Ask yourself this question – how often have you been able to concentrate on something for a long period of time? Did you get distracted? Did you get engrossed in Social Media? These actions are detrimental to your productivity and can actually drain your energy out. However, it’s not just these. There are other habits that will kills your time management efforts!
For all I know, you might have read my other article “Time Management Tactics for Entrepreneurs” or watched the video version of it; but, if you’re still nourishing these bad habits (which may not look all that bad when you just glance at them) your time management efforts are sure to go down the drain.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way! All it takes is a bit of awareness on your part and self-controlled actions to get back on track. Read on to find out more.
This is the most common of all the bad habits. In fact, you may have heard people praising each other or challenging themselves to multi-tasking. However, this is like ‘Jack of all Trades, Master of None’. Multitasking tricks you into producing incomplete, subpar work daily. Multitasking is a mirage. Try it consciously. If you are writing an article, or thinking up a business name and your kid asks you to play chess with him – which one do you think you’ll accomplish? When you fall into the habit of multitasking, you aren’t doing multiple tasks at the same time, but rather you are giving partial focus to a single task while giving the majority of your attention to switching jobs. Stay alert and don’t fall into this trap!
Not Having a Work Routine
John C Maxwell said “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
You’re setting yourself up for disaster if you are in the habit of working whenever you feel like it. It is important to establish a work routine if you want to get your mind into a productive gear.
Now that you probably are working from home, do you have a routine? Do you have a specific time to rise up, eat, check your email, workout, get on calls, complete documentation, etc.? Without a work routine, you will always go into your work mode cold, which can make getting into the zone much harder.
Being a Perfectionist
A very common trap. This is taught in B-Schools and Q-Schools – Business and Quality. They tell you to get it right the first time. If you’re just starting out on your business journey, or are working hard to make ends meet, or just trying to organize your day, trying to be a perfectionist will lead you down the rabbit hole.
How do you know you’re a victim to this bad habit? If your mood goes sour when things don’t go your way, or if you are constantly setting unrealistically high work standards for yourself, you are a perfectionist! A perfectionist tends to work towards getting everything right. Which simply means that the tasks will take longer to complete, and there will be lesser time for self. Be wary. Don’t fall into this trap. When you set unrealistic standards for work, you will tend to work your tasks to death. This can lead to falling behind, which then causes a mountain of tasks to buildup.
Having a Giant To-Do List
I’m sure you’ve heard ‘gurus’ talk about creating to-do lists to organize your schedule for the day/week or even the month! I encourage this as well. But, when you create your to-do list, don’t get overzealous and fill it with a dozen or more tasks, that you most likely won’t be able to complete. If you can only finish half of your to-do list at the end of the day, it can lead to you feeling overwhelmed. Unfortunately, when you start to feel overwhelmed, you can quickly lose your momentum.
Be realistic. Understand how much time each task will take to complete. Adjust your calendar or to-do list accordingly. That will leave you with a more satisfying end-of-day feeling.
What do I want to eat – apples or burgers? Where should I host my website – Hostinger or BlueHost? These are just some of the many questions you may be faced during your business day. Indecision can quickly bring a productive work session to a halt. When you don’t know what to decide on, you end up sifting through the information you have and mentally rehearsing the pros and cons until you end up making a decision. Indecisiveness can eat up a lot of energy and willpower in the process and derail your work.
Indecisiveness is a productivity killer. I know how much time and effort I spent in just building up this website – and I still don’t think it’s complete! Avoid this habit! Try to get more assertive and exercise your decision-making skills.
These are just a few of the bad habits that could be responsible for killing your time management efforts. If you find yourself at the end of the day wishing that there was more time, take a look at your daily habits. Compare them with this list. If you see any of these creeping into your daily schedule, stop, think, re-assess, plan and change to maximize your productive time.