Ahhhh… 2017 is here. And like every year before it, the start of January inspires new resolutions.
How are your resolutions going?
If you’re like most people, then chances are your resolutions succumbed to the same fate as the donuts in the break room on January 3rd.
Now isn’t the time to get discouraged, though. Don’t hit snooze on new year resolutions, vowing (unfaithfully) to try again in 2018. Instead, take on a resolution — or a few — that will help you start off 2017 right, from the minute you start your day.
Whether it’s first waking up in the morning or getting in the groove at work, here are some small, yet significant resolutions you can embrace for 2017.
Don’t hit the snooze button in the mornings!
Simple in principle, but difficult in practice, letting go of the snooze button can be one of the hardest habits to embrace. If you’re like me, you cherish every sweet second of sleep. But you are actually doing more harm than good when you try to squeeze in more zzzz’s.
Need help quitting the snooze button? Here are few tips:
- Set your alarm across the room, so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
- Plan your most exciting/engaging activities for first thing in the morning to give you an incentive to wake up.
- If you’re an extreme snoozer, you can take more drastic measures, such as investing in an alarm clock that prevents you from just hitting snooze.
Spice up your morning commute.
One of the best ways to be prepared for your day is to actually make it to work on time. Easier said than done, right? I mean who’s hard-pressed to rush out the door only to sit in traffic? But being on time relieves stress and sets you up to start your workday right.
Create incentive to leave the house a little earlier, or at least on time, by making your commute interesting.
If you’re driving to work, skip the boring playlist and opt for more enlightening/engaging entertainment. Podcasts are a great way to catch up on practically any topic, from current events and politics to science and audio dramas.
Those who aren’t driving have a plethora of options to expand their morning commute. Take advantage of the time by taking an online class or learning a skill such as basic coding. If you don’t have internet access, then take the opportunity to catch up on local news and current events in your industry.
Take a rain check on emails.
Okay so maybe you can’t put off emails for forever, but by giving yourself 30 minutes to an hour at work before you check email creates time to plan your day without distractions.
Emails are full of requests and interruptions. Typically, you already know what your key tasks are for the day, so organize those first. Once you plan out your day, then address your emails. The gaps in your day can be used for any reactive requests. Your response to requests will be more realistic and you’ll be less likely to push off important tasks.
The new year is the perfect time to implement any of these changes into your day, but don’t feel discouraged if you’re three weeks in and you don’t feel prepared to win in 2017. Now is better than never!
Have you embraced any of these day-conquering resolutions? Let us know how it is going in the comments! Or share your current New Year’s resolution, we love to see how people are challenging themselves to live better, more productive lives.