How to Be More Productive in the New Year

Can you believe that just said the words “new year?” How is it possible that another year has almost come and gone? Luckily we still have a few weeks left to prepare for the new year, including strategizing how to be more organized and productive in our business. We’ve put together a few tips on how to plan ahead in order to be more productive in the new year.


1. Take Time to Re-Charge

Taking the week between Christmas and New Years to really focus on re-charging is a great way to create a blank slate. Whether this means completely unplugging and being with the family and friends, taking a vacation, or doing all the things that you’ve been putting off for “when you have time.” For me, I started a running list of things that I’ve been meaning to do this year, such as finish reading business books, take an online training, edit my wardrobe, and research for an upcoming project. This way, I can feel completely prepared and refreshed for what is just around the corner.


2. Revisit Your Yearly Goals

Can I tell you, I did this even 6 months ago and laughed at the comparison. It’s always amazing to see what your goal was at the beginning of the year, and where you ended up. On top of looking at last year’s goals, start to write down your 2018 intentions, whether keeping with the same goals, or pushing towards new ones, nothing is better than specifically outlining your dream.


3. Get Organized

We all have spreadsheets that desperately need editing, calendar syncing that needs to be done, or programs that need to be implemented into your daily routine. Some great tools for this are Asana for task management, Toggl for time management, and Calendly for scheduling your time. A great way to feel organized is to write out things that need to be completed, marketing campaigns to plan, events to attend, etc. each month of the first half of the year. This way, you not only have things to look forward to, but also know what you need to plan in advance.


4. Plan Your Weekly Schedule

The most in-effective way to work is without a set schedule. There is a time to answer e-mails, a time to plan meetings, and a time to focus on your actual work. Use daily, and weekly planners like these by Laura T, to block out sections of your time for specific tasks. For example, decide you will only answer emails at the beginning of your day, at lunch time, and at the end of your day. Or, you will only take meetings one or two days a week at certain times, so you can focus on building your business.


5. Re-center Your Creative Vision         

Sometime in the midst of busyness, your creative vision can get lost or compromised. Creating a Mood Board for your upcoming year will give you a focus and plan to base all of your content and design off of.


RISE Creative will be releasing a Creative Branding Guide as a resource for you to completely align your vision for the year and start the year with great focus. If you’re interested in being one of the first to receive our Creative Branding Guide, enter your e-mail here! 



Written by Marisa Flacks, Founder of RISE Creative

RISE Creative was founded on the idea that small businesses, social enterprises, and non-profits don't always have the capacity to hire full-time staff to join in the efforts towards their incredible missions. We create extremely personalized ethical branding and digital marketing packages that fit your company's needs.

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