Do you ever feel like you’re doing everything you can and still not getting things done? I know I do. And I also know that a lot of the time it’s due to having some unproductive habits that I continue to let happen time and time again.
Here are 4 unproductive habits that you need to break right now!
Not Taking Breaks
It feels great when you get loads of stuff done all at once. You’ve ticked everything off your to-do list is finished, the chores are done and you’re just about to start on the next project when you realise you’re absolutely exhausted. So you lie down on the sofa for the next three days and can’t get anything done.
Life is about balance and when you don’t take proper breaks, it leads to burnout. Whilst it can seem tempting to work really hard all the time so that everything gets done, it never really works like that, does it? Because there’s always something else you can be doing. Even if everything on your list is done, if you’re like me, you’ll draft up a new list or you’ve already got a list in your head of long-term projects you can be doing at any time.
Take breaks whether it’s half an hour or two days of doing nothing and you’ll find that you can be a lot more productive and more consistent with your productivity.
Not Prioritising Sleep
You know that saying “Sleep is for the weak”? That’s a lie. Sleep is wonderful and without it, you’ll be extremely unproductive and likely dead within eleven days.
Sleep should be a priority. Your body knows what you need. Some people can cope on five hours a night, others need much more so there isn’t a one size fits all. If you don’t get enough sleep, your memory will be worse, your focus will be non-existent and you probably won’t be all that pleasant to be around. Get into a bedtime routine that allows you to wind down (away from a screen!) before you get into bed and you’ll feel so much more ready to take on the day when you wake up.
Looking for Instant Gratification
The world we live in thrives on instant gratification and your brain is really good at conning you into thinking you’ve been productive when you really haven’t. I often find myself confused as to why I’ve ticked so many things off my to-do list yet still don’t seem to have made any headway. It’s usually because I do the easy tasks first. I’ll make a dentist appointment, wash up and send emails long before I’ll ever make a start on that looming essay.
Ticking things off feels great but if you’re not prioritising your to-do list by urgency it might mean you end up leaving things until last minute even when you’re constantly busy.
Comparing Yourself To Others
I left this until last because YOU NEED TO STOP DOING THIS, OKAY? We all do it and it’s so harmful for our wellbeing because it makes you feel like you don’t have an ounce of anything exciting or good about you and you start wishing you were as good as someone else, which you don’t want because you’re fabulous just the way you are.
It also makes you extremely unproductive, because nothing you produce will be as good as what another person would, right? WRONG. People are different, find your strengths and work to them, not someone else’s.