5 Ways You Can Maximise Your Potential This September
September is usually the time where the year starts again for the second time. Even if you are no longer in education yourself, there is a certain nostalgia that comes with this time of the year that leaves us craving motivation. At school you would be embarking on the next year of learning, preparing yourself to do so in the shape of new notepads and stationary sets. Although school days may be behind us, what’s stopping us using this time to reflect on how the year is going and what we want to do to succeed even further. Here are five tips to help you maximise your full potential and end the year in the best way you can.
Organise your time
The past year has been a challenging time for us all, having to adapt to a new way of living. Many of us may also be working from home or unfortunately out of work. Whatever your status, setting the time to organize and plan your time is only going to be beneficial to your achievements. Try using a weekly planner so you can plan your week ahead and make time for all the things you want to work on. This will not only help increase your productivity but allow you to create some structure in your live and keep your brain stimulated and your mind happy.
Taking a little bit of time in your day to document your feelings is a great way to not only hold yourself accountable but give you time to reflect on your achievements however big or small. Some people like to start the day with this practice, others prefer to do so at the end of the day. Either way it’ll help clear your mind and refocus your thoughts.
As easy as it is to order from UberEATS, it’s certainly not beneficial to your bank balance. How many times do you go to the supermarket only to come back with the opposite of what you needed all because you hadn’t written a list? By taking the time to meal prep for the week you can plan what ingredients you need to by and what meals you’re going to have when, all so that it fits around whatever schedule you may have. For example, if you tend to do your weekly shop on a Monday then take some time to sit on a Sunday and plan out what meals you want to have throughout the week. Take inspiration from cookbooks and recipe websites to make sure you’re planning something you’re going to enjoy and avoid eating the same thing time after time.
Easier said than done yes but getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things for improving your productivity and efficiency. Try setting yourself a bedtime so you aim to be in bed at the same time every night, that way your body will get used to your new routine. Aim to spend the hour before doing something relaxing such as reading, taking a bath, or following the previous step and journaling. Something to wind down the day and ensure that you have the best sleep possible. You’ll find by doing these types of activities you’ll fall asleep much better than if you were to sit in front of a screen until midnight.
Take a digital detox
Technology is a massive part of our lives whether we like to admit it or not. It’s so easy to forget how dependent we are on our phones or our laptops and never take the change to truly switch off. Try by starting small, perhaps switch your phone off an hour before you go to sleep or if you want to go all in try not using any social media for an entire weekend. It may seem impossible at first, but there is nothing more rewarding that fully experiencing life without feeling like you must document ever stage of it. Switch off and see the world, your mental health will thank you for it.
About Naomi Purvis
I'm 24 and currently working as a fashion designer but have always had a passion for writing, having kept a journal since I was young. I read a lot - hence the book club! And I would love to one day publish my own novel.