5 Life-Changing Hacks for a Productive Month Ahead

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s important to keep yourself and your commitments balanced and on track.

Here are 5 life-changing hacks you can use today to breeze through the holiday season.

1. Write out your goals: both big and small.

Take time at the beginning of the month to write out a list of goals you’d like to accomplish for the month. You can always add to this list as time goes on, so don’t stress out too much about not knowing what goals to write down. I recommend getting yourself some pretty stationery and having it specifically for goals.

Every day of the month before getting into your day, write down 5 goals you’d like to accomplish today. Block off time in your day to see those goals through.

Goal writing is especially helpful during the holiday season because as we all know, it can get pretty overwhelming. It’s better to take the time to make a list, than become overwhelmed without the list down the road.  There’s even a scientific explanation as to why writing your goals down helps you achieve them, so grab your rose gold pen and get writing!

2. Start your day with 5 minutes of self-connection time.

Whether it’s meditation, yoga, breathing, or just sitting with a cup of coffee, it’s so important to connect with yourself before trying to tackle any major tasks.

Check out this Headspace article about the benefits of a meditative morning practice.

A moment of peace can turn your whole day around or set your day up for success. As hectic as the holiday season is, self-connecting might be a beneficial way to keep your sanity.

3. Make manageable commitments.

Oftentimes, we find that we are overcommitted to things during the holiday season that we just can’t get out of. It’s okay to say no, not this year. You are allowed to do what is best for you, your schedule, and your family. It’s okay if you can’t make it to that white elephant gift exchange this year, even if it is via zoom and you did have some extra modern desk accessories to give away. Your friends and family will understand.

Before making a commitment, check your schedule and see if it’s in your best interest.

4. Do the task you are least looking forward to first.

You know the one. The one you keep pushing off day after day. How good would it feel to have it finished and crossed off? So good.

This task could even be something non-work related – like Christmas shopping. The more you push it off, the harder it is to find that stationery set box you were going to get for a stocking stuffer.  The harder it is to find anything!

Just. Get. It. Done. You will feel so much better, happier, and lighter.

5. Give yourself breaks.

Contrary to what our society thinks, it’s not actually good for you to be going all the time. It causes high levels of stress in the body, and can even lead to burnout. Click here to learn 5 reasons why you need to take a break.

If you spend all of your time and energy wrapped up in working and checking things off your list, how are you going to enjoy the beautiful holiday season at all? You won’t.

So stop, take a deep breath, and give yourself a break.

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