New year, new you, riiiiiight? Sure, we’ve heard this saying before and, chances are, you made a New Year’s resolution promising yourself that 2017 will be the year your career takes off! (we believe in you!)
But, let’s be honest, it can be pretty tough to remain cool, calm and collected, especially the first week back of the year.
Don’t allow your confidence to be knocked, however. Throw back those shoulders, stand up tall and read on for some pro tips to help you start your work year like a boss.
Create The Perfect Workspace
Take things up a notch and create a new workspace. While you probably can’t redesign your entire office, you can control what your desk area looks like. Add a little nature to your space with a plant or two, and why not get inspired with a few quotes, too? Add a pic of your fave people and you’ll feel as cool as a cucumber ready to take on the world. Yes!
Take Breaks Throughout The Day
They say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and this is especially true for people who think that being glued to a chair in front of a computer means you’re working hard. Studies show that taking five minutes of ‘me’ time throughout the day will help clear your head which will make you more productive. Ever been sitting at your desk and stuck on something? Go for a quick walk and get some fresh air outside. We promise you’ll be better for it.
Learn To Work Smarter, Not Longer
In 2016 did you spend your working days pulling long hours and slogging away at your desk? If so, it’s time to embrace a new philosophy to work smarter, not longer! Instead of wasting away your day frantically answering emails and sipping coffee after coffee after coffee, without being productive, use your time wisely. Plan your day before you start work and be realistic about how much you can get done in your set hours.
Write A To-Do List The Night Before
This leads to our next point: write a to-do list the night before. Ever spent the evening in bed trying to sleep while going over everything you have to do when you get back to work? Instead, try writing your to-do list the night before so you can put it aside until you’re ready to tackle the tasks in the morning. It’ll also allow you to hit the ground running as soon as you arrive at the office.
Then Start The Day With Your Most Dreaded Task
Have you heard the saying ‘eat the frog first’? While you don’t have to literally eat a frog, make it a priority to do the task you’ve been putting off the most. Once it’s done you can move onto the fun stuff!
Log Off At Home
Ok, so we know it’s not possible to log off in the evenings every day of the week, but how about just once? Leave your laptop at work and try to stay away from checking your phone as well. You’ll have a much better sleep and will be so much more productive the next day.
Start Your Day With Gratitude
It may sound a bit corny, but studies show that starting your day with gratitude will set you up right for the rest of your day. Wake up and be thankful for at least one thing that will relate to the day ahead. Try it and see how your mindset changes. We dare you.
Embrace Constructive Criticism
Constructive criticism is all about how you take it—some people thrive while others…well let’s just say they feel like crawling into a hole and crying. No judgement on our behalf either way, but you can start your work year with a different mindset, because no doubt you’re going to have a few run-ins with some constructive criticism. Look at it as a learning experience, because we’re all about learning right? You paid a trillion dollars at uni to learn, and now you’re lucky enough to get paid to learn.
Sort Your Summer Work Wardrobe
There’s nothing we dread more in the new year, when it’s the peak of summer, than trying to figure out what the f*** to wear in the sweltering heat. Getting flustered over trying to find an outfit can be a huge time waster, and won’t help you roll into work like a boss. So, plan your outfits in advance to avoid post-traumatic stress of not having anything to wear.
Sit Down With The Team And Brainstorm
There’s nothing like getting the creative juices flowing by having a brainstorm meeting post-summer holidays with all the ideas you’ve stewed up. Creative ideas can come when you’re doing the most random things…or nothing at all. You’d probably been pushing your luck and draining all your creative energy at the end of 2016, so now is the time to sit down with your team and have a brainstorm session on how to make 2017 the best year yet.
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