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10 Life-Changing Work Habits for the New Year

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‘Tis the season to make resolutions. What’s yours? If it’s to incorporate habits that will improve your work day, you’re at the right place. We asked some of our executives, top recruiters, and colleagues to tell us about the most life-changing work habits they’ve recently integrated into their lives. Some of these tips will push you outside your comfort zone—but don’t let that stop you. We hope that you’ll find inspiration to craft your own new habits for the New Year.

1. I’ve started looking at my phone less. It may sound easy to do but give it a try: It isn’t! Suddenly, though, I’m rolling out of bed 45 minutes earlier in the morning and going to bed earlier, too. I’m more actively engaged in meetings and have better connections with colleagues by putting away the phone when they’re talking to me. I honestly feel it’s changed how colleagues perceive me because I’m truly engaged and listening.

2. I take a couple 10-minute walks around our building every day. It may sound insignificant, but sometimes stepping away from my desk in short bursts not only helps me physically but mentally as well. I’ll often walk with team members and, many times in these walks, we update each other, get each other’s perspective on certain scenarios, etc. Sometimes we just talk about our weekends! It recharges me and gives me better focus and clarity.

3. Incorporating a new Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) has been extremely helpful in keeping meetings on track and making sure that everything discussed is getting done. Being able to follow through with a clear vision on all initiatives has made me much less stressed.

4. I reverted to paper time sheets for tracking my activities. I love apps and tech, but keeping the notebook at hand during the day has been critical for accurately billing my time.

5. Many years ago, I decided to arrive everywhere I went (both for work and personal time) 10 minutes early. It’s amazing how much stress can be alleviated just by being on time. And it helps keep others calmer around you, too.

6. Working out first thing in the morning gives me more energy and focus throughout the day and helps with my mood. It seems counter-intuitive that getting up early and working out increases energy but, if you can get your body moving, you really can feel less tired and have more energy throughout the day.

7. Before I leave work, I write down what I need to do the next day. It helps me stay on task and get things accomplished so that I’m able to focus more on the bigger picture and goals.

8. I’ve started taking extreme advantage of our grocery store’s new curbside pickup. The amount of time and stress saved at the end of the day is incredible. And my kids get fed!

9. I do a vision board every year, which has helped me stay focused on what I want to get accomplished. I’ve saved these boards for seven years now and, as I look back each year, it’s amazing how many things I’ve accomplished!

10. The popular advice is to learn how to say “no” to relieve stress, but I’m naturally a “no” person, so that’s not a problem! One year, though, I resolved to say “yes” more often instead, and WOW was it a fun year. Thanks to throwing caution to the wind, I was asked to speak at SXSWi and even found myself part of a documentary that aired on PBS! I think some business leaders are too analytical to take uncalculated risks. If that’s you, step out of your comfort zone and say “yes” more often.

 

Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. If you’ve started any work habits that have completely transformed your day, we’d love to hear about it!

 

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