New Year, New Me

There’s no time like the present and no present like the time. 

With January well under way, many of us reflect on the year gone by and start looking forward to the year ahead. It’s an opportunity to re-write the rule book, an opportunity for change. With the new found energy the new year brings, we plot and plan our next moves. Annual objectives, 5 year plans, professional, personal and physical goals. 

So what are the most common New Year’s resolutions?

According to Forbes, the five most common New Year’s resolutions in the UK this year were to exercise more (40%), followed closely by losing weight (35%), improving diet (33%), financial goals (31%), reducing stress (24%) and enhancing emotional well-being.

Interestingly, many of these resolutions revolve around a precious commodity. Something that, once it’s gone, you can’t get back and the only thing you can’t buy more of. 

I’m talking about time. 

So how can we make the most of the time we have?

Flexible working means something different to everyone. It encompasses everything outside of the traditional, full time, working model. It gives employees a say on when, where and what hours they do. 

In a recent global trial of a 4 day week (a type of flexible working) found that 71% of employees reported reported less burn out, 54% reported reduced negative emotions, 46% reduced fatigue, 43% said it improved their mental health, 40% noted reduced sleep difficulties, 39% were less stressed and  37% cited improved physical health. (4 day week, 2021)

So why not gift yourself some time, start your journey towards greater flexibility today and make those New Year’s resolutions a little bit more achievable.

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Friend of Flexee (and Queen of productivity), Naomi from PetsApp shared her top time tips. 

Find your sweet spot: This is the time of day when you’re most productive, which is totally different for everyone. For Naomi, this is between 11:00 to 15:00. During this time she schedules her detail oriented, high energy jobs. Before this she carries out lighter tasks in order to energise her and afterwards she wraps up with low energy tasks. 

Ten Tasks: Naomi never lets her to do list exceed 10 points. She then physically ticks them off to ensure she gets that sense of accomplishment and associated endorphin rush. 

Treat time: This is my favourite tip. Once Naomi has completed her ten tasks, she gifts herself a guilt free treat. Now this is a new year’s resolution I can get behind!

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