How to Jump Start the New Year

Dave Blankenhorn

Dave Blankenhorn

 

While many of us still haven’t turned on the furnace the fact is 2014 is drawing to a close. That of course means it is time to start planning for the New Year. It might be a good time to reflect personally on what has worked or not worked during this past year plus explore some ideas to improve personal productivity in the year to come. Here are some suggestions:

  • Organize your space. This may mean getting the clutter off of your desk and/or organizing files more efficiently in your computer. Delete or move old files and icons.
  • Plan ahead by setting personal short term and long term goals.
  • Do the most difficult things when energy levels are highest.
  • Take a break between difficult tasks. A short walk can be more refreshing than another cup of coffee.
  • Use the right tools and automation to be more efficient. This could mean better software or technology but it could also be building better templates for more routine items.
  • Learn to delegate intelligently. Let someone else take on some of those “only I can do it” jobs. You might be pleasantly surprised when they do it better.
  • Minimize distractions. Set priorities and focus on the most critical tasks at hand.

Being more productive not only will help your organization but will give you more time to be with your family and friends.

Have a Healthy, Happy 2015.

Author: Dave Blankenhorn, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org