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10 Things People Do Every Day Which Make Them Unproductive

10 Things People Do Every Day Which Make Them Unproductive

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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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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