There are only so many hours in a day and we all want to try and do as much as we can in them, especially when it comes to our work.
But if you’re finding that you’re not getting all the things in your day done that you set out for, then perhaps you’re guilty of one of these habits that are seriously dampening your productivity.
Time to quit that, cold turkey!
1. Making your to-do list too long
Be realistic with your to-do lists. Giving yourself too much to do and unachievable goals can de-motivate you when you can’t tick everything off at the end of the day. And the small jobs and tasks that you don’t think are important? Add responding to that email you’ve been putting off on your list. Not only will you finally get this little bits done, but it’ll motivate you to see a task ticked off.
2. Winging it
If your style to working is to go along with the flow, you might want to re-think your way of working and make yourself a plan. Setting yourself deadlines and planning out not only your day, but also your week. You’ll have a clear idea of what you’re working towards already at the start of the day, and because you’re not planning as you go, you’ll be saving time to go towards your work as well.
3. Saying yes
We’ve all been guilty of saying yes and taking on a task or two that we know we don’t really have time for. Doing favours for others is a good thing, but don’t let it get in the way of your own work. Don’t worry about seeming rude, they’ll most likely understand that you’ve got a lot of your own things to do, and remember that when you say yes to one thing, you automatically say no to something else so put your priorities first.
4. Having distractions
The main and most important reason you might not be as productive as you can be is because you’re not fully focused on the task at hand. Take any distractions away from you, whether that’s physically by putting your phone away, or virtually by blocking social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter on your computer while you work. That way you can put 100% of your focus on your work (and the more focused you are on it and get it finished, the sooner you can get back to double-tapping on Instagram).