December is a relaxing period full of festivities, food and (hopefully) well-deserved rest. January, on the other hand, usually begins with a daunting transition from slow mornings sleeping in to fast-paced work days rushing out the door. So, we’re here to help you get back on track with five tips on how to get back on your grind in the midst of the chillier season.
Set Achievable Goals
Although many of us love to set ambitious resolutions for the start of the new year, not all of our goals may be achievable in the first month after the holiday season. Start your post-holiday recovery by setting short-term, achievable goals, whether that’s sorting through your inbox before work, eating more daily greens or cleaning out your closet. Every ounce of progress, no matter how small, is still an achievement.
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One of the best ways to clear your mind and increase productivity is to keep an organized space, both in your work life and mental health. Keep track of important dates, plan ahead for future events or deadlines and organize your schedule in a calendar or planner that is easy to reference. Clearing out unnecessary clutter can also aid in organization and help you maintain a healthy living environment at home. Create a space that you can feel inspired in by getting rid of items that you no longer need, organizing your work space and working towards a cleaner, more organized and productive environment.
Build a Routine
As difficult as it may be to return to the 9 to 5 work grind, it’s important to build a routine to keep yourself balanced during the work week. Try to wake up at the same time every morning and build a consistent routine for your work day. Your routine may consist of starting a new workout class after work or making extra time in the evening to catch up with friends and family, but establishing a schedule is essential in optimizing productivity in your daily life.
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Communication is Key
Challenges, obstacles and unanticipated road bumps are inevitable when returning to your grind and achieving your goals, but there are always people who can help you when you’re feeling lost. Remember the importance of communicating your feelings to your friends, family or coworkers, and know that it is always possible to ask for help when you are need of it. Clear communication is healthy and necessary when going through a rough patch, and there are always people willing to help.
Recognize the Balance Between Work and Play
Although it’s tempting to dive head first into work mode, it’s also important to remember the balance between work vs. play and preserving your mental health. Ask yourself: do you have enough time after work to dedicate to yourself? Will the stress of spreading yourself too thin harm your mental health or happiness? Don’t take on more than you can handle, and don’t overwork yourself in order to achieve your goals. Remaining happy, healthy and balanced is just as important as getting back into your work grind, and recognizing the balance between work and play is an essential part of making the most out of your work life in 2018.