The Worst Productivity Killers (And How To Avoid Them)
Introduction In a world full of distractions it can become a problem trying to sit down and place your focus on one thing. As I write this I can feel the distractions. The living-room television running, text message notifications going off, music playing, my mind wondering what tomorrow holds, and so on. The amount of distractions are endless in a world full of appealing content. With all these distractions it can be rather difficult to stay motivated and better yet, productive. We tend to become motivated and start becoming productive.....and then something comes along and kills our productivity. Whether it be that text message that breaks your heart or grabs your interest, the introduction to your favorite television show starts playing, you start getting tired, or your emotions go wild as your mind starts wandering, your productivity goes down the drain and your frustration goes through the roof. For those who are looking to improve your life, yet seem to get distracted or end up never falling though with your productivity, this is the article for you. In this article I will cover the WORST productivity killers and how you can avoid them in order to take your productivity to an entirely new level! Not Enjoying Your Work You have heard it plenty times before "choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life". When it comes to anything productive, it usually involves some sort of commitment to hard work. When you do not enjoy what you do, you begin to focus more on the difficulty of the work, and less on the big picture of what the end result is going to look like. The easiest way to ensure the death of productivity is to make yourself focus on the difficulty of it. It's not hard to be productive, but it is difficult to be productive when what you are wanting to accomplish involves what you are not willing to do consistently on a daily basis for a week, month, years, or even a lifetime. Learn to enjoy your work, or do something else productive that you actually enjoy (this is how I got into writing).
Not Taking A Break/Rest One of the easiest ways to burn out with absolutely anything is by not taking a break from time to time. I article write as my productive enjoyment. I absolutely love content writing! I use it as a form of expression and it is my passion. With that being said, I do not do it that frequently anymore. Why? Well, I burned out with it before and ended up finding balance. When I first started article writing I would write 3-5 articles a day EVERYDAY!!! I literally did nothing except content write and work out during a summer break. I ran out of ideas after a couple weeks and I would just sit at my computer screen frustrated for hours. I would start writing a topic and then lose interest in it entirely, leaving me to try and improvise the rest or just delete the article and try again (usually the latter). I started content writing only a few times a week, rather than everyday (multiple times a day). My time efficiency was better (took me less time to write longer articles) and my quality of writing drastically improved! Much like writing as I started my fitness journey I instantly fell inlove with weight lifting. In a sense it became an addiction. I started working out daily, then twice or even three times a day. I loved the rush, the pump, and the intensity. I eventually burned out and loss strength, loss muscle, lowered my immune system, and gathered a list of injuries. As I eventually learned to back off, my progress has been much better. What I learned through both productive hobbies was that in order to stay productive, you need to keep from burnout. In order to keep from burning out, you need to allow yourself to rest or take frequent breaks. This allows to keep your motivation, focus, quality of work, and enjoyment high. Sometimes taking a break seems very counterproductive, but in the whole scheme of things is another tool that will keep your productivity through the roof!
YOURSELF Emotions are the strongest part of our being. Emotions determine our strength in our faith, morals, and sense of purpose. Some can say our lives revolve around our emotions ("our heart") and how we emotionally react to the world around us. The last productivity killer is our own thoughts. We start working on our paper, our content writing, our work out, or whatever it is we are trying to do and then it hits. We begin to wonder about our life. You may start to wonder about you crush, maybe your family, your friends, your future career, or even just what you are eating later. We lose focus by shifting our attention from the task we need to perform, to our daily thoughts and concerns. When we cannot focus, we cannot execute quality work. We may still be eliciting productive actions, but our actions are at such a low quality that we are wasting energy. You would be better served taking a break, dealing with whatever it is you are wondering about, then getting back to the productive task when your focus is fully locked-in on the task at hand. You are your own worst enemy. Do not let your own mind keep you from the better life that you deserve.
Final Thoughts Being productive is not an easy task in a world full of fast paced distractions. Though there are distractions, this does not mean that we cannot still remain productive and improve our life one day at a time. Stay productive by avoiding these three productivity killers. Either finding something productive that you enjoy or learning to enjoy what you do is a way to keep your motivation high, even with difficult tasks. In order to stay productive you may need to become a little unproductive short term by taking a break, resting, then coming back to perform much higher quality work. Lastly, you are your own worst enemy. Keeping yourself focused and unattached emotionally while performing tasks is essential for keeping your productivity high. We usually blame television and our phones for the distractions, but without our own reason for watching/texting (escape, communication, boredom) there would be no point in them to begin with. Avoid these three worst productivity killers and you can avoid distraction, you can stay productive, and you can improve your life!