There are so many people that focus on developing habits that mimic successful and productive people. While mimicking these habits is a great way to be more productive, it is just as important to look at the habits of very unproductive people. Here are some of the habits of the least productive people. Make sure to pay close attention to these habits and make sure that you aren’t falling into these negative habits, they can drastically decrease your productivity levels.
They Multitask When They Shouldn’t
Multitasking is great, if you can actually do it. One of the biggest things that makes people less productive is that they think they can multitask on certain things, when in all reality, they can’t. You can’t multitask with everything. It is simply not possible. Maybe you can talk to your mom on the phone and staple papers at the same time, but you probably can’t talk to a client on the phone and write a business plan. You need to know what activities you can multitask on, when multitasking is a good idea and whether or not you are truly able to multitask. Remember, some people are better at it than others.
They Never Get Off Their Social Media Accounts
Social media accounts can be great, and they can even be a valuable marketing tool for your business. However, there are so many unproductive people that simply don’t get enough done because they spend so much time on their social media accounts. It can be very tempting to want to log on to social media regularly to check their personal accounts and to see what is going on in the world around them. Facebook and Twitter can easily suck up minutes or hours from your day and be so distracting that they can keep you from getting any work done. Not only does getting on social media eat up a great deal of your time, but it can also pull your attention away from where it needs to be, making it difficult to get back in the groove of being productive.
They Keep a To-Do List That’s Way Too Long
A ‘to-do’ list is a great tool to help anyone plan for the day and stay on track with things that they need to get done. Unfortunately, there are ways to do ‘to-do’ lists wrong. If you make a ‘to-do’ list that is way too long every day, you will never be as productive as you need to do. When you do this, you are setting yourself up for failure and setting yourself up to not meet your daily goals. When you don’t meet your goals you start to think that falling short on your ‘to-do’ list is completely normal. Your list should be reasonable for the day and you should be able to cross everything off of that ‘to-do’ list every day, or at least come close. When lists are this long they are not realistic and they can spell disaster for any person looking to be productive. Truly productive individuals know how much they can get done within a day and know what realistic expectations are, and stick to those.