Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season and were able to enjoy some much-deserved relaxation time… I know I did! With a new year here, it’s easy to feel the pressure to have all of your shit together. Let’s be honest, most of us are just trying to ease back into work after the past few weeks of holiday celebrating. I’ve learned to give myself a break as a new year comes- not put too much on my plate, and start the year in a way that feels comfortable to me. That being said, I still think it’s important to set goals and hold yourself to a high standard, just don’t feel like you need to do it all at once.
Instead of creating a ton of lame resolutions that probably aren’t going to happen, I like to work on creating productive habits throughout the entire year. This has worked well for me as these habits actually stick and make a difference in my life, instead of something I think of on a whim that lasts 2 weeks. If you’re feeling the same vibe as me this year, keep reading for a few productive habits you can start in 2024.
Rise and Shine
In 2024, let’s say goodbye to the snooze button. I know, I know, a lot of you are probably already scrolling past this tip, but let’s get real. The snooze button does NOT start your day on the best note. In 2024, set that alarm, summon the energy, and tackle the day like the responsible adults we are (or pretend to be…). The bills aren’t going to pay themselves.
Get a Planner
Get yourself a planner, physical or digital – not because it’s cute, but because adulthood is a hot mess. Jot down your goals, aspirations, and deadlines. It will keep you on track regardless if you use it for everything or just for your daily list of tasks for work.
Try Time Blocking
I’m a biiiiig time blocking girl (more on this here) and if you don’t time block yourself, I highly recommend you start. Time blocking is a time management technique where you divide your day into blocks of time and assign specific tasks or activities to each block. Instead of simply creating a to-do list, you allocate dedicated time periods for different types of work. It basically helps you stay focused, organized, and efficient throughout the day. I don’t do this every single day, but for those days when I feel like I have way more work than I can handle, it’s super helpful.
Say ‘No’ (Because You Can’t Please Everyone, and Frankly, Who Cares?)
Politely declining invitations and extra work projects isn’t being rude; it’s survival. In 2024, embrace the art of saying ‘no’. Your time is precious, and this year we’re ditching the people-pleasing tendencies. Once I started to really prioritize myself, I noticed how much it improved my mental health. Fill your time with people and activities that you actually enjoy and that fill up your cup.
Try a Regular Tech Detox
Social media isn’t going anywhere, but you can. Set specific times for the endless scroll and then forget about it. Unfollow people who don’t make you feel good, mute notifications, and enjoy a screen-free moment. Balance is key, and you’ll be shocked at home much better you truly feel.
Take Breaks (Really)
Taking breaks is essential. Whether it’s a power nap, a short walk, or a snack, treat yourself kindly. Life is demanding enough, so let’s not forget to recharge when needed.