By Tawnie Kroll, RDN | Contributed
Each new year brings opportunity for new memories and possibilities, but more importantly for resolutions.
A majority of people make resolutions to lose weight or eat better. Which is wonderful! However, why not try to make resolutions in 2017 realistic?
Failing to stick to resolutions is too commonplace, and the last thing you want to happen is failing on the third week of January.
Recent studies have found people who try to do two things at once take up to 50% longer to finish each task, than people who follow a one-and-done approach. When you make New Year’s Resolutions you might have a long list such as: exercise more, quit smoking, drink more water, go back to school, etc.
It is human nature to keep busy with a long list of things to do and get done. This year I suggest focusing on one thing: time management. Through time management you will be able to see miracles happen – cheesy I know, but true – and cross more things off your list!
Research is saying the busier you become, the more cluttered your desk will be, more deadlines will be missed and you essentially will fall behind. Practicing time management in 2017 will give you the feeling of accomplishment and you will be more productive than ever.
Here are a few time management tips I would like to share to help you with the new year!
Be realistic. If you are not realistic you will never reach that goal or any goal!
I was fortunate enough to learn this from my parents at a young age. Each year my brothers and I would have to create our new goals and review them as a family. We complained when we were younger not understanding the value of this practice. More importantly, we reviewed our goals as a family to hold everyone accountable for following through.
Why were my parents so adamant about doing this? They knew they were setting us up for success of course. I want you to set yourself up for success as well.
Furthermore, be specific. Saying you want to be rich in 2017 is not a specific goal. Saying you want to earn “x” amount of money more than you did in 2016 is a more specific goal for yourself. Being specific with goal setting is the first step forward to becoming realistic in your expectations.
The next step is setting a goal that is just out of your reach, but not so much that you set yourself up for failure.
Quit the procrastination. Why are you even procrastinating in the first place?
Get to the root cause. Do you lack the certain skills it takes to complete the task so you avoid it? Are you bored, scared, or unmotivated?
My advice is to find out what that one thing is blocking you from getting work done and take immediate action to correct it. And as the great Charles Dickens says, “Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”
Organization. This is an obvious point to make when talking about time management, right?
Without being organized things may get messy. We cannot possibly organize everything at once. However, if you can set yourself a completion schedule for each task, it will become easier
Fear of failure or fear of success? I am sure you have heard this before or even said it yourself, “If I try really hard and fail, that is worse than if I don’t try and end up failing.”
People can be afraid of giving their best and end up failing. But, what is life without failure?
Many of us have put off studying or writing a paper and blame it on, “If I would have had more time I could have gotten a better grade.” On the other hand you may procrastinate because you have the fear of constantly trying to be “good enough.”
Fear of success is not talked about enough. It is the feeling of reaching the top of the mountain and looking down saying what’s next. You may be subconsciously feeling like you need to keep yourself busy because if you finish you won’t know what to do.
I promise that on the road to completing your goals you will become inspired in your achievements. Inspired to dream of new achievable goals that last year would have seemed impossible.
Focus on energy, not time. I started applying this tip from a woman I met in Atlanta a few years ago. She said, “It’s simple: time is finite and energy is infinite.”
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, it is just up to us how we plan to use that time. We cannot get more time, but we can get more energy. This is where food plays a huge role.
Physically: you can be shaky when you are hungry. Emotionally: you may be moody when you’re hungry, or angry when you eat too much. Mentally: Without proper nutrition you become less alert and unable to stay focused. See how much food can play a role in your productivity?
Make time for what is important in your life. Know what your priorities are for each day and then check them off the list. It feels good!
“There is never enough time for everything but there is always enough time for the important things.” We live in such a 24/7 society – time management will continue to be a struggle in 2017, but with these tips I hope you become a master of your own time!
Contact a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for any health and diet concerns. Happy New Year!