Productivity tips to implement in 2019 for a successful 2020

5 December 2019

There's only 2 or 3 weeks left of the work year (depending on your holiday schedule) and while you're still working hard to tick off items on this year's to-do list, you really should be spending a bit of time setting yourself up for next year.

Here are my top end-of-year tasks that you can (and should) do this year to make sure that 2020 gets off to a distraction-free start.

  1. Unsubscribe from all the subscriptions that you signed up for over the past year. You know those ones where you need to sign up before you can get the "free" download...
  2. Just like high school, take some time to clean your desk (or backpack) and throw away those broken pens and old pieces of paper. Go through any completed project files and either file or shred them.
  3. Go through your inbox and watch all those workshop videos that you signed up for (in point 1) and then either Share, File or Delete them. It may take a day or two, but write those gold nuggets down for your 2020 Vision Board and it will be like a weight has been lifted of your shoulders.
  4. Reorganise your browser's shortcut bar, e.g. remove Facebook as well as any old file links. Rather add shortcuts to any unread articles or inspirational blog sites.
  5. If you're inbox is empty and you've done all the above, why not take part in Marie Forleo's Decade in Review challenge?
  6. Finally, get over your FOMO and take a digital detox: Put an out of office message on all your email and social media accounts and take a few days to be in the moment with your family and friends. You'll come back rejuvenated and ready for action without having missed anything (promise).

What are your favorite ways of cleaning up after a long year? Tossing all your papers in a bin or just leaving everything as is and letting future-you take care of it? Feel free to drop me an email and let me know.


Adri's personal mantra is "get stuff done" and she's got a knack for converting big scary projects with looming deadlines into much more manageable and achievable bite-size chunks.