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A New Year, A New Me: 7 Tips on How to Be More Productive or Timely

Article January 12, 2021

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Get thinner, eat better, learn to...? New Year’s resolutions often relate to working life. We’ll advise you on how to fulfill the seven most common resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are a part of the end of December just like gifts or gorging on homemade Christmas cookies. But only with a full stomach at the start of January does the real work begin. To keep your resolve beyond the first two weeks, you can help yourself out with the right tactics, or smart technologies.

Be More Productive

How can you get more done in the new year? Do less! “According to neurologists’ research, our brains need on average 10 to 20 minutes in order to fully return their attention to the work they were doing before an interruption.

Also, they are not capable of multitasking, something that most of us think we handle perfectly every day. Yes. We handle it. But unfortunately we do so at the expense of very quick exhaustion of our mental capacity,” warns coach Irena Houdková.

How can you limit the main sources of distractions? For example you can limit your time spent on social networks using the app named Kill News Feed. You can put your phone on ice for a bit with help from the app named Forest. Or try out the “pomodoro technique” applied by experts like the IT specialist Lukáš Barda.

Get Your Affairs in Order

You don’t have to be a strict devotee of the ”Rabbit (Zajíc) Method” of organizing the stuff on your desk... but maybe you just can’t find something from time to time? Don’t expect your messy behavior to change from day to day.

“If you can, divide up your big goal into several smaller ones. Instead of telling yourself you’ll get absolutely everything in order and give it all a system, focus on one thing in one day. Today I’ll describe the one most important process. Or: Today I’ll clean up on top of my desk and order binders,” explains coach Simona Bodláková.

Be Timely

If you have to run an involuntary 800-meter race before every other meeting, that’s hardly helping your place on the workplace ladder. But you can focus on this bad habit after the new year too. A good calendar should be the foundation. If it’s in digital form too, like e.g. in the DigiCal app, you can set up as many notifications as you want. Then just be sure you listen to them.

Stress Out Less

If there’s one thing we’ve all really experienced in 2020, it’s stress. How can you ensure lower levels of this stress hormone in the new year? “Set clear borders between your work and your private life. Learn to say NO to other people’s demands that aren’t in harmony with your convictions or long-term goals. Have the courage to ask for help,” is Irena Houdková’s listing of some of the basic principles.

Mindfulness practices help you fight against stress as well. Applications can help with this as well—for example Smiling Mind.

Getting to Sleep on Time

Do your eyelids droop at work every afternoon, but then you can’t kick yourself into bed at night? Just like with every other resolution, the foundation for success is to give yourself the right motivation.

“Start by imagining what it will be like once you’ve kept your resolution and made it an everyday part of your life. If you go to sleep every night on time, what will it mean in your life? Will you wake up better? Manage to eat breakfast with your family?” advises Bodláková.

You can help yourself out with specific steps as well. If for example the stumbling block lies in long nights on your phone, why not shorten them by setting a “curfew?”

Find a Better Job

The new year is also a time to weigh the scales. For just that reason, you may very well become aware that your current work life doesn’t suit you. Are you considering a radical change?

“First you need to realize what you really want. After all, often people run away from what they don’t want, but don’t know how to verbalize what they really do want. Or don’t know it. So a large part of the work is thinking about what kind of work it should be and also why,” is the advice that career advisor and coach Tereza Valášková gives as for where to begin.

Plan B?

Even in cases where you don’t manage to keep your resolutions, don’t give up on yourself. “New Year’s resolutions often tend to be radical, ambitious, demanding. Keeping them demands a strong will and overcoming yourself,” warns coach Alena Bartoníková.

“Try taking a different tack. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, set your priorities for 2021. Don’t choose too many of them, optimally three, maximally five,” she advises. Then regularly remind yourself of precisely these priorities and actively work on them based on your current possibilities for a particular day.