“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” – Harvey Mackay.
After any sort of break from work or education, it is always hard to get back into the routine of organising yourself and completing deadlines. To get past this initial mind block of returning to work, here are my top tips:
Be OrganisedGet yourself a diary. And I mean the yearly planner kind, not a ‘dear diary’ kind. One of my resolutions this year is to actually use a diary to write down my deadlines and to schedule myself slots to work towards these deadlines. This means that I am less likely to leave my work until last minute – hopefully! I purchased myself this Santoro ‘Gorjuss’ diary back in September just because I though it was cute. Over the Christmas holidays I decided that it would come of use in 2016 as I wanted to get myself more organised than I previously have been with my work. On Christmas Day, I opened this motivational diary: “Do More of What Makes You Happy”. I absolutely love this quote and decided to make it another of my New Year’s resolutions, as it is something worth sticking to.
Plain, ordinary stationery is quite boring and therefore more likely to sit in your cupboard unused. However, I believe that if you purchase quirky stationery that you are excited by, you are more likely to use it. This means that you might pull your notebooks out once in a while to write down some thoughts, or ideas, that you’ve had. It doesn’t matter whether this is for work or for fun, you are still keeping your thoughts organised and will therefore be able to think clearer. Stationery is one of my guilty pleasures. I love any sort of unusual pens and pencils and motivational quotes on notebooks. Strange, maybe, but each to their own. As my close friends and family know this, I got two notebooks for Christmas. The first was off my sister, which says “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you”. If this isn’t motivation to stay positive then I don’t know what is! I’ll be using this to plan my dissertation for my masters, to remind me that as long as I keep my eye on the prize, the struggles will be worth it! The second was off my best friend, Leus, which says “Stuff and other Nonsense”. I’m keeping this one next to my bed for any ideas I get for blog posts, which I will then plan out in this notebook.
I am a firm believer of “a tidy room is a tidy mind”, especially if the room is the one that you will be working in. Any sort of mess is a distraction. Throw out any old notebooks, notes, letters, bills, etc. that you no longer need. Once your work space is tidy and cleared of clutter, you have room for new work. The same goes for if you use a computer for work, keep it tidy of files you don’t need.
I hope this helps you all get motivated to get stuck in to your work! Good luck for any goals you want to achieve in 2016!