5 Mistakes Holding You Back From Being More Productive

5 Mistakes Holding You Back From Being More Productive

Are you aware your efforts to work hard may be holding you back from being more productive with your work day than you already are? That’s true! When you take the time to plan your day, as I’m sure you do, your mind should be on accomplishing the most important tasks and/or issues needing your attention! Perhaps however your focus on ‘grinding it out ‘ to get more done is hindering your efforts to accomplish more?

Here are 5 common YET noble mistakes many make, self included, that tend to holds us back from being more productive at work…

Overzealous To-Do List

When you plan your day be realistic with your expectations about what you have scheduled! It’s one thing to be ambitious however if you set goals that are out of your reach, aren’t you just wasting your time? When scheduling your work day it is wise to considered the time you have along with your own capabilities to actually complete everything on your list! Sure you think by overloading your work day schedule will help you get more done however having a huge list can also be a distraction that leads to frustration! How would you feel if you hardly completed a full list of scheduled priorities, pretty frustrated I’ll bet! Well this ‘continued’ frustration can easily lead to something worse such as you giving up, do you want that? Essentially you are setting yourself up for failure when you overload your day with too much to do!

Not Scheduling Breaks

Although breaks may seem, at least on the surface, to be non-productive, this could NOT be further from the truth! Understandably we don’t associate being more productive with planning breaks for ourselves but we can NOT expect to be at our best without taking occasional breaks to at least give our minds and eyes a rest! Why do you think people sleep every night, for lack of nothing better to do?

Sucking It Up

Working through breaks or skipping meals just to get more done is NOT a good idea although it is admirable because more mistakes are made due to both mental and physical fatigue. Think about this in terms of stock car racing in which the main intention of any racing team is focused on sticking to a schedule of ‘preventive’ stops for the car so it will continue to operate smoothly! These crew members want to avoid surprises and also want to be sure their vehicles are equipped and fueled so they will finish STRONG! Additionally, being hungry or tired can also promote a bit of haste to finish what you’re doing so you can satisfy your needs and this can also open the door to making mistakes! When hungry, eat, when tired, rest…pretty simple!

Multitasking

If you want to get the job done right than you need to focus on what you’re doing or your results will suffer and your use of time will not be efficient! Multi-tasking although it does make you feel much busier, is NOT the recommended course to take if being more productive is your ultimate goal! Switching back and forth between tasks not only disrupts your focus but it also wastes time! Tasks take longer to complete and surprise surprise, due to your fractured focus, mistakes tend to occur!

Perfection

Trying to be perfect is another admirable trait however it is NOT very realistic to always expect perfection! In fact always trying to get things to be ‘just so’ is a tremendous time suck that can literally drive you crazy! If you are serious about being more productive with your time than learn to accept results that are good enough to get the job done and forget trying to get perfect results! You’re only fooling and frustrating yourself……….

Are your own admirable work ethics holding you back from being more productive with your work day? As we explored above, even as you plan your day you ‘may’ be sabotaging your efforts to get more done simply by overlooking your primary source of productivity, YOU ! By overworking and under appreciating your own time and efforts, you may limit your ability to get more done due to your nitpicking and unrealistic expectations that will NOT get you to where you want to be! Work smarter!

How to Focus Better in 5 Simple Steps

How to Focus Better in 5 Simple Steps

To be consistently productive you must first learn how to focus better on each task you face to minimize or eliminate any time wasted! Maintaining your focus and concentration also helps improve the quality of your efforts because the more you pay attention to what you’re doing the less chance you have of making mistakes! What we’re discussing here today is what YOU can do to strengthen your focusing abilities so that you can plan your day effectively to get more done!

Here are 5 simple steps you can follow to boost your focus and concentration as well as your productivity when preparing to tackle any tasks or any day!

Calm Yourself

You can NOT expect to be very productive with your time when your mind is under the influence of your emotions! The first order of business when trying to improve your focus and concentration is to clear your head of anything other than the task at hand! Emotions, as subtle as they may sometimes be, can dramatically effect your ability to train your thoughts on just one thing! It is common for humans to be emotional about many things, good news, bad news or even just feeling overwhelmed by having so much to do! Lingering emotions like these however will only serve to undermine your efforts/abilities to concentrate or to even think rationally, so calm yourself down beforehand!

Prioritize

Want to be really productive? Always plan your day in advance so you can determine and prioritize what you need to get done! Planning in advance like this not only helps you target, in advance, those things most important to you or your business, but it also allows you to ‘hit the floor running’ when the new day starts! Upon awakening you’ll already know what your priorities are and as you prepare to start the day, you’ll also be thinking about the best way(s) to complete the tasks you’ve scheduled!

Avoid Distractions

Trying to get more done while checking email, surfing the web, watching television or engaging in social media amongst other things, does NOT work! Distractions like these will only waste your time and literally destroy any focus and concentration you’re attempting to muster up to make yourself more productive! There will always be time for these things but NOT when you have tasks of greater importance that require your attention!

Get Comfortable

Don’t stand if sitting is more comfortable and position yourself away from high traffic areas that may be too distracting! Remember, you’re trying to focus on priorities and NOT fussing with your location or position so that you are comfortable! This is something you can do in advance such as when you plan your day! Obviously the more comfortable you are, short of lying down, the more productive you’ll tend to be because even the slightest discomfort can distract you from things of higher importance!

Take Breaks to Recharge

Focusing intently for an extended period of time can be both physically and mentally exhausting so ‘reward’ yourself with periodic breaks! Talk to anybody who works on a computer or some other seemingly ‘mundane’ task and they will tell you, trying to maintain your focus and concentration can stress your mind as well as your eyesight! Be sure to take regular breaks to stretch, rest your eyes and even gain a new perspective on what it is you’re undertaking! Much like a computer you’re simply rebooting to help maintain your productivity!

Learning how to focus better is the FIRST step you need to take in order to get more done with each and every day! Your focus and concentration are vitally important when it comes to doing more while committing fewer mistakes and the 5 steps discussed above serve to strengthen these critical abilities! Remember, as you plan your day you only have so many hours to work with so it only makes sense to take the suggested steps above so that your day is productive and NOT one full of frustrations and regrets!

Why Trying to be Perfect Sabotages Your Success

Why Trying to be Perfect Sabotages Your Success

Are you one of those people who are always trying to be perfect? If so, how’s that working out for you so far? Although it is admirable to possess such lofty standards, could it be that your ‘obsession’ with perfection is holding you back from being more productive and successful? As a home business entrepreneur, can you really afford to spend SO much time ‘fussing’ with or avoiding imperfections, especially when in most cases your less than perfect efforts will STILL get the job done?

If business success is what you seek perhaps ’embracing’ imperfection will allow you to get more done by NOT getting too hung up with everything being just so!

Embracing My Imperfection

Embracing My Imperfection. As I was training for a marathon the last few months, I got into the routine of listening to podcasts during the long …

With the understanding that your quest for perfection may in fact be holding you back, how is it that you can ‘train’ yourself to accept results that are less than perfect? Well the answer can be found in just one single word, conditioning! The following article discusses 4 simple strategies you can use to condition yourself into accepting that NOT everything you do needs to be absolutely perfect!

4 Ways to Embrace Imperfections

We all have imperfections. You may find these ideas helpful in accepting yourself just as you are—even when you don’t get everything right in relationships.

All this talk about being more accepting of imperfections in your efforts and in life is for a reason, being perfect or at least trying to be will only get in your way and hold you back! Let’s hear what Holly G has to say about our obsession with perfection and how it can and will keep you from achieving more in your business or life…

Trying to be perfect all the time will likely result in higher frustration levels while also making you less productive! The discussion(s) presented above take the stance that targeting perfection all the time can literally be holding you back from being more successful than you already may be! For those of you who aspire to be successful as business entrepreneurs good results are what you need but few results is what you’ll get when obsessing with things being always perfect! Embracing imperfection and accepting that sometimes good is good enough will allow you to get more done thus increasing your probability of success! In the end it appears that it is a wiser choice to simply focus less on being perfect and more on adding value when and where you can!

Get More Done Using These 10 Incredible Online Tools

Get More Done Using These 10 Incredible Online Tools

Developing strategies or tactics that will help you get more done as an internet entrepreneur is crucial to your success! When working alone, as most entrepreneurs online find themselves doing, time is likely one of your most valuable assets being it is a non-renewable resource so therefore you’ll want to use it wisely! Fortunately the internet has made available some of the most cutting-edge tools you can find to help you be more productive which is something that would be of great benefit to any internet entrepreneur!
If getting more done in a shorter period of time is something of interest to you whether you’re a business owner, blogger or both, than here are 10 tools that will definitely help you to be more productive!

 

Are you looking for ways to get more done and in less time regardless of whether you blog or run a web-based business? Work efficiency and time management are two things every internet entrepreneur needs to master if they want to be successful and fortunately there are tools and software found online that can and will help anybody be more productive! The above video from our friends over at iHow Tutorials feature 10 tools in particular that will help you boost your productivity and therefore better manage your time which is something any blogger or business owner wants and needs to achieve any degree of success! One final note is that these tools are NOT a guarantee that you’ll be more productive, nor are they intended to be a substitute for your own efforts, but when used the way they were designed to be used, you’ll find you get a lot more done and in less time!

Learn to Stop Procrastinating By Understanding Why You Do!

Learn to Stop Procrastinating By Understanding Why You Do!

A very big key to having a fuller life is to stop procrastinating whenever you have a decision to make or a project to undertake! Is constantly putting things off holding you back from being more productive or simply enjoying the peace of mind you experience knowing you’ve successfully accomplished a task, completed a project or overcome a challenge? Well you are not alone because procrastination is a common obstacle many face and if not addressed it will continue holding you back from accomplishing more or living with a strong sense of satisfaction! When working online this is especially true because internet marketing is a fast paced business that allows nobody the time to rest on their laurels!

Let’s have a look at why we tend to put things off and what we can do to correct or even eliminate this nasty habit thus enabling ourselves to get more done and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with being productive with our time!

Why do we Procrastinate?

How do I get over my habit of procrastinating? is among the very top questions on Quora, “a question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users#.” When we …

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Of course we all like to feel we’re productive and possess a take charge attitude but sometimes self-perception can differ (dramatically) from reality! Many may think they are NOT guilty of chronically putting things off and this denial can only lead to reinforcing bad habits and missed opportunities… are you one of them? Take the short test below to see if you’re a habitual procrastinator that could benefit from some of the suggestions offered above!

 

Learning how to stop procrastinating first comes with identifying that you are indeed guilty of continuously putting things off which is holding you back from being more productive! Many suffer from a false perception of themselves in terms of how well they use their time or tackle any challenges they encounter! This only succeeds in giving you a false sense of security that you’re doing what it takes to get more done in your busy life or perhaps your internet business! The discussion(s) above focus on why we tend to procrastinate as well as a short test you can take to see if you too are also guilty of this non-productive and time wasting habit! In most cases we ALL can benefit from the tips and suggestions offered above to help us get more done, consistently, no matter how unattractive or challenging any tasks or project may be so get off your hind-quarters and just do it, whatever it may be!