Our success lies in us, but it’s not easy to find it, especially in winter, when the weather and atmosphere outside the window are not encouraging. If you don’t have any idea how to succeed in the New Year, find out how productivity experts do it!
Three worldwide known productivity bloggers and coaches answered our question:
What is your best tip to kick-start the new year?
Read the answers below and find out what’s their recipe for success in 2018!
3 Hot Tips To Set Yourself Up For Success in 2018!
Lilach Bullock: Pick a plan!
Every year around this time, I hear people talking about their resolutions for the rest of year. Whether it’s going to the gym (i.e., paying for the gym but not going) or saving more money, or whatever else it might be, most people make some a few resolutions. But how many of them go through with them? I think that my best tip for the new year is to pick a resolution or a plan if you will and actually, stick to it. For example, don’t just say you’re going to the gym; pick a day of the week, a time, and make sure that whatever happens, you’re using that timeslot to exercise. Be specific – it’s much more difficult to lie to yourself that you’ll get to it when you know exactly what you’re supposed to do, and when.
BIO: Highly regarded on the world speaker circuit, Lilach has graced Forbes and Number 10 Downing Street. She’s a hugely connected and highly influential entrepreneur. Listed in Forbes as one of the top 20 women social media power influencers and was crowned the Social Influencer of Europe by Oracle. She is listed as the number one Influencer in the UK by Career Experts and is a recipient of a Global Women Champions Award for her outstanding contribution and leadership in business.
Hannah from Think Productive: Build a weekly review!
Building a weekly review habit will not only help you kick-start the new year but will also boost your productivity. A weekly review involves looking back at the past week(s) to see that you have captured all of your actions out of meetings, notes, and emails. Celebrate the things that went well and look into the things that didn’t go so well. Then you look at the weeks ahead. What can you do to make the next weeks go smoothly? Go to your calendar, your second brain (a sophisticated to do list) and a checklist to make sure you have everything in place to do your best work. This is your allocated time to do a lot of the thinking, so you can solely focus on doing the work after. Getting this review habit in place and sticking to it on a weekly basis will make all the difference to your productivity.
BIO: Think Productive is one of the world’s leading time management training providers. Their range of practical, human and straight to the point workshops have been transforming the productivity of leading companies and organizations around the world.
Annie Mueller: Get clarity on the goals!
Clarity and focus are the best tools for starting a New Year with a bang, and getting somewhere you want to be before it’s over! Take the time to work through your mental clutter, get rid of old, out-dated goals, and reduce the obligations and efforts that are no longer serving you. Remember that, as adults, we outgrow goals the same way we used to outgrow clothes as children. It’s part of the growth process. Get clarity on the goals you want to achieve in the new year; set your priorities according to those few goals; and then focus on those goals by spending at least 50% of your (work) time working toward them.
Annie Sisk – Think like a movie producer!
Forget about this “new year, new you!” BS. Put down the list of resolutions and habits and what-not. Instead, think like a producer. An actual-fax Hollywood producer, I mean. Your creative work, whatever it is? That’s your movie. How are you going to get it from concept to nationwide release? A movie, like most creative projects, is made possible by highly specialized, skilled artists and workers, each responsible for a very specific part of the whole. Who keeps the whole on track? The producer! Focusing on the process with an eye kept firmly on the intended production of whatever it is you’re working on helps you stay on track and avoid getting distracted with busy work that doesn’t really advance your purpose.
BIO: Annie Sisk is a writer who blogs about productivity at Pajama Productivity.