Productivity Hacks to Get You Through the Start of the Year

5The holidays are over, and it’s back to reality. While some people are over the moon about their resolutions and goals, the rest of us are just trying to survive. With no three-day weekend in sight and the holiday excitement over, the office can feel like no man’s land. How do you get it all back in gear? Is it too late to even start on your resolutions? What day is it? Hello, is anybody out there?

Getting back to the grind can be tough, so it’s time to break out some surefire productivity hacks. Here are a few to help you get your head back in the game and crush it in Q1.

Stay Tidy

Sure, it may not be spring yet, but why not get a jump-start on your spring cleaning? Having a neat and tidy desk can do wonders for your productivity and headspace. Don’t believe it? Maybe you’re one of those people who thinks sticky notes everywhere, a pile of empty kombucha bottles, and pens flung around is a sign of genius. While creative chaos has its merits, try actually organizing your desk and see how much easier it is to cross things off the to-do list. If you have a ton of stuff, shop for colorful desk sets that keep it all together, and maybe you’ll even feel like you have it together too.

Pump Up the Jams

Sometimes the only way to get through these first few days of the year is to dance them away. Those fancy new earbuds you got for Christmas? Put them to good use and crank up the tunes. Whether that means listening to your ‘get pumped’ gym playlist, lo-fi hip hop beats to study and chill to, or some guilty-pleasure pop songs, keep those earbuds in as long as it takes to crush your tasks for the day. Even if Marie from accounting has pictures of her cute dog to show you, Fido can wait until that spreadsheet is complete.

Treat Yo Self

During the holidays, our reward for all of the hard work was only a fewdays away. With that carrot at the end of the stick gone, it’s time for something new to look forward to. You’ve worked hard this year, and more than earned a little Friday evening shopping spree. Whether you’re shopping for cute bags or just want a new set of cocktail glasses, treat yo self—you deserve it.

One Day at a Time

At the end of the day, making it through these few rough weeks is all about taking it one day at a time. Sure, the big holiday rush is over, but it’s a new year with tons and tons of new opportunities. Plus, spring and summer will be here soon enough, which is something to look forward to in and of itself. Toss in a few happy hours and weekend getaways, and you’ll be back in action in no time.

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