Habits are the things we do without conscious thought and some of them make us less productive.
Realize when something is continually causing you to waste time. Try to change that bad habit; it can go a long way to helping you get more done in less time.
Multitasking. Despite the myth, trying to do more than one task at once will split your focus. Our brains aren’t wired to do jobs well while multitasking. You will work better and faster when tackling things in succession rather than a couple at once.
Information overload. Everywhere we turn there is something else to read, watch or listen to. Decide what is really required for your job and what gives you true pleasure then unsubscribe from everything else. And turn off your computer and tv every once in awhile.
Perfectionism may be a noble goal and it may also be the biggest time waster. It causes some people to spend too much time trying to take a task from 90% okay to perfect. Others don’t even start because they don’t know the best way to do it. One of my favorite quotes is from Scott Allen “done is better than perfect.”
Unfinished tasks grow your to-do list and clutter your life. If you start a job, ideally you should finish it before moving on to something else. When that’s not possible, schedule time to complete what’s left undone. Breaking larger projects into several smaller chunks can be helpful. The sense of accomplishment you’ll get as you finish each small task will keep you going to wrap up the overall job.
Change is possible. Focus on one area where you could replace a less desirable habit with a better one. Realize it will take time and repeated attempts when you backslide. Stick with it and you will be rewarded.