Are you always behind schedule on everything?
Do you also “accidentally” spend an hour on social media and get no work done?
Are you feeling sad because you are not where you want to be in life?
We’ve all been there. The stress and work pressure can get to the best of us. You have your dream job, earn a handsome amount, and still feel demotivated.
Bad habits are stealthy, sneaking into your daily routine when you least expect it. They hog on your time, affect your creativity, and can even lead to burnout.
Don’t let procrastination become a personality trait. Break these eight bad habits to boost your productivity.
Worry your mind will only leave you more provoked and messed up. Instead, read alone and follow every one of these 8 facts and your life will change drastically even beyond the way you pray so hard for
1. Not Being Tech-Savvy
Technology these days is a very dynamic space that is constantly being upgraded and improved. You must be informed about these changes.
Being updated with the latest tools and apps used in your industry makes you more marketable. Most people can get rigid in their ways though.
At this age and time, no one can afford to be technically uneducated. Almost every sector in life needs the Internet to excel.
Even Tailors and Welders knows the power of the Internet as they can look up for designs that can set them apart from their competitors. Not to talk of Carpenters and Painters.
The internet is for everyone, so embrace it and use it wisely and you will grow and continue to excel in your life of work.
2. Social Media Addiction
The internet has become an indispensable part of our life. Our days begin with scrolling through the Twitter feed and ends with sharing Instagram stories.
Being active on social media is not necessarily a bad habit, provided you know your limits. Don’t lose your grip on reality. Life doesn’t have rose tint filters. You need to get back to reality and take on your responsibilities.
Stop checking your phone every minute when you are working. Some apps allow you to lock your social media accounts for a while when you are working on an important task.
Lastly, a lot of talented young Nigerians are frustrated with their work because they feel they earn less or not doing well in life judging by what they see on Social media thinking their peers are way ahead of them in Life (which is not mostly through).
Well, Social media has been a blessing and a curse at the same time. Use it wisely!
3. Late To Bed, Late To Rising
Staying up late and waking up, tired-eyed has become a common trait among professionals these days.
When was the last time you had a solid 8-hour shut-eye? Not getting enough sleep leads to daytime fatigue, irritation, and loss of focus.
Make it a point to get in bed by midnight. Soak up the early hours of the night, that is when you get the best sleep. I’m guilty of this too but that does not mean I shouldn’t tell you all the truth.
Avoid taking your work home. Your bedroom should be a peaceful and stress-free space. Also, the glare of the television or phone damages your eyesight.
Negative thoughts, anxiety, and depression are some other reasons that can hog in your sleep time and will affect your time generally.
4. The Struggle For Perfection
This life no balance at all…..
Those in the technical line of work get away with this as they don’t care about perfection unlike us in the Creative space.
People from the creative area might also have the urge to do and redo a job until it is perfect. And while this may seem like a great approach initially, the strive for perfection is a time-taking process.
Learn when to let things go. You cannot control every aspect of the project and tweak it the way you want – NEVER!!
With experience, you will learn the value of teamwork, cooperation, workplace harmony, and other lessons.
5. Lack Of Physical Activity
9-5 jobs are mentally tasking because they mostly do not involve any physical activities.
Staying hunched up in front of the computer is not the most interesting of work environments. Also, it can take quite a toll on your psychological and physical well-being.
The added problem of obesity, bad eyesight, and increased blood pressure and cholesterol make matters worse.
A few simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in improving your overall productivity. Wake up early, spend an hour meditating, go out for a morning jog. It would keep you energized for the day and also help you shed those kilos.
You can even sign up for a gym membership, take swimming lessons or other activities. A fit body is one of the first steps towards a healthy mind.
6. Skipping Breakfast
In the morning rush, we often forget one of the most important meals of the day.
Having a hearty breakfast keeps your body rejuvenated and alert for the day. It also reduces the risk of gastric issues, ulcers, and digestive problems.
Make it a point to have a nutritious breakfast before going to work. Even a glass of skimmed milk and some toast would do. Carry some snacks with you in case you get hungry.
It is better to eat a bite every two hours than consuming large portions at once. A full stomach would make you super sleepy and lethargic.
7. Ineffective Time Management
Time management is one of the first things that you should learn as a professional.
Time is a limited resource; everyone gets only 24 hours’ day. It is how we utilize the time that makes all the difference. Some platforms help you manage your daily tasks, set reminders, update your schedule, and keep you prepared for the day.
Thanks to technology, you have the tools to help you boost your productivity and meet those deadlines.
8. Trying to Multitask
People usually see multitasking as a process that saves time and makes you more productive. In reality, the more tasks you manage to juggle, the more than chances that you’ll mess it up.
Focusing on one task at a time is a smarter alternative any day. Don’t try to take up a lot of projects at once. Concentrate on one task and channelize all your skills in it.
Although, while doing this, It might seem like a time-wasting process but it is far more accurate and requires little rework and will give you excellent results.
Avoid multitasking, focus on specializing in one field, and work your way up from there.
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