Is wrapping up 2016.
Before moving forward into the New Year, consider finishing up your to-do list in these final days of 2016 and organize your work-area to be ready to start anything next year.
A few things to consider while organizing the spaces you use on a daily basis:
- Put away everything on your desk and wipe off the surface
- Pick up all the clutter around your home and find bins/storage for things you want to put away
- Clean up your car and clean out your trunk
- Clean out your work bag
Doing these small tasks helps the hippocampus region of your brain and frees it up to focus on more important items, like moving short-term memories into long-term. I wrote more about this in an earlier post here.
Finally, look back at 2016 and decide what you regret not doing last year. Commit to this in 2017 and do it. Don't let another year go by living with the weight of not doing what is most important to you!
To help with getting ready for the New Year, I recommend a book by Chris Bailey, The Productivity Project. Mr. Bailey has demonstrated his knowledge and experience through his blog at http://alifeofproductivity.com/ where he writes about testing all manner of productivity tools and systems. This book is a great summary of the outcomes and worth the money to have only the useful options and examples laid out in an engaging format.
I appreciate the open source writing style that shows the truth behind how he arrives at his conclusions and take-always. This is what sets this book apart from any other productivity book as this allows the reader to actively learn and retain the most important teachings of the book.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to free up more time to work on projects they care about.
The Productivity Project is available on Amazon HERE.
I had a chance to ask Mr. Bailey what he thought people should focus on when looking to 2017 and his response hit at the core of his teachings around time, energy, and attention.
Chris Bailey's latest TEDx talk is a great introduction to his year of productivity experiment.
To help get you started working on your own three goals for 2017, I encourage you to leave a comment below with the things you will be focusing on. As an incentive, I will send a copy of Mr. Bailey's book to one lucky winner chosen at random, to be announced this Friday, Dec. 23rd. I hope this will encourage you to get working on your goals with intention and purpose!
Cheers and Happy Holidays!