We’ve all experienced those days where it feels like nothing has been achieved and there is still a long ‘to do’ list hanging around that never seems to get completed.
While lack of sleep and poor energy may contribute to this hindered productivity, most of the time it comes down to simple things that steal away your focus and determination throughout the day without you even realising.
Below are five top things that can kill your productivity and how to overcome them:
Setting unrealistic goals and long tasks
Writing a long list of things to get done is never going to motivate you. In fact it will probably make your mind feel more jumbled and less enthusiastic. Set yourself a simple task list every day that can be easily achieved and you will feel much more positive as each one gets ticked off.
Skipping meals to focus on other things
Never assume there isn’t enough time to eat. Missing meals to work will see your energy levels plummet, resulting in slower progress and an easily distracted mind. Keep some healthy snacks to hand throughout the day and make sure you break for lunch.
Letting negative feedback get to you
There’s always the possibility that if something doesn’t work out, you can feel completely at loss and tempted to give up on everything else. Negative feedback and failure is key for progression, so take everything on board with a positive outlook and use it to make a difference.
Not being able to say ‘no’
If you should be doing something more important, you need to learn to say ‘no’ – whether it’s to friends, family or work colleagues. Setting boundaries will help you to be more productive and will give you some space. Saying ‘no’ occasionally is perfectly OK.
Not allowing yourself to have fun and free time
Extensive research shows a strong link between productivity and giving yourself time off. Striking a balance between work and play will enable you to focus more in the workplace as you know your responsibilities will not extend to outside hours. It will also help you to relax more when you are not at work.
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