Adapting new habits is always a challenge, but it is a necessary step in self-improvement and reaching important personal and professional goals. After the stress of last year, most of us are looking to 2021 with hope and are ready to make positive changes in our lives. Here are some new habits that can help you start the new year off right.

Take Control Over Technology

More than ever, it has become apparent that technology like smartphones, social media, and email can be both productive tools and unwanted diversions. Practicing digital decluttering as a habit that can help you reduce tech-related distractions while allowing you to still get the most out of technology. Most people aren’t willing to give up technology they find useful, and some don’t have the choice if it is a work requirement. But decluttering doesn’t mean you have to eliminate or reduce the tech that you use. They key is adjust how you interact with digital tools. For example, reduce the amount of times a day you check your inbox and cut down on multitasking. Start by monitoring your behavior and identifying what leads you to become distracted.

Editing Your Schedule

In recent months, people have been working longer hours and attending more meetings. This is particularly true for remote employees because the line between work life and home life is often less distinct. The reality is overworking yourself doesn’t make you more productive. It just makes it harder for you to stay focused and alert. Editing your schedule is a one habit that can improve your productivity and help prevent burnout. One helpful change you can make is to set aside designated time slots each week for meetings. Time-blocking is also a good strategy. Organizing your tasks each day into time slots can cut down on multitasking and accommodate the distractions and disruptions that come with working from home.

Make Setting Boundaries a Habit

In 2020, a lot of people found themselves in a position where their job and their family were under the same roof for the first time. They had to divide their attention between work, chores, housemates, kids, and schooling. While many professionals will still be juggling many responsibilities in the new year, that doesn’t mean you can’t start setting better boundaries for yourself. As life continues to become increasingly chaotic, it is important to identify behaviors and activities that promote self-care and allow yourself time to take care of yourself. This is the only way you can maintain a sense of balance.

Now that the new year has officially begun, it is time to start thinking about changes you can make to better yourself. Adopting positive habits can improve your productivity and make it easier to balance work life and family life, while still enabling you to tend to your mental health needs.

 

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