Happy New Year of the Rabbit! This lunar new year began on Sunday, kicking off 15 days of festivities and customs.
While the past year of the tiger was seen as a powerful period of action, the rabbit sign is a strong symbol of peace and is expected to usher in a softer period focused on self-reflection.
For the year of the rabbit, we should all be focusing on rest, introspection, and working smarter, not harder.
Here are 7 ways to embrace the year of the rabbit at work
- Time Out!
When working on a complex problem or when you feel that you have too much to do, it is easy to convince yourself that you do not have the time to take breaks. However, research has found that taking a break can be very beneficial for you and your work. Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed with everything on your to-do list, your mental well-being will thank you for taking a break! During your breaks, make sure you get up to stretch, drink water, and have a snack. Plus, get some fresh air. The change of scenery will do you wonders.
- Complete tasks based on your best energy levels
A lot of employers are now seeing the importance of flexible working hours. Figuring out when you’re the most productive and energized to work is a useful way to work smarter. Forcing yourself to work when your brain is fatigued won’t help you produce good work.
It is time to adjust your attitude and have a PMA (positive mental attitude) at work. Thinking about the positives daily can give you a better outlook when working. Focusing too much on the negative aspects of work can drain and distract you from being productive.
- Make a routine
Small daily habits are key to getting into a good working groove. Start the morning on the right side of the bed by practicing mindful habits in the morning to start the day off right!
- Enhance your communication skills
Great communication is an incredibly useful skill to have in the workplace. Enhancing your communication skills won’t just benefit you, either. If you can communicate effectively, you can save everyone’s time, including their own.
- N-O spells no
Do you ever feel overwhelmed or like you’re being taken advantage of? Learning how to say ‘no’ will help you prioritize your energy and focus on your primary tasks first.
- Keep your to-do list manageable
Everyone loves checking things off a to-do list—but if it’s not done right, your to-do list can cause more harm than good. Give yourself a reality check before making a to-do list at the start of the day, to avoid stress and disappointment.