Life is instant, business is 100 mph, everything is at our fingertips. Yet, this is not necessarily a healthy or helpful way of going about our day.
The attached article delves into 13 'bad habits' which most of us are probably guilty of. There are ways of dealing with each, and probably four of the most unhelpful behaviours are :
Hitting the snooze button - do you really feel any different getting up 10 minutes later? Probably not, and if you need the sleep, then either go to bed earlier, or set the alarm for later (if you are not going to get up when it goes off anyway). As Dr James Rouse once said - by laying in bed 'snoozing' you are pickling your brain and your body.
Failing to prioritise - the great American speaker Larry Winget advocates, rather than working through a to do list, where you can cross a bunch of stuff off your list (in fact, some people write stuff on their to do list just so they can cross it off again - is there a smile of recognition out there I wonder) have a 'things which have got to be done today list' - when it is done, it is done. Taking that a stage further, as Terry Mullins from The Reluctant Salesman embraces by scheduling things to be done (that is allocating time for them, NOT deadlines), the brain lets go of the task, and instantly, freedom is created.
Perfectionism - the barrier to completion. Have you ever been in the situation where there is a job to do (telemarketing or making a number of sales calls for instance) and you feel compelled to have everything just right ... blue pen, black pen, cup of coffee, glass of water in case you cough, everything nicely laid out, all information to hand just in case you get asked something unusual? Then, after 30 minutes of pointless preparation, the 2 minute call goes well, or not, it doesn't matter, and you spend the next 30 minutes preparing again? Just start (relatively prepared) rather than being perfect.
Impulsive web browsing - something I guess nearly everyone is guilty of. We get side tracked, concentration drops, our flow stops, and the task just becomes out of hand and less productive. Even worse, is the compulsion to google every question which crops up in conversation. The likelihood is, that 5 minutes later, it was pointless in any case, so why bother? It also takes away from those humorous banter type conversations where someone just makes something up and hopes to wing it! I remember a discussion about why we eat turkey at Christmas. Rather confidently, I stated that it was due to the great goose famine of 1847 when there were too few geese to go around so people turned to turkey. We still talk about that today - had we actually found out the truth, I very much doubt that memory would be as strong.
In the article below, there are some great examples of unhelpful habits we have developed through modern society - not having enough geese for Christmas is however not one of them!
Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits. Following are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become more productive