The new year is here! And, as usual, many people will be looking to make a fresh start by making their New Year’s resolutions.
So, what are some new routines you can adopt to make sure you get 2014 off to a good and productive start?
One of the most important things you can do is take care of yourself – to do the things you need to make sure you have the energy and focus you need to get your work done and done well. And that all begins with sleep.
Most people don’t get enough sleep. Research has shown that if you want to be alert, focused, thinking clearly and creatively, you need to get your eight hours. Fewer hours will affect your alertness and attention span. You also need to build breaks into your day. Studies have also shown that the maximum amount of time that a person can focus intensely is about 90 minutes. After that, you need to take a break to rest and recuperate.
Another practice to start for the new year – if you are not doing it already – is an exercise routine. The health benefits of exercise are numerous, both physically and mentally. Exercise will improve your thinking and your attitude, as well as make your body more resistant to disease. It is a routine that cannot help but increase your productivity in the new year. Even taking a short walk every day will have great benefits.
Another way to increase your energy is with the food you eat. Eating high-energy foods every three hours during the day is another good routine to get into. These are foods with lean protein and complex carbohydrates.
Finally, another habit to develop is doing one thing at a time. Multitasking is really just a myth, because our minds can only focus on one thing at a time. So, a good routine to get into is making a to-do list in the morning, listing the items in order of their importance, and then doing the most important thing first, when you are the most refreshed and alert.