Are you being less productive? What to do!!

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By: Good Nelly
on 20th Oct,2016

To rectify this, first of all, you need to recognize what your bad habits are.
Are you being less productive? What to do!!

Do you often wonder why some days you are not able to deliver the amount of work which you should have done easily? Or, do you end up thinking almost every day why you are not able to give the required output at work? This may be because unknowingly you’ve acquired certain bad habits, which are making you less productive. To rectify this situation, first of all, you need to recognize what your bad habits are. Only then you’ll be able to fix them and in turn, it’ll automatically increase your productivity.

Go through this article and check out how many habits you follow. Even if you have quite a few these habits, don’t worry; just check out what you need to do in order to increase your productivity.

Pressing the snooze button early in the morning

Often we start our day by doing a wrong thing right in the morning; that is, hit the snooze button to get extra, say about 5-10 minutes of more sleep. Because, if you snooze for more time, you might hamper your entire day’s work schedule. Moreover, this also sends a wrong signal to the body. The endocrine system is designed in a way to release alertness hormones when we first wake up. If you sleep for some more time, you actually slow down the process.

What to do: Instead of hitting the ‘snooze’ button, calculate your time carefully the previous night, and set the alarm at a time, when you need to wake up as soon as it starts ringing.

Browsing the internet after every few minutes

Many of you have the habit of searching the internet whenever any question pops into your head. But, doing so, you get side-tracked and it takes some time to get back to the work you were doing.

What to do: Whenever anything comes to your mind, write it down on a piece of paper and search it online only after you’ve finished your present work.

Paying heed to each and every distraction

There are also some other distractions which you experience every day which you need to avoid in order to increase your productivity. Such distractions include video games, watching television or from your co-workers, family, and friends.

What to do: It is advisable to concentrate and to not login to everything (such as Facebook) while working so that you’re able to finish your work fast.

Not being able to prioritize tasks

Developing the ability to prioritize tasks properly, is one of the most important habits required to be more productive. Failing to do so, you’ll never be able to complete your tasks on time.

What to do: Prioritize and place a time period on each of your tasks within which you need to complete them one by one.

Flaunting the ability to multi-task

If you think that you have a special talent since you can handle several tasks simultaneously, give yourself a pat on your back, but at the same time, restrict using it. Scientific research points to the fact that only about 2% of the nation’s population have the ability to multi-task effectively. For the rest 98%, the attention span decreases when they want to multi-task and as a result, they become less productive if they practice this for a long time.

What to do: Do multi-tasking when it is unavoidable; on other times, prioritize work and complete one after another. You’ll be able to be more productive this way.

Trying to be a perfectionist all the time

Do not read this with raised eyebrows! There is nothing wrong with being a perfectionist. On the contrary, you should try to be one. However, you need to know how to draw the balance.

What to do: Do not set unrealistically high work standards and when you know that things are not going as they’re supposed to be, then try to figure out alternative plans regarding how to complete them the best way, instead of trying to make your initial plan successful.

Not being able to plan properly

Often while prioritizing work, we over-plan or under-plan things. Most people try to over-plan by carefully planning each hour of their day thereby decreasing their actual productivity. This is because you never know which work will take a little longer to finish. Likewise, giving time to a project as long as it takes and not planning it properly will hamper your efficiency.

What to do: It is better to follow midway; take out time and strategize a work to complete it accurately without wasting much time. Try to plan about 4-5 hours of real work every day in order to be more productive.

Having the habit of saying ‘yes’ to everyone

You might have the notion that saying ‘yes’ to everything, people ask from you, is a very good gesture; but it might backfire in the long run. This is because you cannot maintain giving output and pleasing everyone at the time they ask for.

What to do: It is better if you mention it clearly that you can’t say ‘yes’ to everyone. It won’t hurt your image; on the contrary, people will start valuing your time and you’ll be able to finish your work as per the deadline.

Not able to make the right decision

Keeping a thing for too long before you arrive at a decision can hamper the productivity to a large extent. Researches reveal that a well-structured work can come to a halt if you’re not able to make the right decision at the right time.

What to do: So, instead of pondering over a matter for too long, give yourself a time within which you should consider the pros and cons and decide what will be good for you and/or the organization. If you decide to make that decision later, then set a reminder so that you won’t have to think about it all the time and hamper your current work.

Keeping your phone on your bed side table

One of the most popular distractions that affect productivity is keeping your phone on your bed side table. Are you wondering why or how does it relate to unproductivity? First of all, the LED screens of certain gadgets such as, tablets, smartphones, and laptops emit blue light, which reduces production of melatonin, a hormone which regulates the sleep cycle. Therefore, if that hormone is produced in less, it hampers sleep and as a result, will eventually decrease your productivity.

What to do: To be highly productive - Have a good sleep at night, wake up as soon as your eyes open and enjoy being productive the whole day.

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