Most of us try to get as much done in a day as possible. Some are, however, more successful in completing their tasks than others. Why is that? Productive people are not necessarily the busiest ones. They have just successfully managed to avoid the common traps that negatively affect our productivity.
Is your productivity slipping? Here are 10 things you should stop doing today to get you back on track:
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1. Go with the flow
You need a routine! In order to be productive you have to make a daily routine and stick to it. Try to always do the same thing at the same time every day so you get used to the sequence of activities.
2. Postpone things for later
Postponing things doesn’t cause the tasks go away. Get things done when you can instead of trying to find excuses why now is not a good time.
3. Say YES to everything
You need to learn how to say no. This doesn’t mean you should turn away people. It means you have to make priorities and dedicate your time to things that matter the most. We cannot possibly do everything for everyone and be at every event we get invited to. It is then essential for us to learn how to politely say no.
4. Snooze your alarm clock
This is the difficult one, at least for me. The snooze button is one of the greatest inventions of our time. Unfortunately, it has been proven that fragmented sleep actually makes us more tired. It is better to set your alarm clock later than you would normally do and get up straight away as you will consistently get a more quality sleep.
5. Work long hours
Working long hours doesn’t necessarily mean being more productive. You need to work smarter. Try to focus on what really matters and find a better balance between your personal life and work.
6. Be constantly connected
Social media is a great way of connecting with people. Checking your Facebook or Twitter too often can be dangerous. Instead of constantly checking your phone or having the social media tabs open in your browser, dedicate a particular time of a day to this activity.
7. Do everything by yourself
Putting work in other people’s hands is always a risk. But you need to learn to delegate tasks to boost your productivity! Think of people who can help you with getting things done – your colleagues, partner or your family.
8. Watch TV every day
An average person spends 34 hours per week watching TV. If they cut that time in half, the world would be a better place!
9. Check you email all the time
As tempting as it is, try to avoid checking your email throughout the day. If anything important happens, people will call you. Dedicate some time in the morning to go through your emails and avoid checking your inbox for the rest of the day.
10. Set easy goals
Start dreaming big! Easy goals are cheating!
Do you have any other useful productivity tips? We’d love to hear them!