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Daily Habits That Lesser Your Productivity
Some days are more productive than others, but why is that so? With only 1440 minutes in a day, how do you make the most of it and increase your productivity by changing some of your daily habits? The following changes can boost your productivity.
It doesn’t matter if you’re working for a company or running one, everybody’s day is filled with the exact same amount of time every day. The difference is how you spend it.
Each day is a new opportunity to make a success. It doesn’t matter if you’re scouting for new clients or creating content for your blog if you’re distracted most of the day – be it by clients, co-workers, or even your boss you’re wasting your work value in the end.
Some people understand how to charge productivity and that’s one of the reasons they’re a remarkable success, where others just ‘go with the flow,’ hoping that the day will be sufficient to get things done.
Leading a productive life whole year-round helps a majority of byproducts surface. Things like better physical and mental health, an increase in income, and perhaps more time with your family. This, however, doesn’t mean permanently being at work, you need days to recharge because 365 days a year you’re constantly thinking.
The Following Might Help Boost Productivity:
Some people call it “Time Management Inverted” and it allows you to manage your time, tasks, and goals while seeing the bigger and smaller pictures. By bigger, I mean visions and smaller day-to-day things. Instead of managing your time to get to everything, you’ll be managing your focus and increase productivity.
This theory is built on five foundations, whereas the bigger parts are the most important.
- Prolonged Visions
- Goals Per Month
- Weekly Strategy
- All Year Round Daily Tasks
This theory helps smooth things down and reduce stress because it simplifies things a whole lot.
Beginning with daily goals, you work it into weekly strategies that lead to monthly goals, which by the end of the day feeds your prolonged or long-term vision. It also creates day-to-day habits that increase productivity and in the process destroys unproductive habits.
An interesting opinion on habits from Maxwell Maltz’s book “PsychoCybernetics.” – Is said that a person can form a new habit within 21 days time. I don’t know if this is true, but the point is to create productive habits and get rid of the unproductive ones. Let’s look at a few habits that are considered unproductive.
4 Unproductive Habits In Your Day-To-Day Life
1. Neurotic Checking Of Emails
When you neurotically check your emails, you go into reactive mode without even knowing it and start to reply to things that aren’t that important at the time. This makes you lose focus and also productivity. It’s also like prompting a ‘switch of context’ button which lowers mental energy.
You can begin with turning off the notifications of your email so that it doesn’t distract you from focusing on the things needing your full attention.
2. Checking Social Media
When it comes to social media, we’re all victims, especially when it’s something interesting and newsworthy we’re looking at on the feed. Soon you find yourself reading the comment section and checking responses and 30 minutes later you’re behind schedule with the important thing you were working on.
This is a bad habit, and that too a tough one to break. Just like above, turn off notifications while you’re supposed to be focusing, making sure that your social media doesn’t distract you from your main goal. If you must, you can reward yourself with checking notifications every few hours.
3. Not Taking Daily Breaks
Short breaks should always be included in your day-to-day list. After focusing for 2 or more hours, your focus tends to run out, therefore including a few 10-15 minute breaks in your day to take a breather is important. Everyone has different tasks, so you should find what works for you.
If you work for a few hours then take a break and work again, it allows your mind to get a little time off as well. Specifically, people that work from home and are constantly busy.
4. Not Asking Questions
Asking questions teaches you faster, which can help your productivity in the future and if you don’t ask, you won’t know. Some people don’t ask questions because of the fear of looking unsmart. They would rather google the subject than ask the one explaining, this is wrong.
It’s always good to ask questions when you’re not certain about a subject or task. Education is power, and empowering yourself through knowledge and asking questions is good!
What To Do?
Focus more on the things that increase productivity instead of things that drain you physically and/or mentally. Make your time count while being productive in your field of expertise.