So the craziness of Christmas has died down, family have gone home and you’ve gone back to work… January can be a long and draining month and it can be easy to feel a little overwhelmed.
I’ve put together five things to do to instantly feel more productive this month…
Have a clear out
Is there anything more satisfying than having a massive clearing out session of all the stuff you no longer want or need?
After Christmas, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have new things that won’t have a home until you’ve managed to get rid of some of your old things, so get to it and I guarantee you’ll feel more on top of things. A tidy home is a tidy mind and all that.
Create a Schedule
I always feel better when I have an idea of what I’m doing. I’ve been scheduling my blog content in advance for awhile now and find it really helps me to be organised and get posts written even during a hectic week.
Whether you are a blogger or not, having a daily and/or weekly schedule of everything you want and need to do will have you feeling like you have everything together.
I started meal planning last year and really enjoyed it. Not only does it save me time deciding what to eat every day, it has also saved me money as I’m not wasting as much food and only buying what I actually need each week.
One thing I want to do differently this year is to be a bit more adventurous and creative with the meals I plan as I tended to get into a bit of a rut with it last year and we had the same few meals on rotation.
Start a Gift Drawer
Everybody has ‘the drawer’ in their home- the one full of all the random bits and pieces that don’t have a proper home.
This year, why not clear out the drawer and make it into a gift drawer. Fill it with scissors, sellotape and plenty of wrapping paper and cards for all occasions and every so often add a gift or two in there so that when a birthday comes round you aren’t frantically running to the shops. I am going to be doing this year.
Break Down the Year
This is something I have taken from a book I got for Christmas. Goals can be quite daunting if you look at them altogether and it’s all too easy to not stick to them.
Have a sit down with a pen and paper and break your goals down, allocating one or two to each month.
Having a small goal to complete monthly will seem a lot more achievable, and the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you get them done will be worth the effort!