Habits to Break to be More Productive

As a business person, you are constantly looking for ways to be more productive. The following are some common habits that can hinder your productivity.

Perfectionism

How can you ever produce something great if you never get started? Let the perfectionism side of you go and allow yourself to just begin. Whether that be an email, a project or writing a paper, you need to start somewhere. This will give your idea time to grow. Don’t let perfectionism hold you back from even trying.

Unnecessary Meetings

Meetings can gobble up your time quicker than you realize. Make sure it’s an important meeting that must take place in the form of a meeting. If it’s an issue that can be handled via email, do that. If you must lead a meeting, stick to the most important points and keep it as brief as possible. By sticking to the schedule, you will set expectations that everyone can depend on.

Responding to Emails as they Arrive

If you respond to emails one by one as they come in, you may end up spending your entire day in your inbox. Check your email on a schedule and prioritize your emails by sender. Perhaps you decide to check your email first thing in the morning, right after lunch and ten minutes before the end of the work day. Whatever works best for you, implement that schedule and stick to it. Emails can suck the time from your day if you respond to them as they arrive.

Hitting the Snooze Button

When you hit the snooze button and fall back asleep, you lose alertness and end up waking up later than planned, feeling tired and groggy. This grogginess can take hours to wear off, and you don’t have that time to lose. Wake up to your first alarm. If you must, put it across the room so you have to physically get up and walk to it. But whatever you do, don’t keep snoozing!

Each day is a new day and you want to be as productive as possible. By following the above tips, you will slowly find that you have more time on your hands and you feel less pressed for time.

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