The Secret killers That Are Destroying Your Personal Productivity
If you are an entrepreneur, then like me, you must always have a list of long urgent task ahead of you every day, even before you leave your bed in the morning.
You get going, soon, its lunch time. By the time you are struggling with the second task, it’s already 5 p.m. and the rest of the task on your list will be postponed to tomorrow.
Again. Just like the previous day and the days before.
Will you employ a personal assistant or enroll yourself in time management course? I am sure you know what each would cost you.The followings are the ways by which you might be ignorantly destroying your personal productivity without even knowing it:
You Can Stop Destroying Your Personal Productivity…here is how
As humans, our body is more comfortable with not doing anything. Whenever you set out to do something, there is this inauspicious force inside you that keeps trying to sabotage your effort. All humans struggle with this.
To overcome this inner saboteur, there is need for you to be aware of this unfavourable force and always remember it whenever you feel like lazing around.
It is always looking to drain your motivation and divert your attention with irrelevant things that you would later wished you had resisted.
Awareness is the key. Once you are able to recognize the fact that this inner resistance is responsible for your excuses for not doing something, then the rest shouldn’t be hard.
Taking Forever To Plan For Success
Do you also, like I used to, spend all day reading other people’s advice and success stories? If you are not careful enough, you might spend all your years doing that. It is easier to spend time learning for success through reading and continue planning it than doing it.
So, it is time.
Get going. Start doing those things you have spent time hearing, reading or learning about. Get rid of that book and your earphones now. Close your browser as well. It’s time to work.
One of the surest way to remain unproductive and even end up unsuccessful or a loser in life is holding on to the belief that you can’t do it something. If you have been harbouring the feeling that you cannot be successful at something, you seriously need to stop now.
People with serious disadvantages or handicaps have accomplished the most incredible things in life, so I wonder what the excuse of a normal person like you would be. Take control of your life because only you are responsible for it.
Self-doubt does not do any good.
These are your two options right now. You can either believe in your own abilities or if you do not have enough confidence in them, then work hard to improve them.
Your absent-mindedness is also destroying your personal productivity.
Without focus, the quality of your work will suffer. If you cannot focus, you will lose speed as well. It is normal for your mind to wander while you work, it happens but giving in to it and allowing yourself to get completely lost on useless thoughts is on you.
Whenever you realize your mind is compulsively going from one random, unnecessary thought to another, bring the mind back to the present task at hand.
Not only will focus make your work outstanding, it would also ensure you get the job done faster.
Working With A Sense of Urgency
Do you always aim to urgently rush through the day and get all your tasks over and done with? This shouldn’t be your aim. Aim to be creative and insightful, calm, cool and collected all through your day.
If you are able to spend just one hour and achieve good work, I believe that is better than spending 7 hours on mediocre work.
So, honour your work. Give it the power to stand out and make a difference. Give it everything, not approaching it urgently. Bring in awareness, presence and energy with you whenever you report for work.
Placing Too Much Priority On Future Goals
Yeah, you read that right. Did you just ask “how is this a problem?”. Is all you are ever constantly concerned about where you want to be in the future? If yes, then you are missing out on the important present moment.
You do not concretely have the future or tomorrow. You can only plan towards them and put them in prayers. This present moment is what is truly yours. So, you need to make use of it and enjoy it.
Don’t get me wrong. Your future goals are important, but they are just secondary. It will not help you if you just keep wishing and wishing you have achieved your goals.
You should be grateful for the present time. Only seeing your present tasks as means to an end will only end up reducing the power of your work and it will put your future goals at risk.
Your family might also be killing your productivity without them knowing it as well. Because they care and are always curious about how you are progressing. They are also constantly cheering you on, which is a good thing.
But all these have their ways of adding useless pressure on you. You will feel the need to meet their expectation, which could hinder you from working at your own pace and destroy your personal productivity. This is even worse when they are hoping secretly that you fail and you are aware of this.
Oh, you mean why would they want you to fail?
This mostly happens when you start something really different and your family and friends are hoping that failing would make you come back to your senses and stop taking risks so that you would eventually resort to something “sensible”. Such as when you start a business like network marketing.
Like when you have someone eagerly waiting to say “I told you so”. Trust me, I know that feeling. I still remember the look on my own people’s face when I quit my salaried job to work full time as an internet marketer.
Today, most people (especially the elders) cannot make any sense out of sitting with a computer for some hours of the day to make money.
People might prefer you to stick to that low-paying steady job that hardly gives time freedom and tell you “a bird in hand is better than then thousand birds in the forest…bla bla” You need to stop entertaining these kinds of mentality.
It is okay to listen to them, but do not base your decision on pleasing them. Very soon, they will come back to meet you with an uncomfortable smile and look of wonder.
8. Too Many Connections
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most of your time with.” John Rim.
Any successful person will tell you the same. If your friends are happy with who they are, without any desire to grow, leave them behind and replace them.
I am not telling you having to choose between your friends and your future would be easy, but I can promise you that you won’t regret it. Will you prefer them to later leave you in the future or come look for you in the future?
Why would I continue to be your friend when you wouldn’t add any value to my life and also not allow me to add to yours?
I actually do not believe you should be friends with someone because of what you are looking to gain from them but if you won’t add any value to my life, you shouldn’t reduce the ones I am working to improve on.
Too many friends cost you productivity and time. Every one of them will still end up stealing some of your time. You can’t walk 15 minutes without coming across one friend of yours from somewhere or anyone you do not want to “offend” by briefly saying “Hi” or just waving at, so you will be forced to create 3- 4 minutes to catch-up.
Next week, someone wants to do something you must attend, the week after is another’s person’s birthday and so on.
Know who your best friends are. Give them all the love you can….but over the weekends!
If not, do not fool yourself thinking you can be a socialite and a productive entrepreneur all at the same time. It won’t work.