The lists grow, the amount of tasks increases, it’s getting harder to keep up. You find yourself multitasking between tasks that have nothing to do with each other and hustling away on your free days. This can get rather stressful and frustrating, let alone overwhelming. Although being busy is considered normal these days, our level of productivity doesn’t necessarily stay the same. In fact, some of these habits make us kind of unproductive, or at least not as productive as we would like to be.
Always saying yes.
You give yourself too much work without even realising. You take on more responsibility than you can carry at the time, you try to prove something to yourself, you don’t want to say no, you think you’ll be able to handle it all. Fact is, you can’t.
Even if you could, the next burn-out might just be right around the corner. It’s okay not to do everything. It’s human not to be able to take on every task coming your way. There’s only so much you can add to that list of things to do, so check it before you agree to take on anything else.
Be realistic in what you can handle and turn tasks down without feeling guilty.
Not having a schedule.
Even though this depends on the type of person you are, I think it’s important to have at least a rough plan that you can stick to.
By setting up a schedule for yourself of what you will be working on, you’ll eventually be able to take control of your tasks more.
Define your priorities, sort the due dates and keep the schedule flexible and sensible to what you’re realistically able to finish in a day.
Attempt to stick to your plan as well as possible and reward yourself with something you like after your tasks are done.
Checking your phone.
Our best digital friend, our phone, helps us with a lot of things – but with that it also comes with the habit to constantly check it. Is it really an informal, helpful tool rather than a distraction?
Turn your phone off while doing your tasks, or turn off wifi and mobile data at least so important calls can still come through. Place your phone out of reach when it’s crucial for you to focus on a task, silence notifications and only use your phone during controlled breaks and put it away again when said break is over.
Resist. That. Urge. It’s eating away time that you could be spending being productive.
Being in an untidy environment.
Some people don’t mind this but I’m a strong believer of the saying that you can only be as productive as your work environment feels. Move clutter away and make space for new ideas and thoughts.
Take just five to ten minutes before beginning your work to tidy up your space to get started.
Eat during your breaks and put your stuff away when you’re done instead of keeping packages on your desk. Store the small stuff somewhere else.
Which habits make you unproductive?