At the BiteSize office we’ve ditched news year’s resolutions because good intentions rarely last beyond February. Instead we’ve committed to making small changes each month; whether you’d like to spend 15 minutes each day planning or use the stairs instead of the lift – you’ll have a greater chance of success if you review and reset your goals at the beginning of each month.
Here’s a list of Bitesize resolutions to kick the year off:
- Declutter in small chunks – throw away three things EVERY day. It doesn’t matter what – old papers, a single sock, a dried up marker pen. For a household of four, that’s 84 items a week, for an office of 6 that’s 90 items a week.
- Make realistic changes to your diet and exercise regime – small changes like drinking water, lots of it throughout the day, can have a big impact. It will not only fill you up, help you detox but most importantly will hydrate your brain. With 78% of your brain being made of water, it is said that just 1% dehydration leads to 10% loss of brain function and effectiveness.
- Segment your time – use a timer to focus on just one activity at a time for 30 minute periods – 30 minutes responding to emails, 30 minutes on project work, 30 minutes planning, 30 minutes having a one-to-one with your manager or team-member, 30 minutes new business activity. Don’t do anything else during that time.
- Do it NOW – whatever it is – adding a telephone number to your contact list, cancelling the milk, booking your performance appraisal, unsubscribing from unwanted emails – build in one 30 minute session for these small “Do it NOW” activities each day.
- Take 5 minutes to clear your desk, close windows on your computer – do this at least twice a day for a mental refresher.
- Keep one morning a week free for admin and refuse meetings during that time.
We’d love to hear your tips for the new year.