With a new year comes a fresh start and the opportunity to become a better version of ourselves. However, grandiose resolutions may seem a little overwhelming. Instead, I'm committing to small improvements that can be implemented everyday.
Below are five habits to increase productivity and efficiency in order to turn ideas into reality - and still have time to sleep at night!
1) Focus on one thing at a time.
Studies have shown that multitasking is less efficient than intently working on one task and finishing it properly. Start with the least time-consuming thing on your list and gradually shift to the next task when the first is completed.
2) Tackle important tasks when your mind is fresh.
The majority of people, including me, operate best in the morning hours when they are well-rested. Concentrate on the most challenging and thought-provoking tasks right after your first cup of coffee.
3) Do the most unpleasant tasks as soon as possible.
It's easy to postpone doing the things that you don't really want to do, but they will continue to weigh on your mind. Instead, check the least interesting tasks off of your To-Do list first. Then you can focus your energy on what you enjoy.
4) Take periodic breaks.
Work rigorously without any distractions for 45-90 minutes, and then take a 15 minute break. After too much intense concentration, your ability to focus begins to fade and you won't perform as optimally. Use a quick 15 minute break to walk around or answer phone calls - you'll end up feeling re-energized and may even come up with your best ideas then.
5) Plan your outfits for the week.
Waking up to emails and a busy day of meetings is stressful enough. Make your morning easier by already having your clothes set aside. My designs are reversible to provide multiple outfits in one, so it only takes a minute to pick out your clothes and be prepared for anything the week throws at you.
In above photo of weekly outfit planning, I only used two of my designs.
Danielle - you get two cardigans and two dresses in one!
Andela - reversible and you get two distinctively different looks in one!
I also stylized the 5 looks with 3 of Chloe+Isabel's convertible necklaces.
As you can see we love convertibles! I pretty much want everything in our life to be multifunctional and convertible so we can save money, time, space and time! And these products will help us become more efficient and productive!
Photos Courtesy of: 1) Arkadin; 2) The New York Times; 3) Jotting From Jill; 4) Online Learning Tips; 5) Jia Collection, Chloe+Isabel