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7 Productivity Mistakes You Are Probably Making Every Day - Productivityist

Not Being Realistic

 There are limits to your personal productivity. You may have health issues. You have unique demands on your time. 

The best way to be productive is to work around these issues. Find out what works for you.

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7 Productivity Mistakes You Are Probably Making Every Day - Productivityist

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Avoiding Distracting Websites

There are many tools available that help you block out the rest of the internet while you work, but you can easily reach burnout by not taking breaks.

If you get mentally fatigued, try using the Pomodoro technique. Work for 25 minutes straight, then take a 5-minute break to do whatever you like, including checking out websites and social media. You’ll get a lot more done this way.

Reward Yourself

If you’re studying towards getting a scholarship, you may decide to reward yourself by stopping work for a day or so. This kind of reward can slow your progress and reduce your momentum. 

Instead, pick a reward that does not affect your work. For example, once you’ve reached your goal, have dinner at your favorite restaurant with a friend.   

Not Being Realistic

 There are limits to your personal productivity. You may have health issues. You have unique demands on your time. 

The best way to be productive is to work around these issues. Find out what works for you.

Thinking Multitasking Is Effective

When you’re tackling your to-do list, you’re probably trying to do more than one task at once. 

Recent research has shown how multitasking does not help you get more done. 

Delaying Harder Tasks

Doing the smaller tasks on your list first is often related to putting off the tasks you don’t want to do. 

Instead, tackle the hard task first. Get it done and out of the way. Then you’ll feel much more able to tackle the rest of your to-do list.

Not Knowing When You Are Most Productive

Everyone has a time of day when they’re most productive.

Find your most productive hours of the day, and make the most of them. Once you have, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Not Delegating Your Work

Being productive doesn’t mean that you need to get everything done yourself. 

Go through all of your daily tasks, and see what you can delegate to others. Maybe you need to hire a virtual assistant. 

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Not respecting your calendar

Treat the meeting with yourself as it was a meeting with a third party. It’s only you who can act on your most important tasks with priority.

Make sure that you set up boundaries for yourself and for other people. Remember to communicate with them clearly.

Such a boundary can be that you leave your office at a certain time each day because your family is your priority. It doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t work later in periods of high workload.

Multitasking

Ringing phones, text messages, reminders, pop-ups, social media, email.

There’re countless studies demonstrating that multitasking will hinder your work both in terms of quality and quantity. 

Resist the temptation to get in the loop and do one thing at a time.

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Not Getting Enough Rest

  • When we get tired, we make mistakes, which means more time and money must be put into correcting those mistakes. 
  • When we get tired, it takes us longer to do things, costing more time and money to do something that could get done in less time if we were fully awake. 

Doing Everything Yourself

Either one of two problems: you don’t like delegating tasks, or you’re having trouble prioritizing which tasks deserve your time. 

Figure out which tasks deserve your time the most (or those tasks that you do best), and outsource something that’s of low priority. 

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