Learn how to identify common habits that make you extremely unproductive and eliminate them.
People who spend their time doing more profitable work make more money.
People who spend their time investing in others build better relationships.
People who spend their time creating a flexible career enjoy more freedom.
People who spend their time working on high-impact projects contribute more to society.”
However, regardless of how much thought you have put into goal setting, your typical daily routine is most likely keeping you from achieving those goals.
I’ve seen many entrepreneurs (myself included) fall into unproductive habits that become time-wasting traps.
That’s the reason why every entrepreneur needs to identify the habits that make them unproductive on a daily basis and eliminate them. In this article, we’ll look at 5 habits that contribute to low productivity.
- Frequently Checking Mails
This is likely one of the biggest habits entrepreneurs have that derail their productivity.
When you check your email too often, you’ll start to answer emails that aren’t important.
Make sure your email notifications are off during key productivity hours. Set aside a scheduled time to check emails.
2. Social Media Time
When it comes to social media, we’ve all been sucked into the pit of checking our favourite social media platforms way too often. When we start replying to comments and scrolling through our feeds we can easily let 30 minutes slip by and now we are behind schedule. Social media bad habits need to be broken if we want to achieve our goals.
Just like email, we need to turn off notifications and set aside time for social media to cut out wasted time. If you’re addicted to social media, I suggest that you set aside 15 minutes every 3 hours and use it as a reward system for work done.
3. Constant checking of phones
“A Gallup poll of 15,747 adult smartphone users found that half check their phone a few times an hour (41%) or every few minutes (11%). When they examined 18- to 29-year-old smartphone owners, those figures increased to 51% checking a few times an hour and 22% checking every few minutes.”
If your phone is near while you work there’s a huge temptation to pick it up and check it.
This can make you extremely unproductive as you mindlessly check your phone several times a day.
Simply put your phone in airplane mode and/or hide it in a drawer so it’s out of sight and out of mind.
4. Lack of Focus
A lack of focus is a common problem for many entrepreneurs. When you lack focus you will find that you are always busy but never productive.
Learn how to be mindful of the tasks in front of you. We have to be present so we can become more productive and do more in less time
5. Prioritizing the daily Task
Create a list of things that you want to achieve for that day. Try to put five things on your list and prioritize it. This will help you complete tasks that actually matter.
Your brain functions best at the start of your day. This is why it’s generally a good idea to focus on big important projects first.