6 Bad Habits That Steal Your Productivity 41

bad habits that steal your productivity

We do have bad habits, whether we admit it or not. And if we’re not satisfied with the progress we see in life, we aren’t good at time management and don’t get much done throughout the day, then they are more dangerous than we imagine. Because they not only steal, but kill our productivity.

There’s still hope, though. Let’s take back control of our time and habits today by eliminating the following behaviors:

1. Multitasking.

It’s the enemy of productivity. It has a negative effect on our performance, mood and life in general. We not only don’t get anything done, but are busy all the time thinking we’re doing something meaningful.

The solution is to single task. Do one thing at a time and do it consciously.

2. Browsing the Web.

Spending time on your computer – if it’s not for work – is usually dedicated to social media, watching videos with no value, clicking everything that grabs our attention or just browsing without thinking or learning anything.

But your online behavior affects your life. It’s an unproductive activity, in this case. And it doesn’t engage your brain in the right way.

So I suggest that you either minimize the time you surf the Internet, or start using it more wisely. Read interesting blogs, connect with like-minded people, check out news related to your field of interest, and so on.

3. Working on tasks that don’t need to be done.

Not everything on your to-do list is important. There are many items that can be completed by other people, or which won’t make a difference even if you never finish them.

Instead of spending your time this way, focus on the tasks that help you improve and bring you closer to your goals.

4. Not tracking what you do.

I’ve discussed the benefits of tracking time, habits and progress daily and how it has changed my life.

Without knowing what you’ve done during the day, you’ll never know how far you’ve got and what’s left to be done. Without calculating the time you spent doing each activity in the day, you won’t see that you could have been quicker. Or even that some things should be removed.

You can analyze your behavior and bad habits by documenting everything you do. Then you’ll make the necessary changes and finally start getting things done.

5. Not being present.

Unproductive people often go back to yesterday. They think about the things they did wrong. And wonder how they could have done them differently. But the only thing they win is regrets and disappointment. While at the same time life goes on.

Become mindful of everything you do, be right here right now. Focus on your current activity. It’s the only thing that matters. Going back to the past or living in the future can’t help you get things done in the present.

6. Perfectionism.

Your constant desire to do things perfectly leaves you with nothing but discontent and a lower opinion of yourself.

You feel like a failure most of the time and keep striving for perfection. When, in fact, fear of failure prevents you from achieving great results, your doubts and insecurities stop you from working smart and doing your best.

Let go of perfectionism. Just do what you know. You can’t fail if you prepare, start small and stay present.

Such are the habits of unproductive people. And that’s just a small part of the reasons why they never get anything done.

What can you do about it today so that you don’t become one of them? And what are the bad habits that steal your productivity?

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest
Directly into your inbox every Monday.
Previous ArticleNext Article

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 letsreachsuccess.com

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.