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5 Ways to Maintain Your Routine During the Busiest Time of the Year

This time of the year can hand us a lot, and it can be difficult to maintain our focus with the holidays coming, projects ending and looking forward to a moment to wind down after a busy year.

We are living in a time full of constant alerts, notifications, distractions, and opportunities. With that in mind it’s no wonder we find ourselves pulled away from what really matters:

Our goals, business, and aspirations.

As the year comes to a close, this is the perfect opportunity to re-center yourself, your agenda, and your goals. Take some time in the coming weeks to get yourself back on track and in the right headspace to tackle the upcoming year.

1. Establish a Nighttime/Morning Routine

The end of the day is just as important as the start, and they equally impact your energy. Look to make a routine that is realistic for you: a set dinner time as well as the time you’ll wake up.

Work towards doing something productive within the first hour of waking up. This could be writing a to-do list for the day, answering emails, hitting the gym, or even doing some laundry.

2. Ditch the Distractions

We’ve all been there, pressed for time on a project and you find yourself checking Facebook, e-mails, or random apps that have nothing to do with your work.

If you are continuously switching between tabs every time you get a new e-mail, then you are only disengaging and re-engaging your focus, cutting your productivity.

When it’s time to buckle down, you should avoid using your phone, checking any websites, or apps that aren’t related to the task at hand. Keeping your phone on silent is also a great option, if possible.

3. Realize it’s Okay to Say No

This may be the most difficult one, especially if you are an overachiever. However, we must recognize that interruptions come in all forms—even people.

If you experience delays quite often, specifically in office settings, then consider implementing these ideas to save yourself time and keep your workflow solid.

  • Set aside a block of time that is specifically for answering questions from others. If you stick to this time closely, others will too.
  • Block out your calendar, so colleagues know that you’re not available.
  • Let your co-worker know that you’ll get back to them at a more convenient time and then look for a free moment when you can address them.

4. Make Your Calendar Your Best Friend

Keeping track of everything from meetings to personal appointments will allow you to track your time. An updated calendar will show you how to organize effectively as well as identify where you’re mismanaging time.

Choose a color for each category of your calendar (e.g., Red for work, green for family, and purple for fitness, etc.)

5. Take Time for Yourself

A day off is a necessity to our productivity! Spending all of your time planning and scheduling is not conducive to a healthy life; sometimes we must embrace the spontaneity that life can bring.

Choose a day just to let go of your routine and enjoy what may come your way.

While you are taking the time to get yourself ready for the next year, don’t forget that you can keep up with us and our weekly posts!

Check out the first chapter of our book to see how you can tap into the force that drives your success!

 

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5 Ways to Maintain Your Routine During the Busiest Time of the Year
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As the year is coming to a close it can be easy to lose focus and routine. Check out our tips to see some ways in which you can realign yourself.
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