The 10 Best New Years Resolution Ideas for 2023
Even though it may be difficult to accept, another year has (soon) come & gone, and a new one is about to begin. As we end the holiday season, we are about to enter another season that will follow immediately after. People from all over the world are thinking ahead to 2023 and what this new beginning will mean, and while doing so, many are making their new year's resolutions.
Here are ten New Year's resolutions that can help you succeed at work in 2023, especially if you want to make this year the most productive you've ever had.
Make better to-do lists.
To-do lists are an excellent tool for ensuring that all of your responsibilities are met while also providing you with a sense of fulfillment when you complete the tasks on there - as well as giving you a strong feeling of satisfaction based on the dopamine release that happens in mind as a result of your success. The simplest way to create and manage a to-do list is by using a digital tool like Pembio.
After all, what could be more gratifying than looking at a to-do list with every item crossed off?
When you make an effort to multitask, you are likely only able to complete a few tasks simultaneously. You are probably rotating your focus simultaneously between the jobs you are working on. You will need to focus on the other task each time you transition between various tasks. Only try to complete one activity at a time, focus on achieving it efficiently, and then move on to the next.
Give yourself plenty of care.
To become highly productive, we all need to develop and acquire the skills necessary to manage our physical, mental, and emotional health. To be successful in all facets of your life, you need to put some effort into it all - this means also eating well, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly to improve your health.
In this manner, you will feel energized and driven to work towards your ambitions for 2023, which will result in a life that is both productive and of high quality.
Take better notes
Taking notes is a talent that is frequently underutilized in the workplace, yet, having a robust process to take notes is crucial to ensure you have captured, and have access to, the information you require to be productive.
Make it a goal to improve your method of taking notes to ensure that you are recording the appropriate information and keeping it in a way that makes it simple for you to access it in the future when you need it. Your future productivity self will be grateful to you.
Set SMART Goals
Instead of making a more general resolution, you should define your new year's resolution as a concrete and measurable target.
Setting specific, measurable, realistic, achievable, and time-bound goals is at the core of the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting methodology and allow you to be highly international and very clear about what you want to achieve and how you'll get there and by when.
The more detailed you are when setting your goal(s), the better. It's better to stipulate that you will "connect with three new people in my sector each week" rather than a more generic statement and a goal such as "I hope to find a better job." Clearly, "getting a better job" might be precisely what you want to do, but this phrasing doesn't indicate how you should achieve that goal, or what you should do about it.
With the help of S.M.A.R.T. goals, you'll be able to determine if you're headed in the right direction toward achieving your objectives or whether you need to make additional course corrections.
Keep a regular and consistent sleep schedule
It doesn't matter if you rise early or you are a night owl; it's critical to your productivity that you get sufficient sleep and establish a regular schedule for when you go to bed and when you wake up.
The inability to plan efficiently is compounded by the fact that waking up at odd hours of the day and night disrupts your circadian rhythms, causing you to feel groggy and have difficulties concentrating when you're awake. Consider when you can get the most done and incorporate those hours into your sleep routine.
When you've settled on a consistent time to go to bed, you can do yourself a further favour, which is to not use your phone in bed - and switch off all of your other electronic devices at least 1 hour before you plan to go to sleep. This will help your brain to unwind in a phenomenal way, and you'll soon be experiencing fantastic sleep.
Make a New Year's resolution, and do your best to keep it.
Us humans are creatures of habit, which means that it is challenging to break a routine once it has been established. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true - establishing a new habit - when we're not doing anything - can also be an uphill struggle. However, while establishing a productive habit is not straightforward, it is well worth the effort. Establishing the foundation of your timetable should be your first step.
In your working day, which may - or may not - look something like: commute to the office at 8:00am., arrive at 9:00am., eat lunch at noon, then return home at 6pm, it is crucial to get a routine that will allow you to achieve the highest possible productivity levels during your working hours, considering the natural energy levels you possess and which alter during the day.
Many prefer to work in periods of 25 minutes - like a Pomodoro technique - while others have found that they are at their most productive when they rest for 17 minutes after every 52 minutes. Others thrive when they focus on deep work during 90 minute cycles. There is no telling which technique is best for anyone else, and you should experiment a little on your own, to find the routine that works best for you. Once you find it - commit yourself to stick to it! It will be so worth it, in the long run.
Turn off all of your alerts and notifications
When you're trying to get work done, alerts can be a significant disruption, even though it's natural to feel compelled to want to be the first to get to know when something important takes place.
In addition, most alerts are not helpful; for example, was it essential for you to be informed immediately when your high school friend uploaded an Instagram story for the first time in a while?
An easy trick to boost your productivity is to switch your phone to the "Do Not Disturb" mode, or indeed switch off your alerts while working. This will help you remain focused on the job, and, as a result, you'll get more done.
Allow yourself some morning silence
How you spend the first few minutes of each morning lays the groundwork for the remainder of the day. However, a significant number of us disrupt the vital processes that are going on at this period by checking our smartphones and reading through social media as soon as we wake up, frequently before we have even gotten out of bed. This is common practice, but a really bad idea.
Start by setting a simple goal for yourself, such as to not check your phone for 30 minutues after you wake up, to reduce the likelihood of unproductive and time-wasting activities like aimless web browsing. If you want to be even more ambitious, promise yourself not to use your phone until after you have finished eating breakfast. Regardless of your choice, the objective should be to safeguard this crucial period rather than overwhelm oneself with excessive stimuli immediately after waking up - let yourself ease into the day in a more relaxed, comfortable and balanced way.
The field of neuroscience is continuously uncovering further advantages of meditating. Regular meditation practice has several benefits, including but not limited to relaxation, mental health and stability, and attention, all of which can contribute to enhanced efficiency. Even better, several other New Year's resolutions on this list are excellent companions to your meditation practice. Do you want to get better at postponing satisfaction?
The next time you feel an impulse, talk yourself into sitting still and meditating for a few minutes. Or, instead of checking your phone as soon as you get up, try meditating for a few minutes first; this will assist you in clearing your mind and getting it ready for the day ahead.
Keep a level head, and do not set unreasonable expectations regarding your New Year's resolutions. It's better to set yourself a goal and resolution that you actually can achieve, than losing motivation based on the task feeling overwhelming. It takes patience to build a habit of productivity and focused work, so make sure your resolution feels relevant and that you can see yourself getting closer to it as you put in the effort.
The same goes in private and professional life. You might feel that you're stuck in a bad place, but you can absolutely impact your life and career positively by beginning with baby steps and proceeding deliberately, then building on those steps over time.
Productive people have developed their skills and ability to focus over time, rather than being born with natural abilities, and adopting these practices does not require a high I.Q. What you need is persistence, dedication and desire to increase your productivity and become a more efficient version of yourself. Nothing else is required.
By: Johan Flodgren