Being productive is easier said than done, and sometimes bad habits can get the better of us and kill our productivity without us even realising. But don’t worry, we’re here to help and give you the nudge you need to break out of these habits. Start from the bottom up and make the little changes before switching up your whole work style, and you’ll automatically become more productive. Sometimes it’s the small changes that have the biggest impact!
Your phone can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Apps like myReach can help you manage multiple projects, but if you find yourself getting easily distracted on social media or scrolling through your photos it’s time to put your phone away. Try putting your phone out of sight or on “do not disturb” so you don’t get any notifications. Your phone can be the ultimate procrastination tool, so don’t let it distract you from your work!
Stop snoozing the alarm! We know it’s hard, the temptation to roll over and shut out the world is strong, but try to be consistent in the mornings. Give your body (and brain) time to wake up for the day ahead. Drink that morning coffee if you need it, or get a workout in if you are more of a morning person. Getting into a good routine each morning that works for you will help you be more productive throughout the day.
Stop using ineffective or outdated tools! Use automated tools rather than manually doing everything yourself. Think about how much time you could save! You may be used to certain programmes or tools, but don’t get too comfortable. Utilise new productivity tools to be more organised and efficient. It could change the way you work! For instance, using myReach takes the stress out of trying to find a file you need thanks to its advanced search filters. There are so many tools out there designed to make your life easier, so why not give them a go?!
Everyone makes mistakes, but don’t keep making the same errors! You’ll waste your time and most likely other people’s too. You don’t want to keep getting flagged up for making the same mistakes. Take on your feedback and streamline processes by doing it right the first time. Before you know it, you’ll be laughing at the mistakes you used to make!
Stop umming and ahhing! Being indecisive gets you nowhere, it simply delays the inevitable. A decision needs to be made, whether you like it or not! We’re not talking about decisions like what to have for lunch, though that can be a difficult one! This is about spending less time deliberating on work tasks and more time doing. If you have a lot on your plate, consider prioritising tasks that are more urgent. You’ve got to start somewhere, so make a decision and roll with it!
Make these changes and you’ll be well on your way to becoming your most productive self. It may take some time to break bad habits, but realising they are there is the first step! Hold yourself accountable, but don’t be too hard on yourself! Productivity is a process after all.