Bad Habits That Destroy Your Productivity

By: Ali Zaki

We all have our ups and downs when it comes to productivity. The age we live in has given us access to limitless information, all thanks to the internet. But it has also diseased us with limitless ways to procrastinate. Here are five habits that you may find yourself guilty of doing without noticing, that seriously hinder your productivity. Ali Zaki teaches us how to get rid of these bad habits.

1. Snoozing Your Alarm

Getting those extra 15-30 minutes of sleep in the morning always seems like an undeniable idea in the early hours of the day. Surprisingly though, several studies have shown that getting fragmented hours of sleep prior to getting up makes you more prone to feeling sleepy and impaired during the day. Most studies show that getting seven to eight hours of straight sleep at night is the optimal condition for you to feel refreshed in the morning.

The Solution

Always set your alarm at the exact time you need to wake up, this reduces the likelihood of hitting that snooze button in the morning. And the earlier you go to bed, the more likely you would naturally be woken up by your biological clock.

To make that happen, wake up at the same time every day, that way your biological clock would sync, possibly even eliminating the need for a morning alarm altogether.

2. Multitasking

People usually say that multitasking makes you more productive, as it lets you get more tasks out of the way simultaneously. In reality, multitasking may not be the hero we once thought it was.

Our brain is not capable of having two thoughts at once. Working on two tasks simultaneously really means that we are constantly shifting our focus between one task and the other, which drains our mental capacity.

The Solution

The simple solution to multitasking is to stop doing it. Break up your tasks into a to-do list, and allocate time to each task, providing you a way to keep track of your time and progress.

This would seem tough at times when you have too much to do with too little time, but you will find that giving your full attention to one task at a time would boost your overall productivity, and you’d get things done at a much faster rate.

3. Not Prioritizing

It’s in our nature to get the easier tasks out of the way before getting to the more difficult ones. Research has shown that our willpower dwindles throughout our day, so leaving the difficult tasks till the end actually leads to less productivity.

The Solution

The best thing to do here is to start out with the most tedious tasks first and get them out of the way. This will provide you with enough momentum to finish off the easier tasks and call it a day. Mentally prioritizing what you have to get done, based on difficulty, will significantly help you achieve this.

4. Having a Disruptive Environment