Increasing productivity: Your 4 point personal habit checklist

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There are 4 personal habits that are bad for your soul and destroy your productivity. If you want to improve productivity, try this 4 point checklist. Habits are easy to get sucked into, then you don’t even realise you’re doing them. Maybe you feel like you’re in a hamster wheel, running and not getting anywhere? If your aim is increasing productivity, here’s a chance to spring clean yourself of four habits that lots of people pick up. These habits are not good for you, your productivity, or what your team and network think of you.

1: Letting your past dictate your future

We’ve all made mistakes, they can be valuable. The value is what you learn from them, not in keeping them as a personal force field. Learn from your mistakes, then let them go. If not, you are letting previous mistakes dictate your future.

Is that more easily said than done? Try thinking differently: when something goes wrong, turn it into an opportunity to learn something you didn’t know (perhaps about your team, perhaps about yourself). You’ll find it really helps in increasing productivity, by making you more prepared to move forwards.

If something goes wrong for member of your team, demonstrate your leadership skills. It’s an opportunity to be forgiving, understanding and help them learn. What’s more you’ll be increasing productivity as they really learn too.

Everything that’s happened in the past is training for where you are today. Let it inform your thinking, not define what you do (or don’t).

2: Increasing productivity – stop procrastinating.

Sometimes we procrastinate because of……well actually why is it? Normally it’s a type of fear.

Perhaps you’re waiting till you’ll feel sure? Well, you can never feel sure you will succeed at something, although that doesn’t prevent you from committing to doing your best.

Stop procrastinating, and you’ll find yourself increasing productivity.

3: Thinking about people who don’t make any difference in your life.

Recently a client was  distracted to the point he wasn’t really moving business his firm forwards. His mental energy was directed at an ex-employee who had left under “dubious terms”. Hanging onto frustration, annoyance and anger really won’t help you.

 It’s a bit like taking poison and hoping the other person becomes unwell!

Why would you let somebody who doesn’t matter to you, or you don’t like, affect you?

Your team (and family) are the ones who need (and deserve) your attention. Your mind is like a computer, the more windows it has open, the slower it gets. Increasing productivity requires you to let go of the irrelevant thoughts about irrelevant people.

4: Gossip – chatting about people without their knowledge.

From time to time we’ve all done it. Isn’t gossip great to join in with? Does it feel good to know something others want to chat about?

The trouble is, it’s not good – really it isn’t.

Gossiping to get into your team’s favour (or anybody else’s) is self defeating. It may feel good for a few minutes, but overall your personal stock goes down.

When you find yourself talking others about what somebody else is doing, wouldn’t it be better if actually talked to them about it? Before you say “it’s not my place to talk to them about it”, it’s not your place to talk about them either.

You’ll get more respect from your team, get more done, be increasing productivity and feel better by focusing on more productive matters – everybody wins.

5: Bonus point – Say NO

Getting into the habit of saying NO, will improve productivity. Saying no to extra requests, or no to doing extra work without extra fees, saying no when your team try to give their work back to you. The biggest NO is about saying no to yourself when going off track, stay on track with the plan for your business – it really doesn’t need all the extra things you keep seeing,

Habits are hard to stop

As these are probably habits, they may take some effort to stop. Remind yourself each day of what you’re not going to do and how you’ll benefit. Increasing productivity is a series of steps to keep taking and reminding yourself of, each day.

What’s the best way you’ve found of ridding yourself of bad habits?

Written by Jon Baker. I work with small business owners who want to achieve sane success. You started your own business to be successful and improve your life, not stress it out due to pressure. I would love to discuss any of the matters in this article, feel free to email me.





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