Whether you have a side project you’re hoping to work on in 2019, or you’re planning to kill it at work, one of your goals may be to be more productive in 2019. If this is the case, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re as productive as possible:
Get more sleep
Let’s face it: No one works well when they’re tired. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is common amongst people of all ages, and we often make it worse when we have too much caffeine to compensate. If you want to be your best, make a plan to help you get more sleep in 2019. This could mean creating a bedtime routine that helps you wind down, heading to bed an hour earlier, or trying to go to sleep at the same time every night- even on the weekends.
Take a break
That’s right- you’re much more likely to actually be productive if you’re taking time out throughout the year. But this means completely ignoring your work email and letting your colleagues know that you’re taking a break. Not only can this make you much more productive when you return to the office, but you’ll be refreshed and enjoy more creative thinking as well. This doesn’t necessarily mean flying halfway around the world. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and surly, find a last minute weekend break so you can return to work ready to be productive.
Consider your goals
It’s difficult to be productive when you don’t know what you’re working for. Whether you’re planning to save for a house, hoping for a promotion, or would like to start a side hustle, these are the things that will keep you going when you’re feeling ‘meh.’ Make a list of your goals for 2019, and next to each goal, write down why you’ve chosen that goal. Maybe you’d like to own property so you can feel secure before you start a family. Perhaps you’re hoping to start your own business so you can have flexibility and choose your own hours. Whatever your goals are, writing them down will make them more achievable.
Use the tools
There are so many great productivity tools available- from brainstorming apps to time-tracking, and more. If you have trouble staying on task, consider using an app that cuts off your access to the internet or the websites that distract you the most for a set amount of time. The Pomodoro technique is also a great option since you only need to focus for short amounts of time.