Brian Tracy talks about a study, which shows that the average worker wastes about three hours of the job in non-work-related doings. He explains that getting more things done does not only depend upon working harder but also upon working intelligently. An effective plan is what derive efficiency. The only way to successfully follow a plan is to make it a habit.
Our habits are what we stick to, and they define how active or inactive we are on a daily basis. Hence, we bring you a list of bad habits that might be hindering your productivity at work and just how you can get rid of them.
1. Snoozing Your Alarm
You might argue that you set a list of alarms before your actual time to wake up, and you snooze along just to give yourself more time to get out of bed. Yet, we’ll still tell you that hitting the snooze button is a bad habit. It’s not just about being late for work, it’s more about your health.
When you wake up, your body releases hormones that make you more alert. By going back to sleep, you make the process slower. The extra ten minutes of sleep is not enough to restore any energy, hence you’re only really wasting the activation energy that your body gifts you at the start of every day.
2. Avoiding Breakfast
Food fuels your body – mentally and physically, and that’s why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 8-10 hours of sleep at night also means no intake for the body during that time. This is when blood sugar levels drop and your metabolism slows down. To shift them into alert mode, breakfast becomes the activation energy that your body needs. If you skip it, you’ll be left feeling fatigued and irritable for the rest of your day.
3. Procrastination and failing to Prioritize
Most individuals tend to finish smaller jobs first just to get into the momentum before the harder ones, thinking it’s a good idea when it’s actually not. Considering that your willpower decrease as the day proceeds, experts suggest that you perform your most important and difficult tasks at the beginning of it.
Warren Buffet once heard his personal pilot’s disappointment for not being able to achieve his life’s goals. Buffet asked him to list the 25 things he wanted to do before dying. After preparing the list, he was to choose 5 of those things and do them, whilst ignoring the rest. This way, the pilot did eventually accomplish his objectives.
The idea is to prioritize. Most people have a habit of looking at tasks in their totality, instead of understanding each job in its own aspect. The better way to go about it would be to first list the more important jobs and get them done. Later, if you run out of time, you’re only going to be left with incomplete tasks that were not that important.