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12 Habits Of Highly Ineffective People

12 Habits Of Highly Ineffective People

Highly ineffective people develop some pretty bad habits. When they engage in these bad habits, it sets their life up for failure.

1. Not Taking Responsibilities Seriously

Ineffective people don’t take life’s responsibilities seriously.They’re likely to show up late for work or not show up at all for a meeting with friends. They may cancel at the last minute or frequently forget about appointments.

2. Overanalyzing Everything

Ineffective people spend too much time thinking and not enough time doing. They think about the same things over and over again. They may re-play past events in their mind or may worry about what others think of them. Instead of taking time to plan, prepare, and set themselves up for success, ineffective people spend time thinking too much.

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3.  Not Prioritizing What to Do First

Ineffective people don’t properly prioritize their to-do lists. They may focus on things that don’t need to be done for weeks or allow small tasks to take up the majority of their time. As a result, they may not get the important things done on time.

4. Looking for the Bad News

Ineffective people look for the downside in everything. They overlook the positive things that happen and instead, only notice the negative. They dwell on all the things that have gone wrong and often magnify their problems.

5. Refusing to Accept Advice

Ineffective people refuse to accept sound advice from loving and caring friends and family. They also refuse advice from professionals and experts. They often think that what works for others won’t work for them because their situation is so much different.

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6. Wasting Time Unknowingly

Ineffective people often have no idea where their time goes. They often waste a lot of time looking for misplaced objects, starting and stopping projects, or engaging in useless activities. Ineffective people are more likely to watch endless hours of TV, sleep longer hours, and get less accomplished.

7. Not Setting Goals

Ineffective people often lack direction in life. They don’t establish goals and often say they aren’t sure what they want. Instead of trying to develop a plan for what they could do next, they often just stop doing anything. As a result, they remain stagnant and don’t achieve success with their relationships, career, or finances.

8. Lacking Basic Organization

Ineffective people often spend a lot of time looking for misplaced objects because they lack basic organizational skills. Their paperwork is often a mess, and they usually suffer consequences, such as late paid bills. They may waste a lot of time hunting for online passwords and may waste money buying things they already own but can’t find.

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9. Expecting the Worst

They always expect the worst to happen. They often imagine disastrous results. Often, their pessimistic outlook can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

10. Giving Up When the Going Gets Rough

Ineffective people often give up easily when things get tough. They take the approach of saying, “See, I told you that wouldn’t work,” when something goes wrong. Instead of problem-solving strategies to overcome obstacles, they often view barriers as impossible hurdles to overcome.

11. Expecting Others to Help Them

Ineffective people don’t tend to ask for help appropriately. They do, however, expect that others should just drop everything they’re doing and help them at all costs. They may become angry when a friend refuses to miss work to help them move or may become angry when a sibling won’t loan them money again.

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12. Doing Everything at the Last Minute

Ineffective people area always a day late and a dollar short. They’re often scrambling to pay bills at the last and are running out the door at the last second to get somewhere. As a result of their last minute approach, they may become overwhelmed by small every day stressors, such as heavy traffic.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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