Crucial Mistakes You’re Making That Sabotage Productivity 52

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“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

We all get 24 hours.

Some people complete their to-do list and have time to chill and have fun, others just do what’s urgent and necessary and then have time for themselves, many don’t get anything done because of procrastination and unproductive activities, but there are some people who achieve more in a day than others in a month.

They know how to make the best of these 24 hours, have systems they’ve tested that work best for them, and don’t have time for bad habits, doubts or tasks that don’t get them closer to their goals.

My point is that we can all be like them. We can all take the time that’s given to us and make good use of it.

And the results will be amazing. Not only will we be proud of what we’ve done in the end of the day and feel accomplished, but we’ll also become more successful, level up in life and new opportunities will open up to us.

But first, we need to stop doing the things that sabotage our productivity.

We do most of them daily and unconsciously, and even if we’re working hard and dedicating time and energy to some areas in our life we want to improve, we still don’t see progress.

Here’s why:

6 Things We Do That Sabotage Productivity

1. Thinking about all the things that need to get done today.

What’s the point?
You either do something now, or move onto the next.

Analyzing what’s left can only make things harder, as the big picture is often overwhelming.

Once you start working on them, though, things seem much more bearable and you finish a lot of your work fast.
But for that to happen you’ll have to let go of all the other tasks, and just focus on the one that’s next on the list.

2. Comparing ourselves to people that are more successful and productive.

Comparison is an enemy in this case. It can only make you feel bad about yourself, give up and not even try to finish your project.
Also, you have no idea how this person got where he is. He may have had a harder time achieving everything than you imagine.

Another thing to remember is that he has his own path to walk. And even if you want to live like him, your road is different.

But there’s hope, of course. You can be as successful and productive if you work hard and stay consistent.
Just don’t bring unnecessary worries and negative thoughts that will only slow your self-improvement process.

3. The ‘what if’ trap.

Do you often find yourself wondering what things would be like if you had done something differently, or what else you could be doing right now that could lead to more results?

If you do, then you’re sabotaging your productivity.

These ‘what ifs’ only make us live in fantasies, have regrets, change our opinion and feel bad about our current situation.

And they prevent us from doing the most important thing – the task in front of us.

So stop asking yourself how things could have been. Come back to the present moment and work on what you believe in. And actually get it done.

4. Thinking that being busy means being productive.

We think that having many things to do means working hard, when actually it’s just having days full of unproductive activities, doing things that someone else can do and often just being in a hurry for no reason.

But in the end of the day someone who’s done just a few tasks, has been working without telling anyone how things were going, and who’s not in a rush or looking tired or overwhelmed, has achieved much more than any average businessman you see on the streets that’s holding two phones and looks super busy.

So now that you can make a difference between these two, are you being truly productive?

5. Not reviewing your day in the evening.

That little habit works wonders if you do it regularly.

By simply taking 5 minutes in the end of the day to see what you’ve done, how you’ve performed, what’s completed and what is left for tomorrow, you’ll get a general idea of how productive you’re being and what changes you need to make.

6. Not prioritizing.

The harsh truth is that you’ll have to say ‘no’ to some of the things you’ve always been doing or enjoy, in order to focus on the ones you really want to achieve.

Prioritizing means defining what’s most important to you, what will give you results and take you further, and eliminating the rest.

Sacrifices need to be made. But it’s worth it.

So which of these mistakes are you making? And what else do we tend to do that sabotages our productivity?

See also:

We all get 24 hours.
How to Get a Month’s Worth of Work Done in One Week
How to live on 24 hours a day

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.