Do you often find yourself unable to combat the pull of social media while working?
Are you stuck in a work schedule that doesn’t deliver your full potential?
You’re definitely not the only one here who has a hard time in both engaging and maintaining productivity. Sometimes, despite working hard and disciplining yourself, the outcome may be processed slowly. It is because of some of the teeny-tiny habits that most of us fail to realize.
You need to first identify the bad habits to get rid of them. Removing these habits will help you regain focus and productivity.
Not Leaving Behind these Habits will Cost You Productivity
There are a number of habits that can hinder a person’s productivity, like –
Checking your phone first thing in the morning
One of the worst habits that can hinder growth and productivity. Your fresh thoughts, ideas, and focus for the day are immediately hijacked by the new messages, emails, and notifications that you received. These things force you to focus on not-so-important things and divert you from the ultimate goals.
If you also belong to ‘I will do everything on my own’ pack, trust me, it’s one of the primary reasons for your slow productivity.
In today’s world of tools and technology, if you are not delegating tasks to automated tools like Buffer, Stillio, MailChimp, and so many others, you will naturally be slower than the others. Plus, instead of saving a few pennies that these tools cost you, you could be earning millions of onboarding new clients!
Not having a work routine
If you’re in the habit of working whenever your heart wants too, you are already digging the grave for your productivity.
A work routine is essential to get your mind into productive gear. Without a focused mind, you go on a cold work mode that takes a toll on your productivity.
However, doing things when you actually have the drive can sometimes prove to be beneficial in terms of productivity. But, let’s be honest here, most of the time we don’t feel like working AT ALL.
Being a Perfectionist
Another common bad habit that is often misinterpreted as a good trait is perfectionism.
When one has unrealistically high work standards, you tend to work on your task until your last breath. This often leads to falling behind your goals along with a mountain of tasks yet to be completed.
It’s easy to quit things mentally if it does not go well. You can always come back to the drafts that weren’t pitch-perfect the first time!
Having a giant to-do list
When you’re planning your day ahead, it’s easy to get impertinent and fill a to-do list. You forget that there are just 24 hours in a day and you are a human.
Resultantly, when you skim through the list at the end of the day, you feel overwhelmed and unmotivated. And once this feeling kicks in, you realize that you’re in trouble.
Indecision can bring a good, focused, and productive work session to a shrieking halt if it goes on for too long.
The inability to make a decision, makes you revisit all the information you have, and mentally rehearse the pros and cons.
This process, in turn, consumes your willpower and energy, agitating your productivity.
Learn to trust your gut and never take any decision in haste, give yourself sufficient time to consider all the determinants before you ‘seal the deal.’
Of all the bad habits, this is the most common and extremely fatal on your daily productivity. Multitasking, in the real sense, means doing multiple tasks all at once.
However, in reality, you are just shifting focus from one task to another, leading to drainage of time and productivity. So, when you actually try to do more than one thing at the same time, you are instead reducing the mental capacity to perform all the tasks successfully.
Here’s a study by Standford University, for all of you who believe multitasking is a good thing!
Now that we are at the end of this content piece, I want to wrap up with one last thing – just reading about the habits that are destroying your productivity isn’t enough. Own it and take action. Pledge never to repeat the same mistakes. Start from scratch, make new goals, and restart! All the best.