We here at The Methodology Blog are always investigating ways to increase productivity. Sometimes that means taking a good hard look at yourself and your bad habits.
We all have habits. It’s a part of human nature. But just because something is a habit doesn’t mean that it’s actually a good thing. Business Insider released a list of the 10 habits that are destroying your effectiveness. Check out their list below and our thoughts!
1. Impulsive web browsing:
The struggle is real when it comes to not clicking some funny videos of dogs playing the piano or checking how many likes your last Facebook post received. We’re constantly connected to the internet, which means any question that you might have can be answered in a moment flat. The recommendation is to jot things down that you want to look up later. It’s a great way to work around your inquisitiveness!
2. Moral licensing:
So you were super productive this morning and were able to knock things off your to-do list, which our consultants highly recommend having. You deserve a reward, right? You can totally take it easy for the rest of the day. Wrong! The tip is to make your goals part of your identity–you achieve these things because you’re that hard of a worker. This philosophy will keep you productive.
3. Putting off your most important work until later in the day:
We all know that procrastination is the enemy of productivity. Saving the big ticket items for the end of the day is the worst thing you could do. Our drive to complete tasks wanes as the day progresses. So that important project you’re waiting until the last minute to do will probably not get done on time (or not be done to your best ability.)
4. Taking many meetings:
Unnecessary meetings are the bane of a worker’s existence. Did we all really need to sit down for an hour to discuss the new file folders we’re using in the office? It’s okay to say no in these situations. Simply explain the situation to your manager. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, we’re pretty sure they’ll take your side.
No matter how much we want it to be true, we are not good multi-taskers. None of use are. We’re simply not wired to do a ton of things at once. In fact, only about 2% of the human race are effective multi-taskers. Handle one thing at a time!
6. Hitting the snooze button:
Getting that extra 10 minutes can feel glorious in the moment but you’re actually hurting your productivity for the day. Your body instantly releases hormones when you wake up to make you alert and get your wheels churning. Snoozing puts a cork in that process. Stay awake and make a plan for your day!
7. Failing to prioritize:
When you don’t prioritize it may feel like you’re just keeping your options open so you don’t close a door on the right opportunity, but you’re actually ruining your productivity. Warren Buffett recommends making a list of things you want to accomplish, then picking the most important ones and ignoring the rest. If you get a shot at those opportunities later, jump on them then!
The term “Murphy’s Law” exists for a reason. Anything that can go wrong, will. You won’t be able to plan for everything and trying to will drive you insane. The suggestion of planning for 5 hour increments in your work day is a good way to avoid over-planning!
The flip-side to over-planning is, of course, under-planning. Sit down and come up with a game plan. Figure out the ending you’re trying to reach before you’re in the middle of your task. Having to stop and figure out your next move is a good way to derail the productivity train.
10. Keeping your phone next to your bed:
We have already put our two cents in when it comes to using your smartphone at night. Not only will it distract you from some much needed sleep, the blue light beaming from the screen actually suppresses melatonin, which we all need in order to get some shut-eye.