Who doesn’t want to be productive every day? The more aware we are of how things can affect our productivity, the more proactive we will be in taking responsibility for those choices.
The reason is, there are many bad habits that we do every day which actually make us unproductive. Summarized from HubSpot, here are some bad habits that can hamper productivity and how to stop them!
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Everyone usually starts activities in the morning after waking up. Unfortunately, some people immediately do various heavy activities without giving time for the brain and mind to decompress and prepare for the day.
You even skip breakfast because you’re not hungry. This turns out to actually have negative consequences on your productivity.
You have to stop this habit of rushing in the morning by doing a short meditation before other activities. You can wake up 10-30 minutes earlier to give your body room to breathe.
Do the Easy Things First
You’d probably prefer to complete the easier tasks first before tackling the difficult ones, right? Turns out this is the wrong way, Beauties. A person’s willingness to complete tasks continues to decrease throughout the day.
So, it’s much better if you tackle the most difficult tasks earlier in the day when you’re more focused. Mornings tend to provide fewer distractions, making it easier for you to get things done.
Everyone has a different to-do list style, but try to prioritize the most difficult tasks early in the day to be most effective.
Work on Lunch Break
5 Daily Habits That Can Make You Unproductive and How to Stop Them/Photo: Freepik
It feels very difficult to leave unfinished work during break time. Some people actually choose to eat lunch while continuing their work in the office. Instead of being multitasking, this habit actually has a bad impact on your productivity because it can cause stress.
The best way to take a lunch break is to get out of your workspace and eat somewhere else such as a cafeteria, restaurant, or public park. You can even network at work by eating with colleagues.
Checking Social Media during Work Hours
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Some people are very easily distracted from their busy lives just for a social media notification. The urge to check social media notifications intensely will make it difficult for your productivity. Once you open a notification it usually ends up with lots of things on social media non-stop. Your attention will be completely absorbed and ignore other interests.
So, it is important for you to turn off social media notifications so that you can control when is the right time to check these notifications. Apart from that, put your cellphone away when you are working so that it doesn’t disturb your focus.
Saying “Yes” to Every Encounter
It turns out, the average person wastes 31 hours per month in unproductive meetings. These unnecessary meetings are meetings for which you or the person concerned is not prepared and you don’t really have to be there. This actually makes you forget time and lose yourself.
Try to get those 31 hours by attending really important meetings or scheduling meetings en masse. This is a strategic way to ensure your time is not wasted considering that a person generally needs 23 minutes to refocus after switching tasks.
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