Holidays

3 Ways to Make 2019 Week One Productive

Happy New Year, everyone! We are officially two days in and confused about what day it is, what tasks we need to accomplish and recalibrating our brains for post-holiday chaos.

The fact that New Years Day fell on a Tuesday was catastrophic enough to our concept of time for the week and bouncing back, on top of all the new year intentions, resolutions and goals we’ve set for ourselves.

Here are a few ways to make sure you’re staying productive, without putting the pressure on yourself to jump in full force into all the tasks and projects that piled up over the holidays.

1. To Do Lists

It sounds simple, but a proper to do list (or to do lists) can be the difference between a hectic first week in to the new year and feeling like you have your grip on things. We can come into the office January 2 with swirling thoughts of the millions of things we need to get done. And this doesn’t just apply to our work life, but our personal life as well. All those tasks you pushed off til “after the holidays” are running on a hamster wheel in your brain without knowing where to start or what to do first.

Here’s how we “to do”:

  • Jot down everything (and we mean everything) you feel you need to do in bullet points on one sheet of paper.
  • Go through your list and categorize. Whether it’s “Work,” “Home,” “Self Care,” etc. And even sub-categorize within those.
  • Then, if applicable, order them by what you can accomplish first.

Taking all those thoughts out of our brains and putting them onto paper helps us to visualize everything we need to get done. In turn, this makes it all feel less daunting and frees your mind to focus on one task at a time.

2. Do the Little Things First

Once you’ve created your to do lists, or another form of mental organization you prefer, you can pick out the things that seem reasonable between now and Monday. Maybe it’s something as simple as “grocery shopping,” “taking down the holiday decorations” or “going through your email.”

You don’t need much to start feeling like you’re making headway on your lists and by breaking it down into smaller pieces, you can take it one step at a time instead of running around in circles no knowing where to start.

3. Take a Self Care Weekend

Alright, this might be the most challenging one to comprehend after coming out of the holidays and feeling like you’ve lost a bit of your drive because of all the time that went to socializing, holiday parties, and hanging out watching movies. But this, in fact, is the most important one.

Even when we love the holidays, they put a lot of stress on our bodies. We get a little out of whack running from one event to the next and making sure we’re getting everything done for the festivities. Taking a day or even just a few hours in the evening can help to free up our minds and prepare us for the first full week of the new year. Sunday is a great day to do this.

What is it you love to do? Do it. Whether it’s reading in a cozy chair, taking a bath, writing in your journal or reviewing your calendar and to do lists. Whatever it is that makes you feel calm, it’s worth taking the time to do it. You don’t need to rush into 2019 at full speed, neglecting your self care needs. This is a great time to set yourself up for success and take a moment to transition from holiday madness back into your regular, every day life.

What do you like to do after the holidays? Please share!

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