Who doesn’t want to be more productive and get more done each day? Here’s how! Avoid these productivity killers:
Too many notifications. Having notifications buzzing on your phone or computer all the time will drastically decrease your productivity. Every time you hear a notification, it breaks your concentration and takes time away from what you are trying to accomplish. Often, the notifications are for something unimportant that easily could have waited. I suggest taking a couple minutes to set up your phone and computer so you only hear notifications for phone calls and texts. You probably don’t need to be notified immediately for anything else.
Too much multitasking. Multitasking is one of those things that masquerades as a productivity booster but often has the opposite effect. When you are working on a task that requires concentration, multitasking will only cause you to be distracted and will probably cause the tasks to take longer. It also increases the risk of mistakes. It’s probably fine to fold your laundry while chatting on the phone, but it’s not such a good idea to pay your bills while chatting. Try single tasking whenever possible and see how much more you can accomplish.
Perfectionism. Perfectionism is another thing that masquerades as something helpful when, in fact, it can be quite detrimental. Being too careful and tedious about things that don’t really matter can really slow you down. Does it really matter if the towels are folded perfectly or all aligned in the same direction? I wrote an entire post about how perfectionism is actually the enemy of a tidy home.
What have you found to be a productivity killer for you?