We all have days where we don’t get a lot accomplished, but if that’s a chronic occurrence in your life, you may have your own work habits to blame.
Being productive depends a lot on three things: your work environment, your work ethic and your motivation.
If you feel like you have the motivation, the ethic and the work environment to knock everything off your to-do list, but it’s just not happening, check to see if one of these 3 sneaky productivity killers are to blame.
Drowning In Social Media
Okay, so this one isn’t all that sneaky. You might have started the day with the best intentions, but hopped on Facebook or Twitter and quickly got sidetracked with the latest debate or hot-button topic.
It happens to everyone, but if it is a regular thing in your life, you may have a social media addiction. Seriously, you can be addicted to social media. If you find yourself checking Facebook more than your email or leaving up a social media all day in the background, you have a problem.
Do yourself a favor and break the addiction. Suspend your account if you can or simply block the site on your computer and phone until the work day is over. There is light at the end of the tunnel though – experts say it only takes 30 days to form a new habit or to break a bad habit. So, within a month the social media monkey on your back will be gone and you’ll have your productivity back.
Not Making A Plan For Your Day
If you’re like most people, your day needs direction. Planners are extremely popular right now because they offer a quick and organized way to plan your day. Start out by looking at any meetings, appointments or other events scheduled for the day and go from there. You may need to schedule your day by the hour or can knock items off a simple to-do list. Find out what works for you and do it.
There’s a lot of chatter about which planner is the best or which method of day planning works the best. Most people agree that creating a top 3 can help you quickly identify your most important tasks. The top 3 should be 3 items that will make you feel like you’ve had a productive day if you get them done, even if nothing else on your list gets touched.
Trying To Do Too Much
You are not superman, so stop trying to save the world by over-scheduling yourself. If you take on too much at once, you simply won’t get anything done – at least not to your satisfaction.
When you have too much on your plate, things inevitably sneak through and get missed. You feel overwhelmed and even depressed.
Try to keep your to-do list at a reasonable length so you can cross everything off the list during the course of a normal day. The feeling of accomplishment and being able to reach a realistic goal will help propel you through your tasks.
We all have days where we don’t get a lot accomplished and that’s normal. If your bad days outnumber your good, it’s a sign that something has to change. Embrace the change and propel yourself into a new, more productive, stage of your life.