Humans are creatures of habit and it’s these habits that define just how effective, or ineffective, we are at work, school and in our day-to-day lives. Frank Clark once said, “Habits are something we do without thinking. That’s why some of us have so many of them.” It’s easy for our bad habits to go on autopilot and therefore we can do some serious sabotage to our productivity.
Just recognizing any bad habits that are hurting your productivity is half the battle. Some may be obvious, and some you may not even realize how that bad habit has been holding you back every day. If you have a lot, don’t feel like you need to tackle all of them at once. Killing off even one can dramatically transform your life.
“Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.” –Nathanael Emmons
Break these 4 bad habits that are hurting your productivity.
Stop texting all the time
Did you know the average person sends 85 texts every day and spends over four hours on the phone? Those are some crazy numbers and, you guessed it…productivity killers. Every time you stop what you’re working on to text or scroll through your Instagram feed, you’re resetting your focus and hindering optimal productivity.
Falling into the rabbit hole browsing
You start out Googling a word you don’t know, then search for that new restaurant you want to check out for dinner, and before you know it, you’re looking at pugs dressed up in Halloween costumes. We’re all guilty of endlessly surfing the internet but it’s become one of the biggest productivity-sucking addictions out there. Forbes explains how it will take you 15 minutes of focus before you’re able to give your full attention to a task. When you get there, you fall into a euphoric state called flow–which is where your productivity really starts flowing. Once you break out of that flow because you have the urge to login to your Facebook, you must go through another 15 minutes of focus to reach that state once again.
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Checking your email as they come in
Why does email always feel like a productivity suck? Because if not done right it can be. Refrain from checking and responding to every email as soon as you see that email notification. Turn off those annoying email alerts and block out time to check your email and stick to those specified breaks. Don’t allow email to rule you and be your constant productivity interruption.
Getting your easy tasks out of the way first
It’s tempting to tackle the easy stuff first thing, but you’re only pushing the more challenging task further down your to-do list until it’s left as, well, still a to-do. Researchers have found that willpower is a limited resource that gets lower and lower as the day goes on. Your brain will be able to better handle the most difficult tasks at the start of your day when you’re more focused.
Stop sabotaging yourself with these bad habits and break them to become more productive, starting today!
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References: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/bad-habits-for-productivity, https://www.peterstark.com/8-habits-hurt-productivity/, https://www.developgoodhabits.com/bad-productivity-habits/, http://www.businessinsider.com/bad-habits-that-killing-productivity-2016-12, https://www.inc.com/travis-bradberry/9-bad-habits-you-must-break-to-be-more-productive.html, https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-habits-you-need-to-ditch-if-you-plan-on-being-productive-today