12 Unproductive Habits That Successful People Avoid

Giving yourself too much work

When it comes to work, successful people know their own limits. Even though they have a good work ethic they will never allow themselves to be overwhelmed with work and commitments in short periods of time.

Every person has a limit and you should always be aware of your own limit.

Technology Distractions

We are slaves to our electronic devices. We use them every day at any given part of the day, for recreation, relaxing, even for work.

Successful people use them also; however they don’t waste their time on social media or something unproductive. Technology should be used responsibly and smart.

Being Without a Plan

If you do not have a plan, they you are likely to fail. Instead of thinking what you should do, use that time to focus and plan for the future.

It doesn’t have to be a distant future and not every detail has to be planned, but a simple ‘to-do’ list for the following week is enough.

Not Being Focused

Often changing your priorities is not a good idea. You should always be aware of the first, second and third thing at any time of the day.

Try to remain focused on the things that truly matter or matter to you and don’t create any unnecessary chaos in your life.

Working Too Late

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid your responsibilities at work, but the time you spend on yourself. Even though you might be working too late from time to time, it shouldn’t become an everyday, or rather night, habit.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial and of utmost importance in order to be productive the following day.

Don’t Leave Things Unfinished

Successful people always finish what they start. Philip Stanhope, a British salesman in the 18th century told his son: “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.

No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.”

Poor Listening

Always pay attention and focus when people are sharing their opinions, thoughts and ideas with you. This will assist you in accumulating knowledge and the things you hear might sometimes be useful for you in your life.

Going It Alone

Stop spending time with people that make you feel too stressed especially if you are on a rush to complete a project that is on a deadline. This can also make you miss some different opportunities.

Resting On Your Laurels

If you don’t upgrade your skills and knowledge and continue to do so all the time, then you can’t expect to achieve great things. Your brain is in a constant need to learn something new in order to increase your limitations, so present a new challenge for your brain every day.

Pointless Meetings

Successful people are often great leaders and they never speak unless it is something important they have to say. Also, they never organize or attend long and boring meetings, especially if they aren’t informative or productive in any way.

Not Being Organized

This doesn’t imply than you should always be tidy and neat or have a clean desk, rather to have your thoughts in order. Don’t waste your time doing one task after another, but try to find a method to organize your time and tasks in order to be more focused and overall more productive.

Don’t Allow Unnecessary Interruptions

No one likes when they are interrupted during work, unless it is an emergency. If you allow yourself to be disturbed by even the smallest attraction, they you will never be productive.

Instead, try to focus your mind on the task at hand and get it done faster. Studies have shown that once you are disrupted your brain takes about 25 minutes to refocus on the task again.

Learn how to say no to your colleagues and tell people in advance not to disturb you for the next couple of hours.

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