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Seven Surefire Ways To Diminish Your Productivity
During the course of the day there are several actions that may occur that are sure to reduce your level of productivity. If you are one who is seeking minimal performance levels than leave things how they are or incorporate a few of these into your routine. If you are seeking to maximize your performance and improve your own productivity then reducing these said activities is a step in the right direction.
Consumption by Email
Anyone with an email account knows that there are many emails that are received throughout the day. Emails will occasionally contain valuable content that may help your day run smoothly. Chances are good that the email you are receiving is just junk mail. Even if you just delete it without looking at it, there is still time that is consumed. Rather than checking every few minutes, consider checking once or twice a day at a certain time.
Undo the Clutter Cyclone
There is no such thing as an organized mess. Keeping your work area clean and organized will help in finding needed items more efficiently. When your mind is focusing on the time it will take to clean up an area, you are being counter-productive. Filing papers where they belong in conjunction with keeping supplies and other materials in order will enhance your efficiency levels.
Who Needs Ergonomics Anyway?
Decreasing your productivity is as simple as not sitting right in your chair or keeping things out of reasonable reach. By over-extending your body and avoiding the discomfort of proper posture, you can waste countless time and become disengaged from your work activities.
Multitasking to Save Time and Reduce Quality
In many work environments today, multitasking is a required talent. Did you know that by doing two or more things simultaneously you are actually losing quality in some areas? Focus will be directed toward the major activity, and the other juggled items can lose their luster from inattentiveness. To multitask effectively requires concentration and a great deal of discipline.
Why Wasn’t I Notified?
One certain way to reduce productivity is to set up an alert for any time something of minor significance occurs. If you have ever used a social media site you are familiar with the constant alerts that you receive when Jenny decides to go to the mall or Jeff just caught a huge fish. The constant notifications will keep you busy not being busy.
The Attraction of Social Butterflies
Surely you have had instances where you are trying to complete something, but your co-workers or neighbors stop by to visit. If you want to be less productive, encourage these brief encounters. The more time you spend with friends, the less time you will have to be productive.
To Do or Not To Do?
That is the question of the day. One of the ways to eliminate your productivity is to create a To Do list that is nearly impossible to complete. Fill your day up with so many tasks that you won’t know where to start or how to tackle it. You will spend your day trying to figure it out, and then you will have to put it off to the next day.