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Bad Habits to Break to be More Productive

Want to get more done in your day? Of course you do. To stay competitive in any industry, from digital marketing to software development, in many cases it comes down to one thing: productivity. The good news is that everyone can increase the amount of tasks they accomplish in a day. If you
consider your productivity an iterative process you work on bit by bit, you can slowly improve it.

With that in mind following are few tips I’ve found work exceptionally well that hopefully can help you too have a more productive day.

  • Impulsive web browsing : It’s easy to get sidetracked looking up the answers to random questions as you think of them. Instead, write down your questions and look them up when you’re not working.
  • Multitasking : Scientific research found that only 2% of the population is capable of effectively multitasking. The rest of us should focus on one task at a time.
  • Actively checking email : Each time you check email you lose upto 25 minutes of work time. Try restricting email checking to a few times a day.
  • Moral Licensing : Cheating as a reward for sticking with a new habit undermines a lot of people’s plans for self-improvement. Make your goal a part of your identity.
  • Putting off your most important work until later in the day : People have  limited amount of willpower, and it decreases throughout the day, so it’s best to get your hardest, most important tasks done at the beginning of the day.
  • Taking too many meetings : Nothing disrupts the flow of productivity like an unnecessary meeting. Don’t accept an invitation less there’s a clear agenda and time limit.
  • Sitting all Day : The longer we sit, the less alert we become. Try walking and talking 20 to 30 miles a wee to drive fresh thinking.
  • Hitting the snooze button : The battle with your alarm clock doesn’t give your body any extra restorative sleep, and it drains your finite supply of willpower that you need o get through the rest of the day.
  • Failing to prioritise : Having too many goals can be extremely unproductive. pick the things that are most important; ignore the rest.
  • Over-planning : Meticulously planning every hour of the day doesn’t allow for the unexpected to happen, which can throw a wrench into the entire day. Instead, plan for the hours of real work daily. 
  • Under-planning : It’s better to determine what you want your outcome to be and lay out a series of steps to get there, than to try to come up with your endgame midday through a project.
  • Using your phone in bed : Smartphone PED screens give off blue light, which can suppress production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep cycle and makes us happier.

What do you find are your best tips to increase productivity?

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  1. I am very distracted, when I am trying to get some writing done.

    And then I feel guilty even when two minutes have gone by because I said, “I’ll check my e-mail for only two minutes.”

    I tend to plan my time, schedule each minute of my writing time to get something done on alarms, and also… block every social media website, except for WordPress. Lol.

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    • I am glad you liked them. Specific goals force us to make a choice to pursue them—and, as a result, exclude anything that’s irrelevant. This increases our focus, as well as our sense of purpose in pursuing that goal.

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  2. Well said. Sometimes I try to do the Salami slice method. Break down huge seemingly impossible tasks into smaller doable ones. Improves work outcome. Set daily or weekly goals that will go into completion of a long term goal. Works !!

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    • I agree with you. Breaking tasks down helps us to see large tasks as more approachable and doable, and reduces our propensity to procrastinate or defer tasks, because we simply don’t know where to begin.

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    • Ah this is a wonderful tip. Some of us are morning people, some of us are night owls. But the modern business environment doesn’t always accomodate that. Maybe the office doesn’t open until 9, but your peak is at 5am to 7am. Personally, I find high energy levels when most people are winding down their day, around 4pm to 7pm and then after 8pm. Often, I’ll purposely take some of that time away or schedule more less-strategic tasks during hours when I’m not as enaged. It’s suggested that we should find at least 2 hours a day to dive into the harder strategic work, and leave the other hours for meetings or less urgent tasks.

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    • Thank you. I am glad you liked my post. Create a proactive dashboard. I stole this idea from Noah Kagan, the founder of AppSumo. Essentially, this is a measurable task list. If you’re noticing that a certain task is having a big effect on our business or is a necessary task that you need to keep doing, then list out the number of times that you need to do that task each week. The goal here is to record inputs, not just outcomes.

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    • Cheers to you too. I am glad you found this post helpful. Small adjustments can lead to more lasting changes, but those may take time and discipline. It looks really easy when you’re reading a productivity article like this to think it’s easy. But it’s not. I’m not writing this from an expert point of view, but from a fellow worker in the fight against distraction.

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    • Thank you. I am glad you liked my post. Being productive helps you evolve. Being productive teaches you to continuously push yourself. And the more productive you are, the easier it is to evolve into a better self. And because things in motion tend to stay in motion (thanks, Newton!), being productive can easily lead to creating better habits. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Garima, you sure have so much awesome helpful information for readers to absorb and improve their lives. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for helping people.

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  4. Garima, Thank you for sharing so much wonderful helpful information to help people live better lives. You have so much to offer others and I truly thank you. Your passion to help others is contagious.

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