Tips on Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Anne Liao.

The winter holidays have put everyone into a festive mood and most of us have probably found out that transitioning into the new year is difficult. There’s a lot more to do now after the Holidays. Here are some tips to help manage busy lives and to get back on track.

  • Use an agenda or calendar to keep track of obligations and dead lines. The agenda/calendar can be an electronic or physical copy, whichever fits your needs the best. It’ll help with organization and you won’t forget your important dates.
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals to help get things done. You may already be familiar with the S.M.A.R.T. goals but for those who don’t know here’s a brief overview.
  • Specific – You are more likely to achieve a specific goal than a general one. You can start by answering who, what, when, where, why and how.
  • Measurable – Make sure there is a measurable way to see if you are progressing towards your goal.
  • Attainable – The goal you set should be reasonable and possible to achieve based on your skills.
  • Realistic – Choose a goal that you are willing to work towards.
  • Timely – Set a time frame for the goal. Avoid “someday”.
  • Set aside a couple minutes each day to exercise. The length can vary depending on your schedule but even 10 – 15 minutes of stretching or running up and down the stairs can help relax your muscles and relieve some stress.
  • Reward yourself. Getting back on track is difficult and if you’ve stayed on top of your workload or achieved a goal then you deserve a reward.