The holiday decorations have been put away, New Year’s champagne is *uhum* gone, and you might be feeling like life (and all your stuff) is right where it should be. If you’re anything like me, now’s the time to check yourself. Maybe you lost your keys (in your pocket) this morning or arrived at the post office to pick up groceries yesterday. Worry not.
Even those of us who work really hard to stay on top of everything, need a few strategies to keep our $#*t together in the new year. As a list loving, calendar appointment making, filing fool, I thought my overly organized friends out there might appreciate a few 2017 zen-maintaining tips to put in your back pocket. You know, just in case you find yourself in a sanity losing moment sometime this year.
1. Three do.
Armed with your morning beverage, sit down and make a list of three things that absolutely must get done today. Don’t get carried away. No matter how overwhelming the day/week/month/job seems, keep it to three. We’ll deal with the rest later.
2. Make a list. Keep it going.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on your phone, forehead, Google calendar, or sticky note, find a list keeping method that works for you and stick with it. As you complete tasks, don’t delete them, just mark them through. Not only does this keep you reminded of how amazing you are, but it helps when your review time comes around. You’ll already have a detailed account of all the things you’ve accomplished this year. The level of detail you include is totally up to you, but even with a few words, you can keep track of those sneaky projects that have the potential to slip through the cracks.
3. Keep ubiquitous contact lists.
It’s a little extra work to get started correctly, but because most people prefer their name over “the girl with short hair I met at that thing last week,” it will boost your professional credit to make good notes about those people you exchange contact information with if you add them to your contact list right away.
4. Eat that frog.
Nothing stops productivity faster than having that one thing you know you should be doing hanging over you. Even if you’re getting other things done, it’s going to increase your confidence and focus if you get the distractions out of the way. So, do that thing you are dreading first. (AKA – eat the frog)
5. Use the recycling/trash bin.
My mother has accused me of trying to throw out my birth certificate before, but all things in moderation, right? It is amazing how much more in control you’ll feel when you dump that stack of “I’d like to read some day” clippings, or meeting notes from four years ago. A clutter free work space is an important mental cue to yourself that you can get straight to work.
Lillian Graning is the Chief Marketing Officer for the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority serving Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, and Nicholas counties. She serves on the board of directors for Generation West Virginia and Active Southern West Virginia. She enjoys helping nonprofits and small businesses bring their brands to life while building a stronger regional business network. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Charlie, and their one year old daughter, Mary Eliza.
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- Track #1 is NSFW and not intended for little ears.
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