As much as you are doing your best, there are times that you may still find yourself not reaching the goals you aimed for. Even if you did achieve some of them, they might not be within your timeframe or up to the quality you expected.
You know you can do more or better, but it seems something is causing you to either stop or start again, reducing and affecting your productivity. What could be the reason?
Here are specific actions to avoid so that you can reach and even exceed your productivity goals.
You Put Things Off
Delaying action has a huge impact on your productivity. There are times that you want to accomplish something, yet you avoid tackling it, even when you know that putting it off will likely have repercussions.
One reason is you are immediately overwhelmed by the legwork it requires. You are not yet in the frame of mind to start because of the amount of research and work it entails.
If you keep putting things off, at some point, you will run out of time. Sometimes you can get away with it for a while, but sooner or later it will bite you. Almost always, not doing things when you have the time can have more expensive consequences than executing the task promptly.
You Linger in the Past
Dwelling on your failures is only helpful if you will look at previous mistakes to avoid repeating them. It also makes you humble and not be over-confident if you are prone to it. However, lingering too long and often cripples you. It also gives you room for fear to creep in thinking that the past may happen again. So review your actions, but don’t wallow in regret.
You Doubt Yourself
Responsibilities assigned to you, especially by somebody who knows you, are usually doable no matter how daunting you think they are. Stop doubting yourself and believe that you are capable of achievement. Take encouragement from your past victories, as small as they might be. Getting started is always the hardest part of any project.
You Don’t Have a List of Things to Do
Having a to-do list is more than just a list of tasks you need to fulfill; it is a roadmap to reaching your target. Your task list breaks a project down into doable chunks. It is where you plan how you will use your time and energy, and it guides you in the steps you need to take. It helps you schedule your tasks based on your priorities and not according to your feelings, or who raises their voice the loudest.
From your record, you can prepare the resources you will need and predict the incremental steps required to execute the major undertaking. A list makes you prudent as it highlights possible constraints and allows you to solve possible pitfalls before they arrive. Your list also keeps you from missing the important tasks that, at the time, you thought you would never forget.
One of the best parts of having a list is the satisfaction you feel whenever you tick each of those completed jobs, knowing that each check brings you closer to completing your goals.
You Are Distracted and Unfocused
Distractions come in many forms and at any time. The most important thing it takes away is your focus. Even a supposedly “helpful” thing can be the object of distraction, such as the undisciplined use of your mobile phone.
With so many fascinating ideas and interesting news to look into, mindless browsing can become habitual. As much as we want to avoid them, they can easily occur as a result of poor planning. Set yourself limits to when, how long, and who you will allow yourself to be distracted by.
When you put together those precious minutes, you will be surprised at how much time has been wasted. They lead to delay eventually and break down your momentum, leaving you with little or no time to do the things that matter most.
You Are Multitasking
As much as you would like to produce the most work in the shortest time, multitasking is rarely effective. Listening to your online seminar while counting your inventory sounds like you produced a lot.
However, doing so means you did not see all the subject’s slides and could not take note of the important ideas you heard. You have done two jobs, but not efficiently or effectively. Do one job at a time and do it well.
You Are Not Delegating Where You Can
Realize that you can only do a certain amount of work in a given time. If you think that you will not be able to fulfill your tasks at a specified time, ask for a helping hand or delegate.
Be sure that the person you delegate it to is capable, and your objective is clear to them. You must also follow up on their progress and train them if needed. The key here is to duplicate yourself to attain more.
Your Thriftiness Is Inappropriate
Your grandmother called it “penny-wise and pound foolish.” Some tasks can be done faster and more efficiently with the aid of tools, more specifically with technology. So don’t be too thrifty if doing so will impact your ability to get things done. Buy that application or upgrade your computer if needed. Properly evaluated, the purchase is not an expense but an investment that you profit from.
You Do Not Give Adequate Care to Your Health
Remember that it is your body that will produce the expected results. Your body and your mind must be in good condition to perform needed tasks. Return to basics and choose nutritious food, stretch your muscles, and get enough sleep to maintain your good health. The last thing you want is succumbing to illness or feeling too lethargic to manage the endeavors you need to start.
You may find yourself succumbing to these habits from time to time. However, as you minimize and try to avoid them, you will see a surge in your productivity and even find extra time to achieve more of what you want.