What We Really Do In January

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January is a bit of a let down if we’re honest. There is so much hype surrounding December and even November, with the holidays and New Years. And when we reach that time where we cross over to a New Year, there are so many people saying New Year, New Me. Setting resolutions and promises to change and do new, positive things. Unfortunately, those well-meant promises aren’t easily kept. Changing habits or even making new ones takes a lot of willpower. But just because you don’t immediately accomplish every little thing within those first few weeks of the year doesn’t mean that you have failed and should stop trying. What we really do in January doesn’t mean that you won’t accomplish what you set out to do.

Money

Following the holiday’s everyone is scrambling trying to sort out their finances. So many people use their savings to pay for Christmas, and so when it comes to the New Year, their funds are low. Rather than trying to push those minimal finances to stretch to pay for all those new activities you wanted to get involved with, wait a month and give your savings account a chance to gain a little of what it has lost. Besides, most places put up their prices in January purely because so many people sign up this month. So when you get to the end of the month and realize that you haven’t started going to the gym, or haven’t had the money to start eating clean yet, don’t worry.

Normality

Throughout the holiday’s normality goes out of the window. Following Thanksgiving, the build-up to Christmas is a blur of shopping and visiting. Christmas day is all about eating rubbish from the moment you wake up, afternoon naps, and late bedtimes. Then you have the lead up to New Year’s Eve where no one really knows what day it is. So January is a shock to the system as you try and get back to normal. So when you look back at the month, if all you have achieved is getting your sleep pattern right and are eating at the proper times, then consider it an accomplishment.

Set Up

For many people, that first week of January is a ‘set up’ week. Where you call al the places, sign up to all the things, and buy in all the stuff you need to do the things. You come up with ideas and plan how to get them off the ground – which you can read more about by clicking here. And then it gets to the end of the month, and you realize you haven’t done much of anything. And that is because you are living through point number two with a budget of number one. Again, see this month as a stepping stone; you have accomplished part of what you have set out to do while getting back into a normal routine and trying not to overspend. That’s an accomplishment.

3 Ways to Help You Reach Your Career Resolutions in 2018

At the beginning of the year, resolutions for a better 2018 are at the top of everyone’s mind. While money and health goals are often the most popular topics, your career goals deserve some attention too. Resolutions are sometimes branded as a waste of time because, according to U.S. News and World Report, 80% of resolutions are abandoned by the second week of February. To help you keep resolutions that matter and are impactful to your career, read our 3 simple ways to help you keep your mind, body, and spirit focused on your resolutions well beyond February.   

Mind: Improve Your Productivity Levels

The procrastination bug can bite at any time and did so when I sat down to write this article. I opened a blank document and then continued to do everything but write. We all fall victim to procrastination, but there are a few productivity techniques you can try to help yourself break free from this self-sabotaging habit.

One popular solution is the Pomodoro Technique, which breaks your time up into 25 minute increments, or “pomodoros” with 5 minute breaks in between. After 4 pomodoros, take a 15-20 minute break to refresh your mind and keep you focused for your next pomodoro.

Another solution to time-wasting is to become aware of when and where you’re wasting your time. Install the RescueTime extension on your computer for daily reports of what you accomplished and where your all of your lost time is disappearing to. When you know where you’re being distracted (looking at you, Facebook), you can set up a list of sites to block to help you help yourself.  

Body: Dress for the Job You Want

When I’m feeling down in the dumps, one of my coping mechanisms for going about my day is to dress up more. It helps me feel better about myself and improves my day, and science backs up this technique. Research from the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal shows that wearing formal clothing helps the wearer feel better about themselves and like they were more in control and more creative. The solution is clear: feeling down? Dress up!

Sometimes dressing up means wearing smarter and better engineered clothing too.  To optimize success we must first be both comfortable and confident in our appearance, the tough part is finding the fine line between too comfortable while maintaining our own signature professional aesthetic. Men’s clothing company Tommy John has created a line of moisture-wicking and antimicrobial men’s underwear and undershirts (that won’t untuck) loved by professionals across many industries, their products help aspiring individuals feel both cool and supported during the high stress moments (interviews, big pitches, public speaking engagements).Check out this savvy infographic below filled with insights for overcoming physical discomforts we all endure, like fidgeting, sweating, and pacing.

Spirit: Learn How to Laser Focus through Meditation

Some individuals feel that they can never focus because they can’t quiet their busy mind. Your mind can be your biggest foe and research has shown that mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, like mediation, yoga and deep breathing exercises can have positive impact on your focus and overall in your life. Try apps like Aaptiv  which offer  guided meditation sessions. Videos on YouTube are another simple way to learn how to meditate, stretch and control your heart rate to increase your focus while decreasing your stress levels.