How to fake a fresh start

If you know me, you know one of my favorite times of year is the new year when everybody is thinking about their intentions, goals, and habits. There’s nothing like a fresh start, but New Year’s Day only comes once a year.

My solution is to trick myself into feeling like I have fresh starts ALL THE TIME! Whether it’s the beginning of the week, right after a walk, or even just picking up my computer and moving to a new room, it’s surprisingly easy to fake a fresh start every single day! Check out my tips and be sure to leave yours in the comments below!

 

 

Unfortunately, every day can't be New Year's Day. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can fake a fresh start and get yourself out of a rut. | HOW TO FAKE A FRESH START | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

 

I might run a productivity, positivity, lifestyle blog, but that doesn’t mean my lifestyle is 100% productivity and positivity! A lot of the time, I’m thinking of ways to trick my brain into being more productive. One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to convince myself that I’m having a fresh start, any time and any place. Here are my top five favorite ways to fake a fresh start!

 

Relocate

No, don’t worry, I’m not talking about selling your home and moving away! By “relocate,” I just mean pick up your stuff, and move to another room. If you feel like you’re in a rut with your work, pick up your laptop and move from your bed to your kitchen table. If you’re in a dorm room, move from your bed to your desk. If you really need a fresh start, go to the library, find an empty classroom, or sit down at a picnic table outside.

There’s a lot to be said for starting your work at a new location. For some reason, this almost always gets me into a better, more productive mindset, even if I’m just moving to the other side of the room!

 

Go for a walk

If plain old relocating isn’t working for you, try taking a quick break. If you’re having trouble being productive at your desk, you’re probably not going to be productive after a break that just involves watching a YouTube video at your desk. For your break, try venturing outside.

A walk out in the sunshine can be both a physical and metaphorical breath of fresh air. If you’re stressed, overwhelmed, and stuck in a rut, sometimes all it takes is some greenery and some sunshine to help put things into perspective. When I’m feeling really stuck, I like to go outside for a quick walk and when I come back, I’m always feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.

 

Set a timer

The Pomodoro method is a tried and true study tactic, but even if you’re not studying, timers and chunking your tasks can still be helpful! Sometimes the reason that we’re feeling stuck is that we simply can’t figure out how to start but working on a task for a short period of time can help us get over our fear and just get going.

If you’re feeling stuck, try setting a timer for just five or ten minutes and just make yourself work until the timer goes off. Don’t let yourself pick up your phone or start a new task. Just work on the thing you’re trying to accomplish until that timer goes off and then let yourself take a break. You’ll be surprised how much you accomplish in that short amount of time and how motivated you feel to keep working!

 

Start something new

Sometimes the only way to get yourself out of a rut and find a fresh start is to just put your task away and start something new. If you’re trying to work on a paper and just can’t seem to get anywhere, try working on that econ problem set instead. If you can’t motivate yourself to clean your apartment, try reading a book for a little while instead. It’s like a diet — if you try to hold yourself to it too strictly, you’re not going to be able to stick to it. Give yourself permission to color outside the lines a little bit and you might surprise yourself with a newfound motivation to work on that original task.

 

Develop a weekly routine that builds to Sunday or Monday

This tip takes a bit longer to implement, but it helps every single week feel like a fresh start. Your routines should be things that you can keep track of and stick to, but when you’re building them, I recommend thinking about how you’re conceptualizing the week.

No matter what day is your beginning of the week (mine’s Monday!), think about the way you emphasize that day in your schedule. For example, with my chores, I like to make sure Sunday is my easiest chore, so that on Monday, I feel like I’m diving right back in again. The fact that I don’t have class on the weekend but I currently have an 8 hour class on Monday certainly helps me feel like I’m really diving headfirst into the week.

Building your weekly routine around your beginning-of-the-week-day helps to build in a day that has the fresh start spirit of New Year’s Day into EVERY SINGLE WEEK! I love this method because I always know when a fresh start is coming up and even if I’m having a really unproductive week, I always have a new week to look forward to.

 

“Fresh starts” are largely fabricated, but they can be a massive help when trying to boost productivity. I hope these tips helped you figure out how to build some new fresh starts into your life. Whether it’s a certain day every week or the moments after a walk in the woods, there’s no bad time to fake a fresh start and work on being more productive!

 

{How do you build fresh starts into your life? Are you going to try any of these tips? Tell me in the comments below! I read and respond to every single comment.}

 

 

 

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