Productivity hacks: 6 bad habits you should stop to be more productive

productivity hacksWe all pro­cras­ti­nate. Today dis­trac­tions are every­where. From social media to YouTube there are so many things com­pet­ing for our atten­tion. If we don’t focus and let these time vam­pires sap away our time we would nev­er get any­thing done. This is why I have list­ed down below six pro­duc­tiv­i­ty hacks you can use today to be more pro­duc­tive. Let’s kick procrastination’s ass. Here we go.

Multitasking

Doing two or more things at once might sound great but unless your a freak of nature,  your brain can­not focus on more than one task at a time. For exam­ple your brain becomes less effi­cient if you try to type and edit at the same time (I’m so guilty of this). You would be more effi­cient if you type first and edit lat­er.

accord­ing to the prose.com typ­ing is a right brain func­tion. While edit­ing is a left brain func­tion. The right side of our brain is more imag­i­na­tive. the left side is more log­i­cal.

Your brain process­es infor­ma­tion in a sequen­tial man­ner. This makes it hard­er to do many tasks at once. It is not like the com­put­er which is able to process many dif­fer­ent tasks at once. If only we had com­put­er  brains huh?

Stop­ping mul­ti-task­ing is one of the best pro­duc­tiv­i­ty hacks you can use to fight pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Surfing the internet aimlessly

Every­one today seems to be addict­ed to their phone. We spend hours every­day surf­ing the inter­net for no appar­ent rea­son. We watch fun­ny cat videos. This aim­less surf­ing burns time like noth­ing else.

Time quick­ly flies when you’re surf­ing the net. Some­times I think I am addict­ed to surf­ing. If you want to be more pro­duc­tive you have to give up this habit. Is destruc­tive to say the least. It is iron­ic that the inter­net is a great tool. You can use it for doing research, for watch­ing infor­ma­tive videos and to learn new things but it is also a big time-waster. It is so easy to pro­cras­ti­nate online because there are so many dis­trac­tions. I often find myself wast­ing time on Face­book aim­less videos on YouTube offer no real val­ue and are just brain can­dy.

 

Responding to emails as they come

It is so easy to waste time check­ing emails. If you have a desk job easy it is to get swamped by loads of emails. If you find your­self respond­ing easy emails imme­di­ate­ly you could  end up wast­ing the entire day. You need to focus on one task at a time.

In the book how to stop wor­ry­ing and start liv­ing dale Carnegie states that we can only do one thing at a time. Stop check­ing emails first thing in the morn­ing.

Accord­ing to Bren­don Bur­chard your inbox is an orga­niz­ing sys­tem for oth­er people’s agen­das

Smart­phone addic­tion and using your phone while work­ing is a per­fect recipe for time-wast­ing. There are so many dis­trac­tions so many apps a mil­lion ways to lose focus.

When you’re work­ing focus on work. You can also use  pro­duc­tiv­i­ty apps to shut off social media feeds and oth­er dis­tract­ing apps. We only get one hun­dred and 68 hours in a week. Spend­ing 6 hours a day on your phone equals more than 40 hours a week. We sleep for an aver­age of 490hours a week. This means that about half of our time spent not doing work.

 

Hitting the snooze button

 

Does this ring any bells? You Set an alarm and when it rings hit the snooze but­ton. We tend to hit that but­ton in the morn­ing when we have to go to work but we also do it when we have an impor­tant dead­line to meet.

This lev­el of pro­cras­ti­na­tion can quick­ly turn into a bad habit. If you’re con­stant­ly hit­ting snooze but­tons you will nev­er be seri­ous about your dead­lines. You will always say; “there is always tomor­row” and you will nev­er accom­plish any of your goals. Stop putting off tasks. Get to work today and stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing. The time you waste today you will regret in the future.

 

Being reactive

 

Being reac­tive is like run­ning around like a head­less chick­en when some­thing unex­pect­ed comes up. Plan ahead. Antho­ny Rob­bins states that “antic­i­pa­tion is the ulti­mate advan­tage in life”. I believe this is true. Think of plan­ning ahead like see­ing into the future. What would you do if you could see into your future and avoid all the bad things that would hap­pen to you? being proac­tive allows you to be pre­pared for any changes that could hap­pen through­out your day.

Being Proac­tive also allows you to take advan­tage of oppor­tu­ni­ties. Plan out your day and don’t just drift along. Set aside time for dif­fer­ent tasks. Here is a good tip that I learned; write down the 6 things you have to do by the end of the day. Focus on just those six, avoid dis­trac­tions as much as pos­si­ble and see how much you can get done.

 

long meetings

 

man, there is noth­ing that burns your time like those big meet­ings. Some­times these meet­ings can last up to three hours. This is a cause for con­cern when all you may be doing is sit­ting around and giv­ing updates.

If you can’t avoid meet­ings, try to make them go as fast as pos­si­ble. Get to the main points. Have all the impor­tant infor­ma­tion ready to share so you can move on. there is no need for any­one to be sit­ting around like they are shar­ing their life sto­ry.

Anoth­er great pro­duc­tiv­i­ty tip is to struc­ture your meet­ings. Orga­nize meet­ings to achieve a goal and insist that every­one focus­es on this goal. Many times meet­ings drag on an on sim­ply because some­one start­ed on a tan­gent and some­one else picked it up. Focus on get­ting use­ful infor­ma­tion and avoid any unre­lat­ed talk.
There you go 6 pro­duc­tiv­i­ty hacks that will improve your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty in 2017. Remem­ber there are only so many hours in the day and we can’t make more time. Our best bet is to opti­mize the time we already have to ensure we get as much done as pos­si­ble. If you like this post share it. Com­ment and sub­scribe to my list for more great posts. Until next time catch you lat­er. Peace.

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