Distractions are part of life. They are in every area of your life, every single day. They are found at home, at the workplace, and even in the last place, you look. Moreover, they are silently killing your productivity.
But, what are they? Once you find out what kills your productivity, it becomes easier to conquer them.
Social media has advantages and disadvantages. It keeps loved ones connected with each other. It entertains people. it helps propel careers and businesses towards success.
However, too much social media affects productivity.
Instead of getting enough hours of sleep for the next day’s work, you go through your friends’ posts. Instead of exercising today, because you said you would, you are scrolling through photos. Instead of catching up on a deadline, you are catching up with a long-lost friend who followed your account a few minutes ago.
Social media keeps you so engaged that you barely feel how much time has passed. Before you know it, tasks have piled up, deadlines are due, and you are cranky from lack of sleep.
To fix this, track how much time you spend on social media in a day. Awareness helps you spot problems and create solutions. From there, you can start cutting down on social media time to focus on what is more important.
Clutter, Clutter, Clutter
Researchers have proven that clutter affects our overall well-being. Wherever there is clutter, there is stress. Unfortunately, it is found in our homes, as well as our workspaces.
For instance, a cluttered home can keep you from being fully productive. Clutter stimulates the senses constantly, which drains you mentally and emotionally. Before you can even start your day, the clutter is already getting you worked up.
As a solution, you must figure out what clutter means to you. Recognize your standard of it, and then make your surroundings match your standards. This will boost productivity immensely.
Failing to Set Goals
Your goals are your compass in life. They give you a sense of direction. They remind you of your destination.
Most people choose not to set goals. They think it creates stress. They would rather go with the flow and see where life takes them. This may sound like a stress-free life, but it is actually counterproductive.
By failing to set goals, you are also failing to work towards your higher purpose. Instead of living, you are simply surviving.
To avoid this, plan out your future. You can start by asking yourself what you want in life. Then, give yourself a deadline for each goal. Your productivity will begin to increase as you work your way towards your goals.
Long To-Do Lists
Productivity is often associated with having a long to-do list. People believe it is the quantity of work done. They get a sense of fulfillment for every task done.
However, having too much on your plate may not be the best idea. You will end up rushing, which affects the quality of your work. You will add unnecessary stress, which can hinder you from finishing tasks.
Avoid this silent killer by being realistic and learning to say no. Skip a night out with friends if you have an early meeting the next day. Feel free to decline a project, if you already have enough to deal with.
At the end of the day, you can only do so much.
Not Setting Deadlines
People underestimate the power of deadlines. Often, we think that the type of task determines how much time it takes to do it. According to Parkinsons’ Law, however, the determiner is actually the deadline we set. As mentioned, “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”
When you do not set deadlines, you will end up overspending your time on tasks. If a task is doable within a day, yet you set to finish it in 3 days, then it will take you 3 days. If a task can be accomplished in 30 minutes, and you set two hours for it, that is 1 and a half hours of time wasted.
Even worse, you might end up with a pile of unfinished tasks. Failing to set a deadline creates the illusion that a task is neither important nor urgent.
To fix this silent killer, set deadlines on a daily basis. The pressure to accomplish tasks becomes heightened. This urges you to finish more within the given time frame.
Meetings are a great way to create plans and solve issues. It helps find common ground among different thoughts and opinions. However, it can be counterproductive when held too long.
For example, companies often extend meetings. They think that the longer it is, the more they can get out of it. They forget that people have a limited attention span.
Their employees may be physically present in a meeting, but their minds are already flying elsewhere. Companies also spend a good chunk of their funds on meetings. Not only is this a waste of time, but it is also costly.
To make meetings more productive, they must be planned carefully with strict time limits. Participants should also be informed about the agenda and their assignments beforehand. This will avoid unnecessary extensions.
Do you often find yourself stuck? As if there is an invisible barrier between you and your tasks?
You are trying to get through, but it seems impossible.
You have business ventures lined up that never materialized. You have a write-up that is taking you forever to submit. You have great ideas, and they still remain as ideas today.
You may be overthinking, and it is keeping you from being productive. Not only does it affect your tasks, but it also affects your overall well-being.
To address this, you have to catch yourself in moments where you are overthinking. Acknowledge it, and then snap out of it by redirecting your attention.
It will take a lot of practice, but it is definitely worth every inch of effort.
There are more productivity killers out there prowling about. Educate yourself and find out which applies to you. This will help you mitigate them or get rid of them completely for a more productive life.