Did you realize there are things you are likely doing every day that are decreasing your productivity? It’s time to rid yourself of these 10 bad habits that are preventing you from achieving your goals and reaching your full potential.
1. Surrounding Yourself with Distractions
With the introduction of the internet and then the smartphone, distracting yourself is now easier than ever. Stop grabbing your phone every few minutes or clicking out of your work to browse the internet and check social media—breaking your concentration breaks your “flow,” and makes you less productive.
2. Taking on Too Much
If you feel like you can’t say no when someone asks you to handle a task or take on an extra project, it’s time to change your mindset. Saying yes to everyone spreads you too thin, which in turn makes you less productive since you have less time in your schedule to spend on each task.
3. Speaking Ill of Others
According to Eleanor Roosevelt, “Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people.”
4. Using a Screen in Bed
Did you know that working on your laptop and checking your phone or tablet in bed is actually decreasing your ability to sleep? The blue lights emitted by these screens can cause a decrease in your body’s production of melatonin, delaying your ability to fall asleep.
5. Striving for Perfection
While it’s important to always do your best, if nothing but perfection is good enough for you, you’ll find yourself wasting too much time on projects, getting backed up on work, and increasing your anxiety levels.
The theory that multitasking allows you to get more done in the day is a common misconception that couldn’t be further from the truth. When you focus on too much at one time, you can’t give anything the attention it deserves, which means details get overlooked, projects don’t get completed, and you’re ultimately not very productive at all.
7. Sleeping In
Stop hitting snooze and sleeping the morning away. Your body only needs about 8 hours of sleep each night—when you get up and get to work bright and early, you’ll have more time in the day to get stuff done.
While we sometimes procrastinate to reduce anxiety, it actually just makes us more anxious. Stop putting off until tomorrow what you can do today. Tackle the most difficult tasks early in the day and stop putting them off until the last minute. You’ll get more done, and you’ll reduce your stress and anxiety.
9. Comparing Yourself to Others
Comparing yourself to others will always leave you feeling less than and defeated. Stop it now.
10. Not Exercising
Get up and get moving. Exercise reduces stress and releases endorphins, which can leave you feeling revitalized and ready to take on the world. Go for a walk, lift some weights, take your dog for a jog—whatever you do, just get moving!
Increase Your Productivity
Are you ready to be more productive? Drop these bad habits now, and watch your motivation and productivity levels increase immediately.