Regardless of how much planning goes into long-term goals, your day-to-day work flow typically prevents those goals from happening.
It’s simple to set a goal that’s five years away. It’s also simple to put off a daily task that will help you achieve that goal, considering you have all this time in the future to make up for it.
Here are some basic habits we are addicted to that makes us less productive.
1. Anxiously check our mails
This is the number-one daily habit that derails productivity. I have witnessed this in both office and remote situations, and was once a culprit.
When you neurotically check emails, you enter reactive mode, answering things that typically aren’t that important at that moment.
2. We Get Too Attached To Text Messages and Social Media
Every time you feel frustrated or lost, it’s easy to pick up the phone and browse social media feeds or begin texting. Behind email and social media, text messaging is the third largest distraction.
3. Embarrassing Other Distractions
Music – especially music I’m not familiar with – helps me focus. Let people know they just can’t come up to you at any time and ask a question.
You’re not being mean – you’re simply getting stuff done in a more timely manner.
4. Not Creating A Prioritized Day-To-Day Tasks List
I was always been told that writing down your goals or to-do-lists does not mean you are not brilliant or intelligent.
You don’t always remember all your task when you start them but your write ups can always reminder you.
5. Not Blocking Time
Now that you got a prioritized list, you have to block time for each tasks.
Times allotted will be different for everyone, but try never to block more than 2 hours for any one task without taking at least a 10-15-minute break.
Example of time blocking is here below;
6:30 – 7 a.m.: Check/respond to emails
7 – 9:30 a.m.: Finish article draft
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.: take a break, refresh your brain, and re plan.
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.: Create client content strategy
11:45 – noon: Revisit agenda for noon call
6. Not Wanting To Ask Questions
One thing that definitely makes you less productive – especially in the long term – is not asking questions when you’re unfamiliar with a subject or concept.
Asking questions will educate you faster, speeding up productivity in the long run.
Without good health, your brain won’t run at full capacity. And without being in a constant state of learning, your thoughts will become complacent, and progress halts.
Here Are Some Basic Things We Do Daily At Work That Makes Us Less Productive.
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