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10 Things People Do Every Day Which Make Them Unproductive

10 Things People Do Every Day Which Make Them Unproductive
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Everyone wants to get more done! Trying to aim for the stars could mean that you start paying attention to needless distractions that may just be entirely consuming your time. Instead of devoting attention to some of these things, why don’t you get them out of the way and focus on getting more results.

1. Procrastinating

Procrastination is a thief of time. Putting things off until later can hinder your productivity. Get your tasks done immediately, as soon as you can! If you have free time try taking on the tasks you have delayed for later.

2. Staying glued to social media

We all like social media. We all want to be connected with friends and be a part of the gossip. Yet this becomes an addiction for many. Perhaps you are unaware of it, but this could hinder your productivity. Stay away from those tempting gadgets and focus on getting your job done.

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3. Not eating right

Eating right goes a long way to making you stay active and healthy. Many are not conscious of their diet and sometimes even skip meals. Doing this can cause mental and physical fatigue. Try eating right, make your mornings consist of diet related to carbon, fibre and protein rather than fatty foods that will quickly be broken down by the body and lead to exhaustion.

4. Not planning your day

Planning is very helpful to your daily success. How productive you can be depends on how much you have structured your day. By doing this you understand what is important and what should be prioritized. Not juggling up too many activities and trying to accomplish so many activities all at once can make things go frenetic and frustrating. Plan your day right and increase your productivity.

5. Multitasking

People feel they can do so many things at once. They feel by taking on so many tasks they can be more effective and achieve more, but studies show otherwise. Multitasking is a productivity killer as it affects our ability to learn and could be brain damaging.

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6. Not taking a needed rest

Rest is very essential daily. Working so hard and being busy is not the same as productivity. To become more productive, you have to offer your body the rest it deserves. The human mind was designed to recharge and take breaks. So adjust your schedule to taking a break and finding the time to rest.

7. Trying to be perfect

We all cannot be perfect. You can be excellent at work but shooting for perfection would only hinder productivity. Try to aim for what you can reach and attain rather than those things that may appear unreachable. Being a unicorn can become a dreadful pursuit.

8. Not taking care of your health

Taking care of your health is pivotal to your success as ambition can be useless without a sound health. Make sure you are mentally, physically and emotionally stable. Treat your health properly. Take breaks, exercise regularly and eat right.

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9. Not accepting responsibility

Accept responsibilities for everything that is before you. Don’t shy away from what you are meant to do or start delegating or assigning others to help you complete your tasks. By accepting responsibility you trigger a feeling of accomplishment. This incites happiness and stirs you to get more work done.

10. Not setting goals

Goals are important to success. By setting goals you can measure and track your progress. Setting goals has a way of steering you to finish a project or task when it has to be finished. The human mind loves deadlines and setting goals will signal your subconscious to taking action on your desires.

Take charge of your life and be in control and do not leave anything to chance. Although you may have built habits or unknowingly done these things every day, try to channel your energy into becoming more productive now.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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