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3 essential routines you need for a more productive, less stressful 2021

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3 essential routines you need for a more productive, less stressful 2021
Use the start of the year as an opportunity to create new routines that will energize you, elevate your performance, and remove stress from your workday.

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Identify What Works To Help You Win

Identify What Works To Help You Win

We need to convert our mundane, routine tasks into something exciting, turning our work into our own motivation, igniting our energy:

  1. Compete with yourself, beating your own time of accomplishing a certain task like replying to emails.
  2. Work in an impeccable manner, taking a cue from the perfectionists. It is not good to be a slob at home, as it affects our productivity and mindset.
  3. Get ready on time, put on work clothes and feel confident, professional, and productive.
  4. Start your day with a 30-minute stroll or a Yoga session and get your body and mind moving.

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Intentional Planning

Intentional planning helps us achieve our goals and reduce anxiety. Follow the 4-step STAR method:

  • S- Strategy: Review your upcoming goals.
  • T-Tasks: Clarify and identify what tasks are to be done to achieve those goals, and prioritize them.
  • A- Allocate: Resources like time and energy are limited. Allocate your tasks in a way that is least cognitively demanding, takes the least amount of time, and is yet having the maximum impact. Improvise as you go.
  • R-Results: Say no to unnecessary requests, respecting your time. But if you say Yes to a request, follow it through. Work for yourself and not for obligations.

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Celebrate Your Success Yourself

Remote work has made it difficult to receive praise or even a ‘thank you’ for your hard work from the higher-ups.

In 2021, acknowledging and celebrating your success and accomplishments is in your hands. We need to be seen, recognized and valued for our hard work by the team, the company and all the stakeholders.

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