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The year 2021 is the perfect time to restart and refresh. With so much stress, chaos, and tragedy in 2020, we have dealt with a lot of issues and situations. We have also had time to reflect on ourselves and what matters. Your time is valuable. Here are some ways to make it count in 2021.

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1. Find your motivation

Be it monetary, intrinsic, extrinsic, or more — it is necessary to find your motivation to complete your tasks. Keeping simple notes around the desk to motivate you or dig deep into the real reason for your work. Reminding yourself of your motivation can be extremely powerful in your motivation, which leads to ample levels of productivity.

According to a study published by the International Journal of Economics, Commerce and Management “If organizations desire to keep productivity high, Management must be able to grasp the key theories and strategies of motivation in the management of their human resources.” (M. A. Bawa).

2. Coordinate schedules

This is especially important for parents working from home. U Mass Medical advises that parents should “identify high priority meetings or tasks that require your attention and figure out who has kid-coverage during those times.” However, for single parents, this can be very difficult. Talk to your boss about flexible hours and schedule your work hours around nap time or school.

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3. Prioritize

According to U Mass Medical, “Identify what’s important, what’s urgent, and what’s neither, and then explore how to best manage those items together. After you agree, send an e-mail so that it is in writing”.

4. Manage your energy

You should become familiar with what times of day you have the most energy and when your energy levels spur up or down. In fact, according to Harvard Business Review, “Energy is what pushes managers to go the extra mile when tackling heavy workloads and meeting tight deadlines.” (HBR). If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or tired in the middle of the day, take that time off to relax and recharge for your next work session.

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5. Find balance

“We are human beings not human doings.” Take breaks and spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. Work-life balance is a myth if you don’t put it to practice. At 9Dot Education Solutions, a human resource and accounting agency for schools, the organization encourages employee mindfulness and healthy habits including frequent free yoga sessions and connection hours with all staff. These have been helpful ways to promote employee engagement, especially during times when we cannot see each other face-to-face.

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