The walls have been "un-decked", the tree has been dismantled, and now it's time for everyone to get back to the old grind. You may have felt a bit sluggish when returning to work after the holidays, but our staff here at the Chamber is sharing their personal tips on how to kick-off the work year with positivity and enthusiasm.
Lacey Wilson, President
Lacey's approach to readjusting to your work routine for the new year is all about planning and setting goals.
"The start of a new year is always a great time to reflect and re-evaluate your professional goals. For me, scheduling my action plan for the next business day is a tremendous help. It's easy to get distracted with interruptions and unplanned events, but I am more productive when I schedule time to tackle things both big and small."
-Lacey Wilson, President
Goal-setting and scheduling can help you tackle your biggest projects in 2017. Whether it's quarterly, monthly or daily, take time to set goals for yourself and most importanly, carve out time on your calendar to achieve them.
Glenda Jones, Director of Programs and Events
Glenda likes to kick off the new year by letting go of the baggage from the past year, both literally and metaphorically.
We can start a fresh new year by accepting that the past year has ended. I like to begin each new year by cleaning out my desk and throwing away old paperwork and clutter. I also like to clean out my closet at home and donate clothes that I don't need or wear anymore. If there's someone in your life that you're at odds with, take this time to clear the air and leave the drama in 2016. This is a new year, and the possibilities are endless. Don't let the weight of the past year hold you down.
- Glenda Jones, Director of Programs and Events
It's a new year and a new you!
Hilary M. Roden, Administrative Assistant
Hilary's tip for increasing your motivation involves treating yourself to something nice.
"When I am having a hard week, I like to plan something exciting for Friday night. It's kind of like a celebratory ritual for making it through the week. Sometimes I will plan a particularly indulgent meal or allow myself to binge watch my favorite show on netflix sans guilt. If I have some extra spending money, I'll buy myself something that I don't need but I really want. It gives me a short-term, very minor goal to work toward Monday through Friday."
-Hilary M. Roden, Administrative Assistant
It's okay to give yourself a pat on the back after the work week as long as you've completed the job at hand. It feels nice, and it makes the work week all the more worth while.
Kayla Sullivan, Administrative Assistant
Kayla prefers to start the new work year fresh with new office supplies.
"It may sound strange, but I thoroughly enjoy sitting down at my desk when I have new pens, pencils, binders, and folders to use. I always restock my desk when I return to work after the holidays. It helps me clear my mind and serves as a reminder that this is a new year with new possibilities."
-Kayla Sullivan, Administrative Assistant
The little things can make a big difference. Even if the pen you've been using throughout 2016 is still spouting ink, you may find a little joy in picking up a pack of new ones. There's just something about starting fresh.