Staying Productive Takes More Than Just Discipline

Being productive allows you to accomplish tasks and reap the rewards in the end. Productivity is one of the keys to becoming successful in your professional and personal life, and it requires discipline, focus, and efforts to sustain it. But did you know that staying productive involves embracing healthy habits and kicking bad ones? It might be easier said than done. However, if you are aware of what you need to get rid off in the way you think and do, then you have a greater chance to succeed in life. You’re also better prepared to face challenges that will be thrown your way. Therefore, start realizing the habits are that can derail your productivity. In case you haven’t got a clue what they are, we’ve spelled them out for you.

“All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you.”  – Zig Ziglar

Not learning.

Computer Keyboard e-Learning Concept.We were taught to walk, talk, eat, clean, and dress up when we were little. We didn’t just wake up one day to start doing these activities; we learned how to. The same principle applies now that we’re all grown up—we do what we do because we make decisions to learn things. To stay productive, we need to continue with our quest for new information and acquiring more skills.


Being complacent.

Having a constant thirst for knowledge makes us dynamic individuals. The silent enemy of productivity is complacency. If you can’t seem to level up to become more successful in your career or even relationship, just know that the latter is winning. Something appears to be amiss, but you just can’t put your finger on it. In all likelihood, you’re too enveloped in your comfort zone that you’re afraid to take chances to see what more you can do. You’re satisfied with the status quo, but deep down, there’s that nagging thought that you can still push further.

Letting frustration get in the way.

Perhaps one reason for not trying to exert more efforts is that you are afraid of failure.  Maybe you have been disappointed many times when things failed to go your way. It’s quite reasonable for you to get frustrated once in a while, but that should not prevent you from moving on and learning from the experience. Frustration hampers productivity and your momentum to carry on. However, if you could just turn that negative feeling into something positive, then all would be well in no time. Learn from the experience and don’t be afraid to look at your other options so that you can proceed to your next task or objective.

Devoting more time to social networks.

Being active in social media keeps you in touch with your family, friends, and acquaintances. You also learn new things. However, you need to allot a particular time for social media, as being too engrossed in it is counterproductive. The time you spend on the network should also be very limited, to say the least, because once you start on it, it may be hard to let go. Be sure to spend your social network activity during your downtime and train yourself to stick to a time limit.

Staying inactive

Living a sedentary life is another way of stifling your productivity. You need to exercise regularly to stay in shape and feel more energetic. Spend at least 20-30 minutes a day to flex those muscles and bring up some sweat. If you want to take it a step further, get into yoga to work on both your body and your mind. The more energy you have, the higher your potential to stay productive.

Refusing to take advice

Hand writing What Do You Think with blue marker on transparent wipe board.

It may be hard to seek advice from people because of a combination of feelings — pride, insecurity, or fear of being rejected. As a result, you tend to figure things out for yourself. While there’s nothing wrong with being self-reliant, it is always better to seek help from others when needed, particularly about something that you have not experienced before. Don’t be afraid to ask the experts on the subject matter. Being able to look at more than one idea helps you evaluate situations better and make sounder decisions.

Too much focus on details

While there is nothing wrong with being attentive to details, do not put too much emphasis on these that you lose sight of the “big picture.” Every task has a purpose, and you have an objective in mind. Therefore,  pay more attention to what you’re aiming for than to the nitty-gritty of how you’ll do it.

Doing things at the same time.

Some people think that multi-tasking equals to being productive. That is not entirely true because when you do this, your focus and efforts are divided. One or all of the work that you’re doing may likely suffer regarding quantity and quality. People who have reached and maintained success all agree that you should focus and channel your efforts to one endeavor at a time to get optimum results. Do not spread yourself too thin.

Not being honest with yourself.

You have to face reality for what it is and make the most of any situation that you’re in.  Don’t run away from your issues and problems. Rather, start facing them and making a plan on how to deal with them head-on. It may be daunting at times, but some people can help you if you just keep an open mind about seeking advice and support.

Being with negative people.

You cannot avoid meeting or working with negative people. However,  you can do something about shielding yourself from their ‘bad vibes’ to avoid being infected by their pessimistic disposition. You can’t stay productive if you have people who have nothing but unfavorable things to say or those that do not offer much help when you need it. Steer clear of such people. Instead, hang around those whose attitude is the exact opposite.

Now that you have a long list of the habits that you should stop doing, keeping a tight rein on your productivity level would be much easier to do.

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