Don’t fall victim to New Year resolution burn out. Save time and energy by incorporating these personal resolutions into your professional life.
Wake Up Earlier
What would you do with an extra half hour a day?
The thought of gaining 30 minutes a day may seem like a pipe dream to many, but it actually isn’t. The secret is, you have to be willing to wake up just a bit earlier than you usually do.
For most of us, this means simply getting up the FIRST time the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze four times in a row; you’ll save 20 to 30 minutes right there! For people who already wake up with alarm, this means going to sleep 20 to 30 minutes earlier and waking up that amount of time earlier the next morning.
Most people feel harried and unfulfilled because they dedicate much of their day to doing something for others, at home and at work. Adding up to a half an hour to the top of your morning isn’t so much about getting more done as it is intended to give you a few extra minutes a day to indulge in something selfish. Think of a hobby or activity that you’ve always wished you had more time for and do it first thing in the morning. This could be reading, meditating, or simply going for a morning walk. This is your “you time.” Enjoy it early and often!
Become More Active
Now that you’re committed to waking up early, you might as well make the best use of that extra time. Instead of diving head-first into a pile of emails and paperwork, make good on another popular resolution: exercising more.
According to Gretchen Reynolds, the author of The First Twenty Minutes (a forthcoming book regarding the science of exercise) low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercise can reduce stress and boost productivity levels. “Exercise,” she writes in this New York Times article, “…does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.”
You don’t necessarily need to become a workout warrior to reap the energy-boosting benefits associated with regular exercise. Simply taking a walk several times a day can help reset and revitalize your mind and body. In fact, this works so well that many businesses leaders now host “walking business meetings,” taking their team on short walks or hikes as they discuss business matters.
Let. It. Go.
This year, promise yourself that you won’t sweat the small stuff. Let go of any and everything that you have no control over–in your personal life as well as in you professional life. When we worry about the what-ifs and woulda-shoulda-couldas, we waste valuable mental and emotional energy.
Instead of harping on past mistakes and shortcomings, accept that what’s done is done. If you can learn from it, learn from it and use those lessons moving forward. If there was never anything that you could have done about it, accept that and move on. You should only look back at these scenarios to search for clues as to what you could have done better. More often than not, most of us drop the ball because we were juggling too many to begin with. If you can, delegate tasks at work and at home. If you can’t share the load, accept that you’re only one person and you can only do but so much.