1. Buy A Diary
There’s no better way to get your head around starting a new year than by treating yourself to some shiny new stationery. It makes you feel organised. A new, neat diary is the perfect place to jot down your to-dos, appointments and even your shopping lists. It’s a place to get organised and the best part about it is that it doesn’t have to be charged (goodbye, cellphone lists, hello good old fashioned pen and paper!).
2. Start Meal Prepping
This might seem like a strange one but preparing your meals beforehand can really save time during the day and make you more productive. We’re not saying there’s no time for a lunch break (certainly not!), but eating home cooked food is better for you, anyway and thinking of what to eat when you’re stressed and busy results in convenience food, more often than not. Keep healthy snacks at hand so that those tummy grumbles don’t get too loud and distracting and you’ll find that your productivity increases tenfold. Healthy and productive = a win-win situation.
3. Get Organised
There’s a saying that goes “failing to plan is planning to fail” and we couldn’t agree more. There’s probably a lot you want to achieve in the new year (we’re with you on that) and there’s no better way to make your wishes come true than to facilitate them. What do we mean? Well, if you want to feel in control of the year, start each day off right. Prepare your meals the night before (or make a big batch of meals on the weekend and portion them out), lay your clothes out so that you avoid any last-minute wardrobe crises and do something that makes you feel good each morning, whether it’s waking up a bit earlier to indulge in a bubble bath, making time to get to the gym or even just listening to your favourite song before you get out of bed. It’s the little things, right?
4. Spruce Up Your Desk
It might sound like an obvious one but if you’re like most of us, you spend a lot of time at your desk. Make it nice, make it a place you want to spend time at. Whether this is by framing a picture of your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/kid/dog or by bedazzling your mouse is completely up to you. Just do something to make it yours and the days will fly by even quicker.
5. Create A Work Playlist
If you work in an open-plan office or the sound of Joburg traffic is your daily background noise, you need to a) invest in a good quality pair of headphones and b) create an office-appropriate playlist. Obviously, this playlist depends on what you do for a living but something upbeat to get you through those Monday blues and something soothing after a stressful meeting work wonders. If you find it difficult to work with music but need to block out the background noise, the best thing to do is YouTube sounds of the ocean. You’d be surprised at how relaxing and effective this can be!
Hopefully, with the abovementioned tips, you’ll be ready to tackle 2016 in no time! Good luck for the New Year, Joburg.
By Nikki Samakosky