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The Ultimate Lifehack Guide for Your New Year

The Ultimate Lifehack Guide for Your New Year

If you’re like most people, you likely started 2013 with a solid list of goals that you hoped to achieve over the course of the year. New Year’s resolutions tend to run the gamut from quitting smoking to writing novels, but though many people dive into these pursuits with the best of intentions, their enthusiasm and dedication tend to taper off after a few weeks: it’s estimated that approximately 80% of people abandon their resolutions by the end of January, and only a small fraction of the rest manage to stick to their New Year’s goals for the rest of the year.

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    This isn’t because we’re all a bunch of slovenly trolls with no self-discipline or drive to succeed, but rather that we may be lacking vital tools and resources to help us along on our journeys. Since most of us seem to fall off-course from our resolutions because we lack an effective guide to keep us focused, a little help might keep us all on track this year.

    Below is a list of effective resources and tips that can assist in pursuing any objective: no matter what plans you’ve made or goals you’re striving for, they are all reachable, and achievable, and this guide will help you attain them.

    1. Set a Realistic Goal
    2. Plan Properly
    3. Execute your Plan
    4. Follow Through Your New Year Resolution
    5. Time to Exercise
    6. Quit a Bad Habit
    7. Eat Better and Healthier
    8. Work Improvement
    9. Manage your Money Well
    10. Start your Own Business

    Set a Realistic Goal

    First things first, you need to set a clear and reachable goal no matter what your new year resolutions are. Here are several ways to set a realistic goal.

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      How to Plan Properly

      You don’t need to have the perfect plan to achieve your goal but a well structured plan keeps you on the right path.

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        How to Execute Your Plan

        By looking at how the others execute their plan, you may get some insights for your own.

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          How to Stick to Your New Year Resolutions

          By the first half of the year, many people have already failed to stick to their resolutions. Here’s how you can prevent yourself from failing or to learn from them.

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            Time to Exercise

            If you decide to lose weight or keep fit this year, these tactics show you to how to develop an efficient exercise habit.

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              Quit a Bad Habit

              A bad habit can be harmful to you. Worse still, they are usually harmful to those closest to you. It’s time to quit.

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                • How to Quit a Bad Habit by Answering Four Power QuestionsMaybe you have even tried, but things haven’t worked out as you hoped. Unfortunately, the very idea of “quitting” can make things difficult for you: let’s discover why.
                • 7 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking: So, you’ve decided to quit smoking. That’s awesome, and you’ll undoubtedly notice that your health and overall sense of well-being will improve exponentially after you’ve quit, but the first few weeks going smoke-free will be hell on wheels.
                • 10 Bad Habits Worth Losing: It’s a good idea to put together a list of bad habits to remove from your life this year. Here are Zoe B’s top 10 bad habits to lose.
                • Breaking Bad Habits in 28 Days: How realistic is it to try and break any habit in 30 days? And where did this idea of habit-busting in under a month come from in the first place?

                Eat Better and Healthier

                Heathy eating is not simply a kind of lifestyle. It actually boosts your productivity and energy levels.

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                  Work Improvement

                  If you are struggling in your current working situations, it’s time to make some changes for your career growth.

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                    Manage your Money Well

                    Money management is a problem for quite a few  people… here’s some advice.

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                      Start your Own Business

                      It is easier to start a new business than what you can imagine. All you need is taking the action.

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                        15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                        15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                        You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                        Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                        A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                        Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                        So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                        1. Purge Your Office

                        De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                        Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                        Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                        2. Gather and Redistribute

                        Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                        3. Establish Work “Zones”

                        Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                        Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                        4. Close Proximity

                        Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                        5. Get a Good Labeler

                        Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                        6. Revise Your Filing System

                        As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                        What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                        Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                        • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                        • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                        • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                        • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                        • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                        • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                        • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                        Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                        7. Clear off Your Desk

                        Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                        If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                        8. Organize your Desktop

                        Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                        Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                        Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                        9. Organize Your Drawers

                        Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                        Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                        10. Separate Inboxes

                        If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                        11. Clear Your Piles

                        Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                        Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                        12. Sort Mails

                        Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                        13. Assign Discard Dates

                        You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                        Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                        14. Filter Your Emails

                        Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                        When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                        Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                        15. Straighten Your Desk

                        At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                        Bottom Line

                        Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                        Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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