Downing coffee and making endless to-do lists getting you nowhere? delves into the golden rules of getting things done
CLUTTER can have a negative psychological effect and there’s often a huge relief and satisfaction of letting go of non-essential items that are taking up space.
“Look at the items you own and ask yourself if you’ve used each one in the last eight months,” says life coach Jennifer Boon (booncoaching. com). “If you haven’t, consider whether you will use it in the future. If the answer is no, donate it to charity or friends.”
Your kitchen cupboards can also benefit from a refresh. “Finding an amazing organic recipe and then not having any of the staple ingredients for it is a classic scenario in my household,” says Sasha Sabapathy, founder of holistic remedy brand Glow Bar.
“My fiancee and I have decided to dedicate time this month to stocking our pantry with nuts, grains and superfoods like Chinese red dates and black wild rice. A few hours on a Saturday spent doing this will save us countless trips to the shops every time we decide to make something new.”
“I’M a huge believer that you are what you eat,” says Sasha. “For a super–productive 2018, I’m making sure my diet is full of brain-boosting super foods.
“Foods high in healthy fats, like salmon, avocado and coconut oil, are amazing for brain health, as well as dark green vegetables like Tuscan kale, broccoli and Swiss chard. “Certain herbs, like Rhodiola, Ashwagandha and Holy Basil, are all also amazing for boosting brain
THE average person spends at least one hour and 40 minutes per day looking at social media sites and apps .
“Taking some time away from technology is the perfect way to start the New Year on a productive note, while also making more time for personal connections,” says Sasha.
“Make time to spend with loved ones and away from social media, and make sure you are without your phone for at least an hour before bed.
“I think this is something we should all do more often.
JANUARY is a great time to get stuck into a personal project. If you struggle to find the motivation to get started, the key could be to embrace a ‘deep work’ state.
“The idea comes from professor and author Cal Newport’s book Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World (£14.99, Piaktus),” says Matt Searle, head of employer relations at Henley Business School Careers (henley.ac.uk).
“This is scheduled, focused work with no distractions: no phone calls, no social media, no checking the news and nobody interrupting. It’s a chance to work on your most important projects.”
Matt notes this might mean adjusting your schedule, adding: “Personally, I like to start early and work on things before I even open my email, then I have a clear mind and