14 Habits That Kill Your Productivity
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For those who wonder what they might be doing wrong: The answer is right in front of your eyes. Here are the habits that decrease your productivity.
One of our most common problems is having to work more than you should due to working inefficiently. Because of the increasing stress and anxiety, the use of anti-depressants is quickly spreading and so is the number of younger people using them.
Our little habits have a big impact on our productivity, which we unfortunately half of the time don't seem to realize. Actually, trying to change these habits can gradually increase your creativity and efficiency in a short period of time. We have a list of 14 bad habits that kill your productivity and some tips to overcome them.
1. Notification Mania
What comes with the result is not being able to maintain the level of your concentration. This is normal because our environment is surrounded by an excessive amount of notifications, which makes it harder to keep our concentration top-notch.
While working on something that needs your attention without any disruptions, you should turn off all alerts (telephone, e-mail notifications) to keep you concentrated.
2. Starting with one question and ending up finding yourself meaninglessly surfing on the internet.
One of the most common things that we do is searching something on the internet while working. Then what happens? The answer that we receive leads to another question, and while that answer leads to another question, we realize that the whole day is wasted :/ The easiest solution for this: Take notes. While working, always have a paper and a pen nearby; write down whatever crosses your mind. In this manner, after you finish the work in front of you, you can spend as much time on Google as you please.
3. To see carrying on as a difficulty, while breaking it off as an award
Let’s give a simple example: You are on a diet. You stuck to it for a while, but then decided to eat your favorite dish on the weekend as a reward...
Why see proceeding as a punishment, but treat ourselves with something that we’re trying to quit as an award? Do not refuse to internalize a new and good habit. Same goes for trying out new tactics while working.
4. Postponing the most important task
Instead of finishing the most important task early in the morning to get it out of the way, we usually finish simple tasks to feel like we've actually accomplished something.
However, science has proven that people's willpower decreases each and every day. Let's confess; the major task that we've left for last is either left undone or we end up having to take more shifts than usual.
5. Snooze button addiction
'5 more minutes.'
Studies show that the extra 5 minutes we take relaxing actually does not relax the body and mind. It does just the opposite as it slows down the process we take to wake up. Leave your alarm button off and keep your phone or alarm clock distanced from where you lay to have you get out of bed.
6. Failing to prioritize your work
This is also related to that habit of us: when we finish our simple tasks first to make us feel like we've actually accomplished something. Let's start with Warren Buffet's famous teachings: Write down 20 things on your list you have to do this week.
Now mark the most important 5.
Now forget everything else on the list. You might have a lot of work, but your priority is those 5 things.
7. Having too many distractions on your desk.
It could be a folder waiting to be worked on, or a fax that needs to be answered, maybe your notes for another class... Long story short, it could be anything. If you have something in front of you that distracts you even for a second, try putting it somewhere else. You could put it in your drawer, or you could try putting it somewhere out of your sight.
8. Having your phone be the last thing you see before sleeping
A shiny blue LED light should not be the last thing you see before bed at night. This light is known for decreasing the melatonin hormone which helps you fall asleep. It obstructs the brain to go from 'processing' mode to 'resting' mood. When this happens, it can lead to inefficient sleep throughout the night and result in starting off the day unhappy.
Usually planning out every day and every second of the week ends up with many things undone, leaving you feeling demoralized. No matter how many plans we make, something unexpected always gets in the way. Instead of this, making 3-4 hour plans is much better and more productive.
10. Planning insufficiently
Neglecting or going with the flow is another way that leads to inefficiency. You spend your time thinking about 'should I do this or should I do that' or whatever, for hours. Planning out little by little before starting and defining a strategy can be very beneficial.
11. Forgetting to plan a break
While planning wonderful things, forgetting about a break is a big mistake. You can't work for hours and still expect your brain to function like it did before you started. Every 30 minutes, use five minutes to take a break or to get up and walk around. Go to the window, take a breath, and stretch your muscles. You won't believe the impact of a 5-minute break...
Studies have proven that multitasking is not a skill to be proud of as it has very negative effects on one's brain. Our brains are most efficient while concentrated. Multiple tasks decrease the ability of the brain to focus. What we do is actually not multitasking as it is just glancing over irrelevant things. Each time we do this, we damage our comprehension skills.
13. Spending most of your time on worthless things while trying to do everything
Based on the Pareto principle, in life, we spend 80% of our time to change 20% of something. 80% of the results are achieved with 20% of workmanship. If we accomplish 20% of the work, we cover up 80% of it. The principle comes to a very important outcome: Using time efficiently.
14. Aaaand meetings...
Nothing can decrease productivity like an unnecessary meeting. You get different subjects being talked about, people starting conversations, having coffee and tea services, the main person ends up being late, you get irrelevant people included, someone gets an urgent phone call, it never ends...
Stay away from meetings when the content and time limit are not specified.