5 Bad Habits That Are Hurting Your Productivity

Productivity is the quality of being productive or having the power to produce and create. When it comes to productivity your habits have a profound effect. More so, good habits like developing routines, schedules and staying organized are guaranteed way to get more out of each and every day.

If you truly you want to get more out of your workday you need to make an effort to kick the time-wasting habits.

Although, habits like multitasking are proven to be ineffective when trying to get more done.

Below are 5 bad habits that are hurting your productivity

1. Constantly browsing the web (internet)

Since the emergence of the internet, it has been the best (worst) thing for your productivity. Yes, the Internet makes the majority of your work done. However, it represents the biggest distractions you can have in the workplace. Probably you’re a Tweet addict or love reading about “How TOs” or watching video on YouTube, the distraction is everywhere.

Don’t let impulsive web browsing get the best of you. If you have things you want to research or simply want to browse, write your ideas down and look it up later.

2. Multitasking

Multitasking presents the misconception that you’re getting two things done at the same time. On a more serious note, you’re actually performing both tasks inefficiently. Our minds are not meant to multitask. So next time you’re eating while working, remember that you’re better off finishing your meal before getting back to work.

3. Checking email throughout the day

It’s estimated that every time you check your email you lose up to 25 minutes of precious work time. Checking emails is important, but if you’re doing it throughout the entire day you’ll end up wasting a bunch of time. The best approach is to schedule set times of the day that you dedicate to checking email.

Set aside 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes after lunch, and 20 minutes before you leave work for email. This way you ensure you’ll only spend an hour (or less) on emails a day. Sure there are emergency situations, but you never want to get in the habit of constantly checking your inbox every time you get an email.

4. Sitting at your desk all day

Many of us are used to the sedentary office lifestyle. Those who are a bit more “hip” decide to go with the standing desk option. While standing upright definitely helps, it still doesn’t have the same effect as getting up and moving around.

Instead of sitting (or standing) at your desk all day, try to move around every 30 to 45 minutes and move around. This will get your blood flowing and keep you alert and focused throughout the day.

Do you have a one-on-one meeting or conference call? Take the meeting for a walk outside to get some fresh air instead of using a conference room. Your body and mind will thank you.

5. Failing to prioritize your schedule

We all have goals and aspirations in life. In order to achieve those goals, we need to set milestones for ourselves. In order to hit those milestones, we need to prioritize our very busy schedules each and every day.

You have a million things to get done in a day. It’s up to you to decide which goals take priority and what are the milestones you need to reach to achieve them. Use your calendar to prioritize daily tasks. Every night look back on your previous day and organize the next one. Over time you’ll get a really good sense of what you can accomplish in a day, and how you can prioritize the tasks that are most important!

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