The changes a new year brings are dependent upon how we handle the new year. Every day in the new year, just like the previous year, contains 24hours too, the more reason why it is important to not just make new year resolutions but to consciously decide on what you want to achieve and set out to achieve them immediately. The tips discussed below can come in handy when considering the best way to approach a new year successfully

1. Strike a balance in your responsibilities

Successful people tend to have more responsibilities, they know it’s important to put down the phone every so often. For this reason, it is very important to strike a balance when its about various responsibilities in order to achieve more and save more time. Many successful people are known to have “think time” where they just dissociate from everyone else and strategize. it helps a lot.So, the next time you think about taking your work phone with you on vacation or over the weekend — don’t. Establish specific times throughout your week to hang back and relax. Be proactive in planning activities with friends and family. Even scheduling a walk around the block can clear your head before a big meeting.

2. Get more organized

Life by default could be messy. Don’t make it worse by living in an untidy home or working surrounded by stacks of paper. You might not realize it, but clutter can hurt productivity and make it harder to focus. Similarly, if you’re not keeping a schedule handy, you’re wasting a lot of mental energy trying to remember where you’re supposed to be or what you’re supposed to be doing at any given time.

Resolve to get more organized this year, and start with your workstation. Get rid of old notes on your desk and clear out your computer desktop. If you have 10,000 emails staring you down, take a couple of hours to clear them out. Chances are, the vast majority of your emails don’t require your attention.

Set up folders in your email to keep your inbox tidy and keep a notepad open and a pen handy for ad-hoc tasks and ideas. If you’re notorious for having a messy desk, invest in a filing cabinet and designate specific drawers for different kinds of paperwork. In a few months, go through your drawer and see what you can dump. You’ll be surprised at how much junk accumulates.

3. Manage Time Well

Highly-successful people know that managing time well is a crucial part of mastering their careers and personal lives. The key to this resolution is to maximize your productivity within specific blocks of time. Outside of those time frames, relax and enjoy personal hobbies.

“There is nothing worse for productivity than placing no limits on your time,” said John Vespasian, author of “When Everything Fails, Try This.” He suggested setting strict timeliness and getting things done within those limits. Vespasian also urged people to use downtime — such as waiting on a client call — to catch up on emails or enjoy a book.

4. Maintain a better spiritual life

Spirituality is a person’s identity.The level at which one is spiritual determines what one’s life will look like. Therefore, it becomes very imperative to keep and maintain conscious, deliberate, effective and effectual spiritual activities on a constant basis.

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5. Have a “Sinking fund”

Not all savings accounts are created alike. You should have a general emergency savings account, and savings account for retirement. But you should also have a savings account for any big-ticket items you will purchase in the year.

“Your sinking funds are automatic savings accounts that are building for something you know you’re going to spend money on this year,” said Chris Peach, founder of Money Peach. “What will you spend on Christmas next year, what will you need for your vacation this summer, or how much will you have to save up for your sister’s wedding across the country in November? Divide the amount needed by the number of months remaining and create an automatic savings plan for when that day comes. Do this for each major expense coming up in 2018 and then rinse and repeat.”

6. Stop Caring About What Others Think

If there’s one thing successful people are great at, it’s filtering out the naysayers. Caring too much about what others think hinders your progress and holds you back from trying new things. Steve Siebold, author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class” and “How Rich People Think,” said one key to success is to stop caring about how others judge your goals.

“Psychologists call it ‘approval addiction,’ and once you overcome it to any significant degree, you are free of the psychological chains that bind most people from ever experiencing world-class success,” he said.

But, how do you stop caring about what others have to say? You can start by building your self-confidence, using practices like daily affirmations. Then, identify people who support your creativity and can provide constructive criticism to help you more thoroughly plan out your projects.

Most importantly, realize that people who shoot down your ideas are trying to help you but don’t know how, or simply don’t understand how you’ll execute your ideas. Instead of taking their criticism at face value, ask them to explain their thought process or help you.

7. Know What Is Work.

Many of us end up spending inordinate amounts of time answering email. As Vanderkam writes, “According to a 2012 McKinsey Global Institute report on the social economy, knowledge workers spend 28 percent of their time wading through their inboxes.”

But checking email is not the same thing as doing “work” — and by that, Vanderkam means the core of what you’re trying to accomplish. “Email expands to fill in the available time. Give email less time, and it will take less time,” she says. If you’re the kind of person who is worried about leaving your inbox unattended, Vanderkam suggests starting to wean yourself off by being on email for 20 minutes, and then using the next 40 minutes to focus on a task without interruption. Eventually, expand those times between email check-ins.

Another thing that can look like work but isn’t always: meetings. “The reason you have a meeting is that you want something to change in the world by the end of it,” she says. “The problem is that people have meetings to check that everyone is still doing their jobs — but hopefully you hired people good enough where you don’t have to check.”

She also notes that many people schedule meetings as a way of imposing a deadline. She says that if you’re a supervisor giving an assignment, you should explain that you won’t meet about the work, but you still need the project done by a certain time.

8. Start one Thing You’ve Always Meant to Start

Almost everyone has that one dream or goal they have filed away in the “someday” category of their brains. Make 2018 the year that you resolve to start accomplishing that goal.

The rewards that come from working on a goal like this have the capacity to be so much greater than working on a goal that might be a good idea, but simply means less to you. Besides, anything that you have been meaning or wanting to do is likely weighing on your mind in some way. By starting to work on this goal, you’re clearing out valuable mental space that will give you more time and energy to address this goal — and any others you may be working on.

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