A new year is around the corner, and we know you want to start it on a great note.
If you want to know more about how you can get the best out of 2021, read on.
Reduce The Pressure
You may be going into 2021 with the dashed dreams of 2020. The desire to get back what you lost in 2020 is good, but you should remember that we are still living in uncertain times. Avoid putting unnecessary pressure on yourself, and learn to take life one day at a time.
A great way to do this is by streamlining your goals into the most important, then breakdown what you need to do to achieve these goals into daily activities.
For instance, for personal or professional development, you can allocate 1 – 2 hours daily to reading and learning about any topic of your choice. This is a less daunting and more practical approach to making your dreams come true.
I survived in 2020 and remained productive even during dark times because of checklists. I found them especially useful in executing tasks for work and my personal life. They also helped me with prioritizing and reduced my stress levels.
If you are not already a fan of checklists, start using them more in 2021. You’d be amazed at how productive you will be.
Also, your mental health will improve, because you will be more efficient and less stressed.
Gain Control Over Your Life
If you only do things when you feel like doing them, you will end up achieving little in 2021. Emotions are fickle, and what you may be feeling now is not the sum of who you are. So, go against your natural inclination from time to time to get things done. This action will help you at work and in your relationships too.
What’s more, it is another way of building your discipline levels and taking control of your life.
What you feel is valid, but your emotions should not run your life.
For instance, if you only workout whenever you feel like it, your target of getting fitter in 2021 will not happen. Motivate yourself with checklists, and reward mechanisms!
Do this and see your productivity soar in 2021!
Spend More Time With Your Loved Ones
The pandemic has shown that life is indeed fickle. Maybe you always think you have more time with those that matter to you. Or you keep chasing one milestone and postponing spending time with your loved ones. You may even justify this by telling yourself that you are working hard to make life better for them.
Sure, you are right, but you must invest in your relationship with your family and friends. Money makes life wonderful, but it will not form or deepen those bonds.
In 2021, take more vacations to get to know your loved ones better, focus on buying experiences instead of material goods for them.
For instance, going shopping with your teenager will be more eventful than giving him or her money to get what they want.
The clock is ticking, and every second gone is forever lost.
Remember, time well spent will always be worth it.
If you’ve been sleeping for less than 7 hours, this should change in 2021. 7 – 9 hours of sleep is what is healthy adults need to ensure that they are well-rested to take on a new day. Research has shown that having less sleep reduces your quality of life, productivity, and longevity too. So, promise to get enough rest in the new year.
Spend More On Experiences
In 2021, try to spend more on experiences than on possessions. Research has shown that experiences result in happiness that lasts longer than the experiences from possessions. For instance, the euphoria of getting a new phone may fade away, but the memories and joy from a pleasant weekend getaway with your loved ones will linger for years to come. They can even serve as a soothing balm during tough times.
So, invest in your long-term happiness.
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We wish you the best in the coming year!
Live more life in 2021.
By Dr. Okonkwor Oyor C.