit are you looking at dropping? Share your thoughts, you may be helping another.
Have a prosperous new year ahead.
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