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How to prepare yourself for the January rush

It’s time to pack away your decorations until next year, Christmas is over and it is time to start the New year! Many people find the start of January a difficult time, with the fun festivities over the thought of a new work year may seem dreary however, it doesn’t have to be. The new year is an exciting time, a time to feel motivated and optimistic as to what 2019 will bring for you. January can be a busy time at work, instead of feeling stressed follow our top tips on how to prepare yourself for the January rush!

Firstly, it is important to ensure that you have reached all of your deadlines in December. In our previous blog ‘How to maintain productivity during the Christmas build up‘, we gave a variety of tips on how to ensure you remain organised throughout the festive period. It is important that during December you reached all necessary deadlines and completed all tasks, so you can start your new year feeling as relaxed as possible! On your first day back at work, your office space should be tidy, organised and all necessary tasks should be completed. Walking into the new year with a tidy space and a completed to-do list creates a positive attitude as well as a sense of achievement!

On your first day back, start your new year with a fresh attitude! Walk into work and radiate positivity, this will help to improve everyone’s mood! When you first arrive, look through all missed enquiries and make a fresh to-do list with your new tasks. It is easier to keep track of everything that needs to be done when you have it all written down in front of you! If you are still struggling to organise your tasks, turn larger tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. Once you break down a larger task, it can seem much simpler and easier to tackle!

Avoid stress! Although January can be a stressful month, it is important that you allow yourself time to relax. Whether that be during your lunch break, or outside of work hours, be sure that you fully allow yourself time to relax. The work you are producing will not be to your best ability if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, this is why you must find time to relax!

Ask for help! If you are finding your workload overwhelming or are confused at the task you are given, don’t be afraid to ask for help. During the January rush, it can be easy for you to become frustrated and confused by your workload, don’t struggle alone! Find a colleague that has a good understanding of the task at hand and ask if they can assist you during this task. Not only will this eliminate stress, it will also ensure that you have a better understanding for next time!

It is important to ensure that your workplace remains tidy and organised during this rush! Make sure that your work is put into relevant folders and all information you may need is easily accessible!

Lastly, you may find it beneficial to start each day with a fresh to-do list. Each morning, allocate 5-10 minutes to write down any tasks / goals that you wish to achieve that day. This can help you to know exactly what needs to be done! At the end of each day, write yourself a note of something great that you did today. For me, this is a really useful tip that helps you to feel proud of your achievements! It’s easy to get caught up in the January rush but simply writing down a daily achievement can help boost morale and motivation!

January doesn’t have to be a dreary, stressful time!, start your new year with a fresh attitude and a good outlook!