In this post we are going to look at things that people normally do that affect our level of productivity and how you can deal with them. If you missed the first post where we started talking about making progress I urge you to read it as well. There are a few key things that you need to remember as you work toward your goals.
Money or other tangible reward is really just a by-product of the value that you create for other people. In order to offer that value you need to be a productive person that works diligently and as efficiently as possible. So instead of focusing too much on the reward you need to focus on the disciplines that will naturally create the results that you are looking to create.
I have come to realize some of the obstacles (many of them self-inflicted) that reduce our ability to create value and I’m sure you are aware of some of them. Some of the most common are as follows:
1. Having unclear goals
If you don’t know what you are shooting for you’re never going to achieve an optimum level of success. I came across a quote that explains this point really well,
“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” ~ Zig Ziglar
The Bible also says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision the people perish” so it’s important to know what you’re working towards and have a plan of action to accomplish it.
In this digital age that we are living in our phones and other gadgets can really be massive distractions if you don’t manage them well. Many people spend hours and hours on their phones leaving very little time to do things that matter. You will find such people picking up their phone each time there’s a new message or notification. At the end of the day not much work really gets accomplished because they did not give it their full attention.
3. Social media
Even worse is social media. Not that social networks are bad in themselves but for most people it’s becomes their lives. Their lives are lived on social media and they fail to connect with other people in a real setting because they have become anti-social beings.
This one a lot of people will disagree with me but I will explain why it’s a hindrance. Studies done on the brain have shown that it cannot focus on more than one thing at a time. People who think they can are said to be ‘schizophrenic’ from ‘schizophrenia which is, “a long-term mental health condition that causes a range of different psychological symptoms” according to the National Health Service.
Multitasking gives you a false sense of productivity yet when you analyze your results you will find that you haven’t accomplished as much as you could have.
People that are constantly checking their emails get very little done over the course of a working day. The truth is that they don’t have to check it all the time. Again the mind is caught between 2 things and therefore cannot produce to its fullest capacity because it cannot focus on more than one thing at a time.
Do you identify with any of the above productivity killers? Perhaps it’s just one or two, or all of them maybe. You can significantly improve your level of productivity by managing the above points and not letting them control you.
Stay tuned for the next post where we are going to look at how you can manage them and make the best possible use of your time as well. Also remember to share the post on social media and leave your comments below.
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