Our daily lives are filled with conscious and subconscious habits that are incompatible with high productivity. Here are just a few of them:
- You consume too much unnecessary information.
Try to reduce your mailing list to a minimum. Your mail is not rubber, neither is your time, so why occupy it with unnecessary information? Don't be afraid of missing anything important. If there's really interesting news, you'll find out about it from other sources anyway.
- You're letting others run your life.
Steve Jobs said: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. You are the master of your own life and no one else has the right to run it but you. If you're always trying to please somebody else, you're not going to move one step forward. Of course, sometimes it is necessary to listen to the advice of others, but you must be able to ignore those who are trying to manipulate you.
- You are reinventing the wheel.
Before you start working on the next project, make a promise to yourself to keep it simple. Don't overthink or contrive where you don't need to. Remember that all brilliant things are simple and often the best solutions have already been invented before you.
- You are trying to be perfect.
Striving for perfection is laudable, but sometimes it takes too much time and energy without producing the expected results. Whatever you're working on, you need to be able to stop in time and move on to the next step.
- You set yourself too many tasks at once.
Do not grab hold of several cases at once. If you want to be satisfied with the result, you have to put all your strength, all your energy and all your attention into achieving it. Staying focused on one thing, you quickly achieve what you want.
- You are constantly late.
Stop wasting other people's time. By being late you ruin your reputation, establishing yourself as a person who does not respect the interests of others. By arriving late for a meeting, you demonstrate that you don't care about the person who wasted their precious minutes waiting for you.
- You think the more the better.
However, in most cases, quality trumps quantity. For example, it is better to have fewer clients, but not to doubt their reliability. Or it's better to have fewer skills, but to be a true professional at them. Focus your attention on the things that bring you the most benefit.