Follow These 10 Resolutions To Achieve More In 2015
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The year is wrapping up, and 2014 is coming to a close. As many of us look ahead to a fresh start in the new year, we should consider our work lives, personal lives, and our overall productivity. What can we do to save time, be more efficient, and crush 2015? There are simple tricks, hacks, and methods to instantly become more productive, with and without technology. We’ve rounded up ten of these tips to help you become a more productive person in 2015.
1. WAKE UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER TO GENERATE NEW IDEAS
By waking up just 30 minutes early and jumping right into the work, we can block our mental editor from hindering the idea-generating process. If you had a standard wake-up time in 2014, turn back the clock by 30 minutes, and wake up with fresh ideas for the day ahead of you.
2. COMPLETE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TASKS IN THE MORNING
Your brain is sharpest during the two to four hours after waking up, so each morning is a crucial window to get things done. Once you arrive at the office (on time or early), check in with your boss, and take care of the most important responsibilities first.
3. RE-STRUCTURE THE WEEKLY MEETINGS THAT WASTE PEOPLE’S TIME
Too many people get together without really knowing why, simply because it was on their weekly schedules. Most valuable meetings have one of three purposes: inform, discuss or decide. Delegates are rarely empowered to actually do something, which means a “decision” meeting gets turned into a “discuss” meeting with too many in attendance. If you can’t get the right people in the room, don’t have the meeting.
4. STOP USING THESE 10 WORDS IN ALL OF YOUR EMAILS
The 10 words to stop using in 2015: “unfortunately”, “but”, “sincerely”, “regrettably”, “best”, “amazing”, “statistically”, “formally”, “interestingly”, and “remotely”. These all either have negative or hyperbolic connotations, and when read, they can trigger emotions or feelings that might dissuade the reader from feeling good and responding positively.
5. WRITE YOUR EMAILS BACKWARDS TO GET BETTER RESPONSES
Put the action, request, or most important information in the first line of the email. In essence, you want to write your email backwards. Even if the goal of your email is just to provide information, put that “one thing” you want the reader to take away as the first line.
6. LEAVE WORK AT 2PM AND GO FOR A WALK
Each day at 2:00pm, take a break, perhaps go outside, and walk. This will allow you to subconsciously process your thoughts to help you perform better. It’s similar to the thinking we do in the shower, while cleaning, and performing simple tasks. Great ideas will come when you least expect them.
7. PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE IN REVERSE BEGINNING AT 5:30PM
Use your calendar instead of a to-do list. Assign a time slot to each responsibility, and plan your day backwards beginning at 5:30pm. The time slots create mini deadlines for each task, so you’ll be more inclined to finish on time, and leave the office at a reasonable time.
8. TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON TASKS THAT TAKE 2 MINUTES OR LESS
If you have a task or request that takes two minutes or less to complete, there is no point to push it off for later, which only makes your task list longer. Each time you follow this two-minute rule, you unlock the power of quick wins, and for each completed task, you gain momentum that makes it easier to conquer the next one.
9. ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS EVERY FRIDAY
We all have peaks and dips in performance, energy, and excitement, but asking yourself questions is important for personal success. You can create an ongoing journal that documents your personal growth.
10. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE FOR 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
It’s useful to create an enjoyable routine; one that both entices you to wind down and enables you to go from a period of activity to a period of rest. The transition is vital, and do your best to keep this time free of negative energy. If you think of something you need to do the next day, jot it down instead of reaching for your smartphone.
Save this article to become a more productive person in 2015. It’s a new year, and a clean slate for everyone. Make it your guide to new resolutions, and read it every so often to remind yourself that doing more, feeling better, and improving yourself can come in manageable, simple steps.
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