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We all experience moments when our productivity levels start to decline. It is only natural, after all, it is hard to keep the same level of work ethic and efficiency at all times. Nevertheless, when your productivity starts to falter, there is usually a reason behind it. With that in mind, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the biggest productivity killers so that you can rectify them.
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If your computer has the alerts feature activated for emails and social media messages, this is likely to be one of the main reasons why you are struggling to be productive in the workplace. Whenever you receive a pop-up notification in the corner of your screen telling you that you have a new message, you will be inclined to check this out straight away and reply accordingly. When you do this, it means that you are getting endlessly stopped in your tracks while working. This makes it impossible to work efficiently and finish tasks in a timely manner. After all, not only are you wasting time by checking messages, but you will be losing your train of thought.
Cluttered and untidy workspace
Another reason why you may be struggling to achieve high levels of productivity is because of your workspace. If your workspace is untidy and cluttered, you are not going to be able to think freely. The importance of a sanitary workplace cannot be underestimated. After all, dirt and clutter only have the impact of cluttering the mind. It causes irritation and frustration and prohibits anyone from being able to work to their best. Give your Workspace a purge and a clean, and notice the huge difference that this has.
“You can’t expect to change years of working habits overnight. Small changes in how you work can gradually add up to big changes in productivity. Try one tip to start, and keep adding more as you find the strategies that work best for you.” – nytimes.com
Endless unfocused hours staring at the computer screen
We have all been there. You catch yourself gazing into space and you’re not sure how long you have been doing it for. The most common reason for this is because you have not been taking periodical breaks throughout the day. You need to take regular breaks to re-energize your focus.
Last but not least, you may be struggling to work efficiently because you have not put a proper schedule in place. If you do not schedule your day and your tasks accordingly, it becomes incredibly difficult to focus. This is especially the case if you are working on a large project and it seems like the end goal is miles and miles away. To work more productively, you would be better off splitting up this task into lots of smaller tasks so that you are constantly meeting milestones. This will help you to stay motivated and productive.
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Dress for Success
Your appearance has a huge impact on how you feel and how your employer views you, so you want to strike just the right note and dress the part.
If you’re dressed appropriately for your industry, you will be more productive than if you are not dressed as well as your coworkers. Some believe that that sloppy dress leads to sloppy work and that nonchalant dress leads to a decrease in company enthusiasm and productivity. Some executives also believe attire affects productivity and can hinder career advancement.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of some of the most common productivity killers in the workplace, as well as some useful tips on how to overcome them.
David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization.