Healthy habits

The start of each year brings promise of a new beginning, but for many of us, the start of 2021 was more welcome than most – offering a chance to bid farewell to one of the most trying years in recent memory.

But while the situation remains shady on the pandemic front, that’s not to say we can’t work on making 2021 better than its predecessor, at least on an individual level. It starts with our behaviour, so, in the spirit of looking forward to brighter days, here are five things to help you be a better version of yourself this year, and those to leave behind you, where they belong.

Start your day phone-free

If the first thing you do when your alarm goes off is check your phone, it’s time to stop. Our brain is at its most relaxed and flexible when we wake up, so what we do in this crucial time will likely set the tone for the rest of the day. Rather than scrolling through your feed, start your day with a phone-free hour – if the experts are to be believed, it’ll set you up for a successful day ahead.

Prepare to pivot

If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it’s that plans can change, so make 2021 the year you get comfortable with the idea of adapting. It’s harder than ever to predict what’s to come, so proceed with humility and caution. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make plans but adopting a flexible approach will work in your favour – if you expect disruption, you’ll be ready when it comes!

Separate your home and work life

Working from home has blurred the lines between work and home life more than ever, and this can wreak havoc on your mental and physical wellbeing. Set clear boundaries for yourself to structure your day, even if you’re working from home, by adopting a schedule for work, family and leisure time, and avoid popping over to your desk outside of your designated work hours.

Stop overscheduling

For many business leaders, the global pandemic has meant longer workdays comprising of endless meetings, but while some are essential, an endless number of meetings can result in reduced productivity. Instead of overscheduling your days, set aside specific days and times for meetings within your week – this will keep your from breaking your focus when there’s important work to be done!

Re-connect

Isolation for your health need not mean abandoning your connections, so make time for reaching out to friends and family – even by virtual means. Set yourself weekly meetups where you can chat remotely or follow the same recipe via video call. Finding ways to maintain connections and foster relationships is as important now as it ever was – it’s just the way in which we go about it that differs.

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