8 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Sometimes, it can feel like you are working harder and harder, but getting less and less done. Sagging productivity could be due to some bad work habits. We all are guilty of picking up productivity killers, and over time these bad habits can get worse and metastasize. Fortunately, many of these bad habits are easy to break. You just need to recognize and address them.

Stop multitasking

You might feel like you are getting more done when you do three or four things at once, but more often than not, you are actually being less effective than if you had just taken care of each task sequentially.

Instead of multitasking, focus on completing a to-do list. These lists allow you to dedicate yourself to getting each item done quickly, effectively and – most importantly – correctly.

Avoid hesitation

When you are reluctant to take on a project because you are afraid of a bad result, your efficiency grinds to a halt. Rather than being too reluctant at your job, realize that screwing up isn’t the end of the world. If you do make a mistake, you can analyze what went wrong and modify your methods accordingly.

Stop marking emails as ‘Unread’

Many people see their inbox as an ad hoc to-do list, marking emails with thing they need to take care of that day as ‘Unread’. However, this can actually sap you productivity if you can’t remember which emails are a priority or why an email was marked as unread.

Stop confusing urgent with important

Helping other people and handling unexpected situations isn’t important work: It’s work that feels urgent, and taking care of it can therefore feel important. But it isn’t.

You should be spending the bulk of your time on accomplishing both your short-term and long-term goals: Get you daily duties and work on long-term project out of the way before you run around like a firefighter.

Stop complaining

Grumbling about you co-workers, the work conditions, you boss or any other thing that might annoying is a distraction and productivity killer. Get in the habit of not letting things get to you and focus you energy on developing solutions for reoccurring problems.

Keep meetings moving along

For some, meetings can be a chance to air grievances or get attention.  Don’t be that guy.

If you are in charge of conducting meetings, set an agenda before hand and stick to it. If you are simply attending a meeting, make sure your input move the conversation along and encourage others to do the same.

Don’t improvise

If you’ve been working at the same job for some time, you may have fallen into the habit of walking in, going into autopilot and taking care of things as they crop up. While this willy-nilly improvisational approach to work won’t sap your productivity every day, it does make you vulnerable to distractions.

Use a calendar, planner or to-do list and stick to it.

Don’t be a martyr

Many people think getting results and getting positive attention can be done by simply staying late each day and making a big show of it. While the theatrical aspect of that strategy may (or may not) work, studies have shown that productivity drop off sharply after about 50 hours of work in a week.

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