Toxic habits that are killing your productivity

Break these habits that are holding you down and preventing you from truly excelling. By Priya Prakasan

Productivity is synonymous with success, whether you’re aiming for business growth or personal progress. So it’s in your best interest to become more self-aware and spot the habits that are holding you back from accomplishing your goals. Here are some common culprits you should weed out of your life.

1. Need for validation
This is something we all struggle with in most aspects of our life. But regularly seeking endorsement of your actions from others can be a hindrance. It betrays a lack of self-confidence and the more you seek validation the worse it will get. Have faith in yourself, believe in your actions, and avoiding seeking approval unless absolutely necessary. Getting a second opinion is helpful in certain cases, but not all. Also, be sure you’re asking an opinion from someone who is qualified to do so on that subject. We suggest asking a mentor whom you trust.

2. Multitasking
It might seem like an efficient way of getting things done, but doing several things at once often leads to disastrous results. Instead of juggling with multiple tasks, focus on individual tasks, and move on the next only after the earlier one is completed. Doing multiple tasks translates into a distracted mind, which means you’ll take longer to finish. If you wish to get the work done without getting distracted, you can try the Pomodoro technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes and work uninterrupted. Follow it up with a five-minute break and continue with another 25 minutes of work. This is a great way to break work into productive slots and keep the momentum going.

3. Pursuing perfection
You will be surprised to know that your pursuit of perfection is killing your motivation. Though striving to be perfect isn’t a bad thing in itself. It’s how you perceive the situation that matters. You need to understand that the perfect scenario is an ideal one and not the real one. Yes, everything can be improved upon, but doesn’t mean you spend far too much time on a particular task/project/product than is necessary. Instead of being focused on perfection, work towards your desired outcome or goal. If you’ve met the goal, then your job is done. Perfection cripples productivity as you end up spending far too much energy and time on something that doesn’t warrant it. So be agile in your goal setting, realistic in your expectations, and streamline your work.

4. Setting unrealistic goals
This point is a slight extension of the previous one. A common mistake is to set unrealistic goals for others and yourself. As a leader it is crucial that you create specific, measurable, attainable and time-bound goals. When exploring possible goals aim at a final goal with measurable metric, or else you will be working endlessly with no end in sight.

5. Failing to prioritise
To get the most out of your day you need to take control of your schedule and organise your workload on the basis of priority. If you leave it all up in the air, or let other people’s demands, meetings, emails, etc derail you then you aren’t making the most efficient use of your time. Prioritising your work will do wonders when it comes to accomplishing your goals.

6. Overloading yourself with information
Information no longer has to be sought out; it’s constantly available at your fingertips and being sent to you via a variety of media. As leaders in the tech world, CIOs are often inundated with vast amounts of data daily. Overloading yourself with information can hamper your productivity levels. It is wise to use an all-inclusive project management tool to keep yourself on track. This will also help you with declutter your calendar, messaging system, emails, etc.

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