7 MISTAKES THAT PREVENT YOU FROM HAVING A MORE PRODUCTIVE DAY

1. Email/Technology

As recent as 15 years ago, few would have been able to predict just how deeply embedded technology would be into our daily lives. Looking at all the technological advancements we currently enjoy, it is hard to believe we once were able to do without them. One could say – part of our nature is portraying the need to feel connected and aware as the day progresses. Having the possibility of information at our fingertips gives us a sense of empowerment.
Not knowing how to manage all this sense of power and information could potentially inhibit us from achieving greater goals. All the constant stream of information flowing directly towards us transforms the availability of this same information into a constant source of interruptions. A great way to balance this dilemma would be to set up small [tech free] time intervals which could further center our thoughts by increasing focus by minimizing current interruptions.

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2. Poor Planning/Time Management

Every minute has 60 seconds, every hour has 60 minutes, every day brings 24 hours, every week brings seven days and every month brings what would appear to be enough days to achieve more then we currently do. Though it would seem that most – don’t currently enjoy that measurement of time as they are always in a race against a never losing clock. A main factor that contributes to the lack of time management is not having a plan to begin with. This can come from something so simple as lacking a morning routine, a weekly study plan or a general written guide of desired goals.

Think of it this way; most people tend to write down a specific list of items they intend to get when the next trip to the grocery store takes place. They could spend hours or even days jotting down all the things they intend to get when the time to go to the supermarket arrives. However, if the time to go to the supermarket comes and they leave the list at home do you think the end result of that trip to the supermarket will be as fulfilling and productive as it would have been with the list? Most probably not.

Even if we took into consideration a whole different scenario such as a vacation in which you intended to visit a city and want to visit as many top spots as possible. If you go without a written list of places the possibilities of you being able to reach all the top spots in your selected vacation city would be rare, since during the actual trip – without a written plan – you would most probably be going through the motions of being in a vacation mindset.

We are always going to need a guide, a plan to go back to in order for us to assess if we are on track or not. Planning becomes a great tool for those who don’t just want to reach a destination, but those who understand that part of the beauty of reaching a destination is in the art of enjoying the journey.

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3. Perfectionism

Perfectionism can’t possibly be unhealthy, right? Well, what if that same sense of perfectionism causes you to turn in your “perfect” work late, or you missed your child’s play while creating this work? That’s a bad thing, right?

The question then becomes, “Is perfectionism good, or bad?” The answer is, it can be both. The difference between “good” and “bad” perfectionism is how well we can manage our daily life. If the need for perfect work comes with the sacrifice of other work, or more importantly, the people in our lives, then learning how to handle perfectionism should be a priority.

On the other hand, if the fear of failure drives a perfectionist to be more methodical in their work to alleviate stress, make clear goals, and recognize when enough’s enough, then it can be considered a good thing.

It is not unusual for perfectionism to rob us of a significant amount of time doing things we love with the people we love. Even when a perfectionist is present in body, they are rarely present in mind. They exist in a state of tunnel vision and are not allowing themselves to recognize all that they have to be grateful for and offer outside of their work.

Chasing perfectionism isn’t allowing us to live our best lives. The goal of achieving the perfect vision limits our ability to see the possibility in everything around us.

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4. Not saying No

Have you ever been in a situation in which saying no was the obvious answer yet for some unexplainable reason you end up saying yes? 🤷🏼‍♂️. How can something so apparently simple end up causing so much chaos in our lives?

What many fail to understand is that by putting ourselves in a position where we should not be placed in we are not going to be more productive. We are setting ourselves up for a headache by being in a situation where we are fully aware that we do not or should not be in. The best way to avoid running into this cycle is by always being upfront and honest when we have need to say no.

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5. Avoiding Meals during the day

Sometimes your busy schedule leaves you with little to no time to eat, so you end up skipping meals. Then there are the people who are trying to lose weight and think skipping meals is the answer. The truth is, skipping meals does more harm than good.

Even though it appears to be something very simple and rudimentary we have all been guilty of this principal at some point in our professional lives. Even though he comes from a place of wanting to be more productive it can become the exact opposite.

According to a great article from http://individualfitnessllc.com/blog/90537/Don-t-Skip-Meals these are some of the reasons you should avoid skipping meals at all costs:

You end up overeating – Starving yourself all day or not making time to eat three meals a day or snacks in between will leave you hungry and more likely to overindulge in the evening. When you’re hungry, you’re less likely to take the time to make a healthy meal, preferring something quick and easy. This may leave you eating packaged or fast food. Also, the hungrier you are, the more likely you are to reach for seconds or even thirds, tripling your portion. Eating heavy meals in the evening is never a good idea, as you don’t have the rest of the day to use up the energy and burn the calories.

It slows down your metabolism – Skipping meals may actually encourage your body to gain weight instead of lose it. When you don’t eat for a long period, your body notices, and your metabolism goes into safety mode by slowing down in an effort to conserve your energy source (calories and fat from food). Skipping meals often, therefore, means your metabolism will slow down over time, so when you start eating regularly again, you may not burn your food as efficiently. Furthermore, your body will store the meals as fat because it thinks you’re in starvation mode.

Your blood sugar will drop – When you eat, your body breaks down the food, storing some of the meal as fat while the rest enters the bloodstream as sugar. Consequently, skipping meals will cause your blood sugar level to drop, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish. Furthermore, if you consistently skip meals, you interfere with insulin levels, which may lead to diabetes later in life.

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6. Skipping a meditation session

Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. You can do it anywhere, without special equipment or memberships. Alternatively, meditation courses and support groups are widely available. There’s a great variety of styles too, each with different strengths and benefits.

Trying out a style of mediation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes to do it each day. Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.

Habitual meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Some forms of meditation can improve depression and create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation may help you maintain these benefits long term. Several types of meditation may build your ability to redirect and maintain attention. As little as four days of meditation may have an effect.

The improved focus you can gain through regular meditation may increase memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help fight age-related memory loss and dementia.Meditation develops mental discipline and willpower and can help you avoid triggers for unwanted impulses. This can help you recover from addiction, lose weight and redirect other unwanted habits.

A variety of meditation techniques can help you relax and control the “runaway” thoughts that can interfere with sleep. This can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and increase sleep quality.

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How to be more productive?

According to a great article in https://www.forbes.com/sites/ilyapozin/2013/08/14/9-habits-of-productive-people/amp/ Here are some key points to improve productivity…

Cut your to-do list in half. Getting things done during your workday shouldn’t mean fitting in doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours. Take a less-is-more approach to your to-do list by only focusing on accomplishing things that matter.

Take more breaks. The ache in your brain after several long hours of work should be your signal to take a break. Since your brain has used up its glucose, give yourself a moment to refresh by going for a walk, grabbing lunch or a snack, or just meditating. You’ll come back recharged and ready to achieve greater efficiency.

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Follow the 80/20 rule. Only 20 percent of what you do each day produces 80 percent of your results. Eliminate the things that don’t matter during your workday — they have a minimal effect on your overall productivity.

Use your morning to focus on yourself. It’s a big productivity killer to start your mornings by checking your email and your calendar. This allows others to dictate what you accomplish. Start your day out right by ignoring your emails in the morning and getting in a good breakfast, reading the news, meditating, or working out. This will ensure you’ve got the necessary fuel for a productive day.

Stop multi-tasking. Stop trying to do 10 things at once! Get things done more effectively and efficiently by focusing on one task at a time.

In order for you to have a more productive day, you need to focus on what you want to get done; identifying what are some of the mistakes that hinder your productivity and take action. Today is a great day to make a change.

What are some of the mistakes you have identified that prevent you from having a more productive day?

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