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How your habits get in the way of your productivity

Always wondered why you sometimes do not feel as productive as you’d like to be? Why on some days you really feel that you are ticking off all those to-do’s on your list and that on other days the list just seems to be growing? And you know what, you’re probably your own worst enemy. It’s all about taking control of your own productivity.

Whether you want to admit it or not, the truth is that just about everything in life can be directed back to your habits. Here’s a full list of habits that are killing your own productivity, we will share the 6 habits that we feel are the biggest productivity killers. Go through the list and see if you can eliminate any of these things from your own daily routine.

1. Constantly Checking Your Phone

Distraction numero uno for the most of us. Whatever you check, whether it’s your email, the sports results or the amount of likes on your Instagram, it’s all an unnecessary distraction keeping you from the tasks at hand and the to-do’s on your list.

2. Not Really Listening

When you’re in a conversation, make sure that you are actually in the conversation. Listen, engage and respond. Don’t let your mind drift off, make use that keep your eyes on your conversation partner and your ears open to what is being said.

3. Multitasking

Stop trying to do many things at the same time. It will actually not result in the best quality of work. Try rather to cluster certain tasks. For example do all emails in an hour, then all phone calls in the next and write up that proposal in a different block.

4. Working in Unproductive Environments

Perhaps preaching to the choir but working in environments that are actually not the created as working environments, can also put a hold on your productivity. Even though that coffee place around the corner seems like a nice spot to get some work done, keep in mind that you’re surrounded by shoppers, strollers and social talkers.

5. Working With Unproductive People

If you know that you have a coworker who is easily distracted or is a distracting factor for you, try to avoid them when you want to get things done. Try not to engage in social chit-chat or limit your office banter somewhat on days that your productivity needs to be high.

6. Notifications…OFF!

Any further explanation necessary?

Turn. Off. Your. Notifications.

 

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