Stop Killing Productivity By Dumping These 10 Bad Habits

Have you ever wondered why some of your co-workers breeze through their task itinerary during the workday while you struggle to complete yours? Maybe it’s because you’re guilty of committing one or more of the following 10 bad habits.

  • You constantly check your e-mails – most of us are guilty of doing this. You can overcome this by scheduling a set time each day to read and respond to your messages.
  • You don’t eat breakfast – a cup or two of coffee is no breakfast. You are just dehydrating yourself and increasing your appetite instead of getting fuelled up for the day.
  • You don’t take a break – take a break instead of slaving away all day. Your productivity is sure to increase.
  • You eat lunch in front of the computer – eating lunch while working at your desk causes you to make bad food choices. Plus, what if you spill your drink on your keyboard?
  • You ignore the 80/20 rule – 20% of your tasks are going to produce 80% of your results. So prioritize your daily agenda in order of importance.
  • You keep scheduling time-wasting meetings – you already suspect that excessive meetings hinder productivity levels. So why interrupt your workday with a status meeting when you could use an internal chat tool?
  • You multi-task too much – the bottom line is that you will achieve more by focusing on one task at a time.
  • You save the bigger tasks for last – you’ll be cranky, exhausted, and less productive when you knock out the easier tasks first. Save the easy tasks for last and invest your energy in completing the bigger ones.
  • You work too many hours – the quickest way to lower productivity levels is by working over 8 hours per day. Practice better time management and stay focused.
  • You’re not getting enough sleep – a lack of sufficient sleep makes you more prone to errors and mistakes. Get at least 7 to 8 hours every night.