Nothing kills your productivity at work than bad habits.
The solution does not lie in ingesting more caffeine. Instead, being more productive while at work lies in working smarter, not harder. Essentially, you simply need to make the most of each day.
While it is certainly much easier said than done, getting more done within a short amount of time is still achievable. Well, if you are not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.
Not only do bad habits make you less productive, they affect your mood and stifle your performance. Breaking out of your bad habits make you more productive, and more importantly, provides you with that sense of self-accomplishment.
Bad habits are aplenty, some of which are more harmful than others. Here are 6 bad habits which you definitely have to break to be more productive at work:
1. Impulsive web browsing
Granted that most of us would have access to the internet at work, it is easy to get side-tracked looking up random things that just popped in your head. Several studies have shown that it takes about 15 to 25 minutes to get back into the “flow” after being distracted. Together with the time spent browsing the web to check the news, a soccer game’s score or whatever else you have, it amounts to quite a fair bit of time without getting any work done.
Instead, write down your thoughts or question on a notepad. You can then look up the information after you have completed your work.
2. Checking your social media accounts
Most of us would impulsively reach for our phones to scroll through Instagram, watch funny videos on Snapchat or read funny tweets. Sure, it is a welcoming distraction after staring at the computer screen for too long. But when a particularly interesting tweet leads to another and so on, before you know it, an hour would have passed.
Essentially, stop checking your social media accounts every half an hour. The posts and tweets are likely to be the same anyway.
Related reading: Put in place a social media policy at your workplace
3. Taking on too many meetings
Meetings gobble up your time like no other. Furthermore, most meetings tend to drag on forever if time permits. Instead, inform everyone at the onset that you intend to keep the meeting to the intended schedule. That way, it sets the expectation for everyone to be more efficient and focus on the key points for the meeting.
4. A messy desk
You might be convincing yourself and perhaps your colleagues that you know exactly where everything is on your desk. However, a messy desk clearly shows your inability to be organised and do things in an efficient manner. Furthermore, you are more likely to end up waste thing searching for even the most basic necessities such as a pen buried under your pile of documents.
5. Keeping your work phone by your bed
The one thing that most people do not realise are impeding their sleep and productivity is keeping your work phone by your bed. With the constant buzzing or vibration, chances are you will be up immediately checking the incoming email or message. Remember that your work phone is simply there for convenience and not the other way round.
Related reading: 6 things you can do right now to improve workplace productivity
6. Having a junk food lunch
Having a junk food lunch regularly set you on the path towards an unhealthy lifestyle. Additionally, it impedes your energy level in the afternoon, setting us up for a “food coma” after lunch. Instead of being a post-lunch zombie, eat a healthy meal for lunch. Not only do you get that much-needed energy boost to do work for the afternoon, it is definitely beneficial for your health in the long run as well.
While these bad habits may seem minor, they will certainly add up. It all boils down to your personal choice, between instant gratification or lasting ones. Essentially, making these small changes would set you on track for a more productive lifestyle at work!
This is a guest post from RenQun Huang at Gpayroll
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