6 Steps to a Relaxed and Productive Year

Here are 6 ways to help you to have a more relaxed and productive year. No, the two are not the antithesis of each other, but rather complement each other quite nicely in a yin and yang way.  Without being relaxed, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and have difficulty focusing.  This leads to things being left undone, or at worst burnout.  By implementing methods that increase time for relaxation, it is easier to be more productive.

  • Minimize - You can use the principles of The Minimalists or Marie Kondo, but whatever method you choose, downsizing can have a profoundly positive impact on your life. Owning and maintaining less things means having the freedom of not having to pursue materialistic goals, and freeing up resources (time, money, and energy) to spend on other endeavours. Having a less cluttered home can make it a more relaxing space, and having less options means less choices.  And that is not a bad thing, because it could mean no more standing in front of the closet trying to figure out what to wear.

  • Organize - Regardless of how many items you own, being organised is critical. It saves your most valuable resources of time, energy, and sometimes even money (repurchasing something because you couldn’t find it or didn’t realize you already had something similar. When you combine minimising with organization, it is a winning combo to allow you to have more time, energy, and money to focus on other things.  

  • Delegate - Whether it’s on the job or at home. Delegating is imperative. Sometimes we have the instinct that we need to shoulder all of the responsibilities, that it is our job, or that if we don’t do it it won’t get done right. And both of those are simply untrue. Is is something that benefits other members of the household or your colleagues at work? Then look for ways to delegate responsibilities. It may get done a different way, but different does not equate to wrong, you might even learn a new way of doing something, or allow someone else to find a skill they didn’t know they had. Either way, if everyone shoulders a few different tasks vs. 1 person shouldering many, the tasks will be done better because more attention can be given to each one, and no one is at risk of being burnt out.

  • Create a Routine - I talked a little bit in my last post about having a routine and it really is so important. It becomes the backbone of your day to day life. It should not be seen as confining, but rather as freeing. It allows you to get everything you need to get done done, while still making room for self care, and some fun.  A routine is only not good if one approaches it as never being able to stray from it if extraneous circumstances present themselves, not have a realistic routine, or not creating space in a routine for self care and fun.

  • Implement Goals - I also talked about this in my last post. Goals are so important because they prevent us from becoming listless.  It is when one is not actively working toward a goal and making progress that they start to feel that everything is always the same, they they are on a circular path, that nothing ever changes and it never ends. Properly structured goals serve as road signs that show how much farther we have to go. We no longer feel like we are on autopilot driving endlessly, but that we are the driver of our life and know where we are going, and how much further we have till we get there.

  • Disconnect & Reconnect - Disconnect from your job, social media, and anything that creates stress in your life as often as possible. Do not check work emails off hours, do not check your social media except when on your breaks at work. Reconnect with things and people that bring relaxation to your life, relationships that energise your, hobbies than inspire you. By disconnecting and reconnecting we allow our batteries to recharge and not be constantly drained.