7 Habits That Might Be Pummeling Your Productivity

If you feel like you’re not getting anything done these days, take a look at this list. You might find out why — and a way to fix it.

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Checking your phone

You knew this would be the first one, didn’t you? I think we all did because we’re all guilty of this one. The phone pings, bings, dings, chirps, or squeals and our hand instinctively reaches out for it. Sometimes it doesn’t even make a sound, we just think we hear it or feel a vibration and we go for it. Any time we’re bored, lonely, or just don’t want to do what we’re doing, we reach for it.

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No set schedule

A nice benefit of working for yourself is you can set your own schedule. The drawback to that is all too often, that looks like no schedule at all. We schedule meetings, maybe toss a few deadlines on the calendar to make sure we don’t miss them, but we have no real schedule to get us working on that project instead of watching that House rerun or waiting for the morning news to come back and tell us what innocent thing in our kitchen is about to kill us.

Living or working in clutter

Piles of paper, stacks of mail, books for research, coffee cups that need to go to the kitchen… there are lots of things that we intend to put in their rightful place and then forget about. They build up and become part of the landscape of our living or working space. While we might not notice them anymore and have gotten good at working around them, they still inhibit our ability to work productively. The clutter still distracts us.

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Taking on too much work

Whether it’s running your own business and taking on too many projects, or taking on too much volunteer work at your kid’s school, or trying to do too much at home without help, taking on more than you can handle is a great way to destroy your productivity. With too much to do, you have no idea where to start.

What you eat and drink

Pay attention to the next few meals you eat and how you feel after you eat them. Do the same for your drinks. A juicy burger or a couple slices of pizza may sound delicious, but after you eat them, you probably feel a bit sluggish, like you’re ready for a nap. Your brain may not be as clear.

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Comparing yourself to others

This nasty habit is one that pervades every part of our lives. It makes us hate our bodies, our intelligence, our skills, our work, and more. When it comes to getting things done, the comparison trap is an insanely effective way of shutting down productivity. We compare, find ourselves lacking, decide there’s no point in even trying because we’ll never compete with the person or people we’ve compared ourselves too, and give up.

Too many naps that are too long

As I’m writing this article, I’m recovering from illness. I’ve had some sleepless or nearly sleepless nights that have left me napping pretty frequently during the day. But this is temporary. By tomorrow or the next day, I’ll have gotten a good night’s sleep again and be back on track. Many of us, though, especially if we work from home, take too many naps — and they’re way too long.

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