If you've ever felt like it's becoming increasingly difficult to have a productive workday, you aren't alone. With so many events like coronavirus and the effects it is having on our lives, as well as getting used to a new kind of work environment, everything may feel like it's in flux. However, there are a few things that we tend to do on a regular basis that may be contributing to our disruptive workdays.
Fortunately, these actions and habits can be changed once we recognize them. Acknowledging if and when we do them can help us take notice of how they affect our work. Here are a few habits that may be sabotaging your work and productivity.
You may not realize how often you pick up your phone throughout the day. Even if you are using it for work-related activities, there's a good chance you get slightly distracted by it. The best thing to do is to keep it on silent and put it away or out of reach as you work.
Running late can cause unnecessary stress and keep other shifts over their allotted amount of time on the clock. It can make you careless and prone to accidents when you are expected to be somewhere by a certain time and are running late. Try to prepare as much as you can the night before, so the following morning runs smoothly.
Saying "yes" to too many people.
If you have a hard time saying no to people, you aren't alone. However, it's important to recognize if you are being take advantage of and/or when saying yes is only going to make things worse for you. You are allowed to say that your plate is full.
Try making a daily to-do list that you can visibly check and reference. If you have a hard time saying no, having a long list may give them pause or at least give you a reinforcement that shows you've got enough already for the day. If you're working remotely, you can add tasks to a task manager.
Having an uncomfortable work environment.
This isn't a habit per se, but it is something that can be worked on. If you have a messy desk or work area, chances are you're not going to be working to your full potential. If you can, invest in clearing and organizing your area as well as having comfortable seating. Avoid eating meals at your desk if you can.
Not getting enough sleep.
This needs no introduction. If you aren't getting enough sleep, work on activities that will help you relax before bed. Find what works best for you and start implementing it.
If you are working from home, try to get up every day and get dressed as if you were going to work. Dressing the part can make you feel more connected to your work and into getting it done quickly.
Checking the news too often.
While it's good to be informed, it's also good to recognize when you're checking in too often. It can start to wear you down. Set limits to when you can check, perhaps once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
Sticking to your comfort zone.
Sometimes we don't realize how much of a comfort zone we are in until we have a major life change. Ask yourself how you really feel about your job and whether or not there is room for growth. You don't have to leave your job but you may consider asking for more challenges or volunteer for projects that will push you and you feel you might learn from.
Paying too much attention to other people.
Whether you're looking for acceptance, seeking reassurance and validation, or maybe even jealous of your coworkers and bosses, focusing your attention on their view of you will never leave you satisfied. Yes, it's good to have a connection with your colleagues. But if it's preventing you from being yourself, it may be time to reevaluate.
Doubting yourself can be tough to break out of but there are a few things you can do to build your confidence up. For instance, make a list of things you need to do each day. Then at the end of the day, look at what you can cross off. Think of everything you have accomplished, even if its something small.
Overall, don't be too hard on yourself. Ask for an evaluation and look at the work you are doing. Consider what you might do that will challenge you but also help you learn.