5 Scientifically-Proven Ways You’re Hampering Your Own Productivity
Whatever your new year’s resolutions may be, you’re bound to want to achieve them in as productive and efficient a manner as possible. How you do this will depend on the resolution itself, but today’s blog outlines five habits to break if you want to be the most productive you possible.
These 5 common habits have been scientifically proven to stop you from achieving as much as you could, and who wants that to happen?
If you find you’re struggling with time management and productivity despite best efforts, why not get in touch for a free 30-minute consultation session? I’m always happy to share my experience and knowledge.
5 Bad Productivity Habits to Break NOW
Working too much overtime
While it can be tempting to work as many hours as possible to fit everything in, the truth is that working more can make you less productive. Work eight hours a day, five days a week and focus on streamlining how you work. We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, work smarter, not harder.
Don’t forget to make sure you always get enough sleep too.
Not getting enough sleep
We’ve all heard of people boasting about how little sleep they can survive on but habitually existing on a few hours’ sleep is nothing to be proud of. You may feel like you’re performing at your peak but, without enough sleep, you won’t be. For most people, working an 8-hour day and sleeping 8 hours a night is best for productivity.
If you struggle to get sufficient sleep at night, remember that some of the greatest minds in history were fond of a daily nap. It may not go down well if you snooze in the office every day but, if your working environment permits, why not follow in the footsteps of John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Napoleon and Leonardo da Vinci? Nobody can say that napping held them back from achieving greatness!
Saying “yes” when you should be saying “no”
Sometimes you need to put yourself and your own needs first. Don’t be afraid to say no if you haven’t got time to fit in a new request for your time, or if you just don’t fancy taking on a particular task (within reason). Remember, that saying no doesn’t mean being rude.
Follow the advice of Warren Buffet, a great advocate of saying no to tasks that don’t fit in with your plans or add value to your working day.
Not delegating enough or even at all!
We all like to think that we are indispensable but we all need help sometimes. This comes back to the three previous points – you can’t work an eight-hour day and get enough rest time if you’re constantly trying to do everything by yourself. Learn to delegate, and do it well, and not only will your productivity will soar, you’ll be a lot less stressed.
This can also apply to carrying out repetitive tasks in a world where there is plenty of scope for automation. If you have software which can take on scheduled tasks, make sure to use it. You’re not automating yourself out of a job, you’re using your time on valuable work (or just as importantly, leaving work early or on time to spend on you), rather than unnecessary time sinks.
Expecting perfection always
Citing perfectionism as a weakness at a job interview is a bit of a humorous cliché, but striving for perfection has the potential to hold you back from achieving what you could realistically and reasonably achieve. I’m not suggesting you submit substandard work, rather that you accept that life is seldom perfect and, quite often, perfection is not possible.
If you’re not convinced that perfectionism should be nipped in the bud, here are a few examples on how it can work against you:
- More time than is necessary is spent on each task, instantly reducing productivity
- Waiting for the perfect moment to start or even complete a task often means it doesn’t get done. Again, perfection rarely exists – you need to get on with things
- Focusing too much on small details and specific tasks means you’re likely to miss out on the bigger picture – which is rarely conducive to getting things done
If you would like more help with any of these productivity-stifling habits, or anything else which is standing between you and greatness, get in touch today to find out how I can help.
Start 2017 as you mean to continue – excellently!
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