Pro­duc­tive

Down­ing cof­fee and mak­ing end­less to-do lists get­ting you nowhere? delves into the golden rules of get­ting things done

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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