Why We Don’t Get Things Done

why we don't get things done

That’s a guest post I wrote for Time Management Ninja.com. You can find the whole article here.

Being (or not being) productive is one of the many things we stress over. Often at the end of the day we feel exhausted, and unsatisfied with our performance and results, even though we’ve completed many things.

Instead of simplifying our daily routine by doing our tasks and getting done what needs to be done, we prefer to worry about it, to fear the possibility of failing, to anguish over where to start, over-think the process and so on.

You know all the things you should be doing.  But do you know why you aren’t doing them?

Here are 10 reasons why, despite your efforts, you still don’t get things done:

  1. You Don’t Trust Yourself.
    You’ve failed to change your habits many times, and now even you yourself don’t believe that your next attempt is going to be different. It’s time to really do it this time.
  2. You Have Too Many Distractions
    A lot of things prevent you from focusing on your activities and goals. Stuff like browsing the Internet, too much information, people entering the room, problems, worries, plans, and notifications on the phone. The only solution is to eliminate them.
  3. You Have No Purpose
    We can’t really achieve anything if we don’t consider it important. We need to have goals to keep us motivated. It will also give us drive, a reason to keep going and not give up in hard moments. We’ll have a vision of what we want and will know that the only way to get it is to take small steps each day.
  4. You Over Think It
    It’s ridiculous how much time we waste thinking about what needs to be done, rather than actually working on it. It’s time to let go of what didn’t work out in the past or what might go wrong in the future and focus on the present moment – it’s just you and the task.
  5. You Focus on Non-Essential Tasks
    Most of the things we have on our to-do lists are not important. Nothing will actually happen if you don’t complete them. So eliminate them and focus on the essential. After all, only 20% of the things you do give you 80% of your results. That’s the key to productivity.
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