MENTAL MISTAKES THAT MAY RUIN YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
All of us think we are super people and each day will be the day when we perform optimally. Not to puncture your bubble, but there are some mental mistakes that may take a hit on our overall productivity. Let’s see what they are and how we can overcome them in simple ways.
Here are some mental mistakes that may ruin your productivity:
Over estimating your focus time - Concerted attention for large spans are required to be productive in any given working day. We all assume that we are focussed and achieve a lot in a day, but this is a fallacy. Creative projects, considered thinking are among the host of activities that require uninterrupted focus time. For many of you, meetings, calls, etc take up a lot of time. In the end, you are left with 2-3 hours of focussed time to devote your energy to high-value activities and tasks.
Changes are all or nothing – Productivity can be enhanced by each person by making small or big changes in their lives. Most people who are willing to make changes to be productive are reluctant or resist the idea of big changes. Therefore, it is in their interest to focus on the small changes or "wins” that are doable/achievable. These minor changes are easier to achieve. As you make small changes in your life, your resistance to bigger changes will slowly evaporate over time. For example, setting up an alarm wake-up 15 minutes than you normally set, seems small change but it increases your productivity and makes you more at ease throughout the day. So, don’t remain stuck on big or nothing, start with small and work your way up.
Forgetting to do infrequent tasks – To avoid hunting for means/processes of doing a simple task/chore which has to be done infrequently, it’s best to make notes for yourself on how to do them, instead of hunting online or asking others to do the same. For example, installing a new cartridge on your printer or removing paper stuck in the printer.
Cost of energy leaks – Often we don’t realise that the small tasks/errands/activities we do on a daily basis saps our energy and can make us irritable etc. This negative impact can impact our day-to-day productivity. Creating systems unique to you are the best ways to deal with these small energy leaks. These include streamlining tasks, delegating work, and making checklists. With these by your side, you are more at ease with more clarity of thought and purpose.