A lot of people struggle on being productive. And it’s not simply because they have too many things to do and there’s too little time. Despite all of us having 24 hours a day, some people tend to produce a result after another while the rest fumbles the whole day without crossing a single task on their “to do list”.
If being productive feels like a daily struggle to you, then knowing these 7 enemies of productivity can definitely help. By knowing what they are, you are already one step ahead to getting more things done
1. Failing to plan
Planning your day takes only a few minutes, usually not more than ten. Additionally, writing a plan of the things you need to do will make sure that you won’t forget anything important. Having a visual overview of your daily, weekly and even monthly schedule will subconsciously trigger your mind to already prepare for the tasks ahead.
Instead of multitasking, you should do serial single-tasking. This means giving your full attention to starting and finishing one task after the other. You’ll accomplish more things this way than juggling several tasks at once.
3. Allowing interruptions
You’re concentrating on finishing that report when suddenly an officemate calls you to look at funny video on Facebook. Just politely decline and don’t break your momentum. When other people see that you’re actually working, then there will be no reason for them to take the snub negatively.
4. Procrastinating on important stuff
People tend to delay doing things that are difficult, boring or overwhelming, and unfortunately most of these are the important tasks that really needs to be done.
A very simple way to combat procrastination is to break down your tasks into smaller tasks, and then just start doing them and you will be done in no time.
5. Refusing to delegate
Your time is important and it should be spent on things that only you can do. Don’t be afraid to delegate or outsource tasks that can be done with simple instructions.
6. Giving in to distractions
You’re quietly working when suddenly, a friend sends a text message. You pick up your phone, send a reply and then before you know it, you’ve just wasted half an hour exchanging unimportant SMS and getting no work done. It will help to switch your phone to silent mode or disconnecting your computer from the internet, but you also need to exercise and build up that willpower against giving in to these distractions.
7. Ignoring the need to rest
For every 35 minutes of work, you should take a 5-minute break. Not only does this help you replenish your energy, but it also allows you to finally check that SMS, or look at that funny video that your officemate wants you to see. Just make sure to be strict with your time and go back to work once your break is done.
Be productive, instead of just busy. By being aware of these 7 enemies of productivity, you can become better at time management and realize that being busy is not as important as being productive.