The New Year is a great benchmark to review the last 365 days of effort. Effort. We often forget that every day is a combination of decisions and actions. As they unfold individually, they may seem fleeting and insubstantial but collectively they make our year. For the process of creating resolutions or goals, achievability is key. Starting off with some goals that enable us to turn our dreams for the year into our daily ritual are a great place to start. Here are five suggestions for kicking off 2019.
Try a Meditation App
Over 16 million people are on board with Headspace. Free Insight Timer has a great selection of guided meditations of varying content and lengths to fit into your daily schedule. According to Jignesh Gohel of the consulting group Lifehack.org, “regular practice of meditation will increase your concentration power which leads to an increase in productivity.”
Fitness Tracking and Biometrics
Whether you use the data or not, recording your workouts on apps like Strava and Garmin Connect gives you a great tool for seeing weekly graphs and charts about your fitness and training. If you have a goal whether it be running your first half marathon or ultra, you need to create benchmarks and monitor your progress. Using these apps on your phone or freeing yourself by investing in a smartwatch is an easy way to kick off 2019 with well-organized logs.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint are easy. Whether individually or through your workplace, making small changes can go a long way on your annual emissions. The World Wildlife Fund has an easy carbon footprint calculator that can help you identify room for improvement. Start by packing lunch, adjusting your diet and try to do one day a week with no driving.
Get a Planner
Getting a good notebook such as a Passion Planner can help you record and execute goals in the old fashioned way. Writing and taking technology out of this process enhances creativity and promotes accountability.
Maximize Productivity: Identify Your Ritual
Some tips for maximizing productivity require self-awareness of your routine. Do you do your best work in the morning or evening? Do you feel a slump after a block of effort? I have found that making coffee and gardening before exercise grounds me and prepares my mind for whatever comes next, even if it means getting up extra early. A midday pick-me-up after eating a balanced meal rounded off with Ritual Energy bar gives a natural and needed boost to send it into the evening. In addition to recording your work, fitness and training schedule, it is important to hone your personal nutrition routine.