Want to get 2017 off to a flying start? Check out our four simple ways to make yourself smarter and more efficient in the new year. Not only will your work benefit, you can also benefit personally and make you happier, healthier and generally much better prepared to take on what 2017 has to offer.
Clear out your inbox
How many messages do you have in your inbox? Unless you are extremely organised and are really on top of things, you inbox is probably clogged up with messages that you’ve already dealt with, useless spam, newsletters and other promotions that you’ll never read. Spending a few hours early in January is a great idea. Keep only the messages that are absolutely essential and archive everything else. There’s nothing quite like a clean and empty inbox to start the year with and it will help you tackle the coming year confidently and efficiently.
Make 2017 the year you learn a new language
Learning a new language is a great idea for 2017. You don’t have to become fluent to reap the benefits of knowing another language, just knowing a few key phrases can be a fantastic achievement and immediately makes you more perceptive and mentally agile. Whether you use your new language for business or pleasure or not at all, the fact you are learning something has fantastic benefits including keeping your mind active, delaying cognitive decline and research suggests it can even help prevent conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Get yourself a new qualification
Like learning a new language, gaining a new qualification can have great benefits and be a really good way of getting 2017 off to a great start. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment such as a degree or a professional but can be a short course such as those offered by FutureLearn. Here you can take certificated courses in a range of subjects both business and career related and in a range of academic subjects. Prices are free (or very, very cheap) and you’ll have a real sense of achievement when you have completed it.