Making Productive Changes for 2014

We all know the feeling – it’s January 1st and it’s time to make a list of our resolutions and goals for the new year.  How many of us actually stick to these goals for an extended period of time?  For many, once the excitement of the New Year wears off, our commitment to these resolutions begins to dwindle.  Maybe the best way to approach your resolutions is to focus on changing some of your everyday habits and make them a part of your daily routine.  In National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO’s) Focus newsletter, they outline a few productivity habits for 2014 that will make an impact both on your life and business.  Below are a few of their tips:

  • Take one thing at a time: It’s impossible to achieve everything at once. Break down the year and dedicate each month to a specific goal or change. If an unexpected change or opportunity comes your way, be open-minded and flexible, and let it take priority for the next few weeks.
  •  Make note of it: Setting daily priorities can be tough, especially if you are indecisive by nature. To make the most of your day, take lots of notes, either on paper or digitally on your smartphone or iPad. When a new task comes up, jot it down so you don’t forget. At the end of the day, review your notes and create a to-do list for tomorrow.
  •  Avoid addicting distractions: There are so many distractions in our lives: social networks, news websites and smartphones to name just a few. While these technologies are great, they can become addictive. Before you know it, you’ve spent an hour on Facebook when you could have accomplished three things on your to-do list. Make a conscious effort not to get sucked in for more than 5 minutes at a time.
  •  De-clutter your workspace: Is your physical and digital workspace cluttered? Clutter can be overwhelming and unproductive. The start of a new year is the perfect time to clean out your email in-box, delete old email messages and computer files you no longer need and file away—or better yet, recycle—the stacks of paper and folders that have been sitting on your desk for months.

 Trying to make a complete lifestyle change can be stressful.  Rather, focus on smaller daily tasks which will, in turn, create a more positive and beneficial impact in the long run.  To read NAWBO’s complete article, click here.