Ok, let’s face it: we’re ready for a break. Even if we’re no longer in school and get to experience the luxury of Christmas holidays, we’ll be off for at least a few days in December, and let’s be real, 2018 was a longgg year. I don’t know about you, but we’re TIRED! And being tired can only lead to being burnt out, and in turn not being as productive as you’d like to be. Or as you’d be in say, January. We know it’s hard to stay sane after a really long year of ups and downs, but it’s more important than ever to focus on your productivity and ending the year with a bang.
MAKE A TO-DO LIST:
The easiest way to accomplish all of the tasks you want to achieve before the end of the year is to start by writing them down. The next few weeks are going to be busy, and probably insane, so it’s important to remain focused on the tasks at hand, and to ensure you’re crossing them off one by one. If something is on the list, you have to get it done. Not on the list? Don’t do it! Whatever you’ve taken the time to write down on the list is clearly a priority or a necessity. So make sure you stick to your list!
PRIORITIES ARE KEY:
Before you can even write your to-do list, you need to figure out what your priorities are. This is the key to being more productive. Start by assessing what you need to do, and where you need to spend your time, and be honest about it. Make sure you’re giving priority to projects that will take more time, energy or research to complete. And make sure you’re prioritizing each and every project in its own way so that everything that needs to get done actually gets done.
Repeat after us: there’s a time to stop. Yes, while the next few weeks are absolutely chaotic, that doesn’t mean you have to go into overdrive trying to get every last thing done yourself. Know when to stop. Burnout is real, and even more so at stressful times. So listen to your body and give yourself a break when you need it. Especially when you have so much to do, it can be scary to just stop for an hour or two, but this is when it’s needed most. You know what your body can handle, so don’t push it past unnecessarily.
GET SOME REST:
This goes hand in hand with the last point, but it’s so so so important we needed to say it on its own. Make sure you’re getting sleep. This time of year is hectic enough already, you don’t need to try it on minimal sleep. With no sleep, not only are you more susceptible to getting sick and derailing your productivity plans, but you’re also irritable and less focused, both of which directly impact your productivity levels. So make sure you’re taking the time to tune out, tuck into bed and get your ZZZZs like your sanity and productivity depends on it, cause it actually does.