Stop Productivity Killers for Good in Just 3 Days!
Do you ever have those days where you start the morning off with every intention of being highly productive, and then before you know it, 5 o’clock rolls around and there are still tasks on your to-do list?
Sometimes no matter how hard you try to be as productive as possible, life just has a way of, well… getting in the way.
And with so many of us now working from home full-time, there are even more opportunities for you to become distracted by non-work-related things going on around you.
Productivity Killers Are Everywhere
The sneaky thing about productivity killers is that oftentimes, they’re hiding in plain sight. You might not even realize just how many of them are taking their toll on your day.
They show up in the form of texts and notifications going off on our phones. Come on, when you hear a “ping,” what’s the first thing you do?
You stop whatever you’re working on and check your phone, which then leads to you scrolling through your social media feeds – just to check and see if there’s anything new going on.
And then there are those other distractions that pop up, such as hearing the timer go off on the dryer.
Getting up from your workspace and going to the laundry room to get the clothes out and fold them might not seem like a major diversion on the surface, but it is. It’s something that causes you to break your focus and it interrupts your flow.
And what do you do when you sit back down in front of the computer? Odds are good that you check email to see if any new messages have come in before getting back to what you were working on.
The truth is, so many people don’t know what they’re REALLY doing on a daily basis, but there’s an easy exercise that can help.
3-Day Exercise to Identify What’s Hindering Productivity
All it takes to truly get a handle on the parts of your day that are impacting your productivity is to commit to this exercise for 3 days.
Get a pen and paper, and from the moment you wake up until the time you crawl back into bed, write down exactly what you’re doing.
You can break the day into 30-minute increments or hour increments depending on what works best for you.
Here’s the hard part – you have to be totally honest with what you write down.
If you’re checking Facebook? Write it down.
Staring into the fridge looking for a snack? Write it down.
Driving to and from school or running errands? Write it down.
Focusing on your work and actually getting stuff done? Write that down, too.
When the 3-day period is over, go back over your list and pay attention to the periods in your day when you’re not using your time wisely.
You’ll be surprised at how many insignificant things you’re doing on a daily basis.
On the flip side, you’ll notice patterns as far as the times of day when you really ARE most productive, which will help you set up your schedule for increased productivity going forward.
Once you figure out what those times are, block them out on your calendar, and commit to eliminating all distractions during that time block.
If you’re worried about still being tempted to check email, or social media, or to take care of a household chore that needs to get done, there’s an easy solution.
Block time out in your day for that, too! Set aside dedicated breaks where you’re allowed to indulge in those activities.
This way, you’ll be able to resist the urge to pick up your phone every 10 minutes and you’ll focus on what really needs to get done.
Another Simple Way to Find More Time
If the 3-day exercise seems a little too rigid for you, you can also simply play a little game that ITN Founder and CEO, Cynthia Garcia, calls “Finding Time.”
It’s as easy as this:
Ask yourself… what do you spend time doing throughout the week that you can ditch in favor of focusing on tasks that are going to move you forward…
Seriously. Think about it.
Playing a game?
Scrolling through social media?
Checking emails for the umpteenth time?
Checking the news sites? (Again.)
If you play this little game, we promise you’ll find time. It’s there, hidden in whatever mundane activity has become part of your daily ritual.
It can be difficult to break away from your routine, especially given all that’s happened over the past year. Let’s be honest – we’ve all needed distractions to help take our minds off the heavy stuff.
But if you can commit to finding those extra minutes or hours in the day and shifting your focus to things that actually serve you, you’ll be surprised at just how much more productive you’ll become.
And isn’t a life that you don’t need a distraction from something that you’re aiming for?
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