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Keeping Those New Year's Resolutions and Favorite Productivity Tips


Sarah Miller, President, Set Now Solutions and CorpNote

By Sarah Miller
2/1/2013

The making of New Year's resolutions is said to date back to the ancient Babylonians who would make promises to their gods at the start of each year. It was then picked up by the Romans and other cultures and somehow morphed into a secular tradition that is part of popular culture today. But keeping those New Year's resolutions can be tough and sometimes you might wonder why on earth you made them in the first place!

Whether you have made a resolution or you're thinking of making one, this month's newsletter focusses on how to keep you motivated towards achieving your goals. Even if you think New Year's resolutions are silly, you will still get some helpful tips for getting organized and being more efficient.
 
My favorite tip is one I use every day. It really does help me keep sane when I look at my 6 page to-do list. Sigh. At the end of each work day, I take the top 5 tasks I need to accomplish the next day and write them in order of priority on a sticky note. I then stick it to the bottom of my monitor. As I go down the list, I cross off completed tasks. If I am feeling particularly dismayed about completing a task I really don't want to do, I will come up with a 'treat' that I can have when I finish the task. I write that on its own sticky note and then collect on it when I accomplish the task.
 
Another tip I use every day, is to break down larger tasks into smaller tasks. Everything gets written down (on paper) and when it's completed it gets crossed off. That way each small task gets me closer to achieving the bigger goal. I always feel relieved as I cross items of the list regardless of how big or small the task!
 
My 2nd favorite tip is to NOT check email all day. It's tempting but a huge distraction. I take specific times of day, or wait til I am in between projects, to check email.   I then respond to the urgent items, sometimes reorganize my task list to accommodate for emergencies and then get back to my task list for the day.
 
I hope you find some other helpful tips in this month's newsletter and please share your tips with us on our CorpNote Facebook page.  


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