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Six habits that could be dampening your productivity

Productivity is the key to success.

We’ve all heard about how important productivity is, but what are the habits that could be slowing you down? Here are some tips to help you get things done:

1. Get the biggest tasks on your to-do list done immediately

Being a student is stressful, you’ve probably got a to-do list that is so long it’s starting to scare you—welcome to university! Being on the verge of a nervous breakdown is something that you’ll experience as a student, and you’ll find that motivation can be hard to come by during those stressful times. While procrastinating can be the easy thing to do, it will wreck havoc once deadlines start approaching. Get out your to-do list and get the laborious tasks out of the way.

2. Stop multitasking

We’re all guilty of trying to do too much at once, whether that’s eating lunch whilst watching an episode of Love Island at work, chatting with a friend on FaceTime while sorting out some laundry or even finishing off a late night assignment while watching TV. The temptation to take on a myriad of tasks simultaneously is a feat that many of us attempt to tackle. Multitasking can slow your work down, stress you out, and it can prevent you from being fully invested in each task. Cut down on the multitasking and focus each task with your full attention.

3. Embrace your imperfections 

‘Done is better than perfect’. Since none of us can ever attain perfection it’s important to realise how time-consuming—and at times futile—it is to place perfection as a necessity for every task. Get your task done and move on. If you have time and you’re aching to hunker down on the smaller details then do so, but don’t let it kill your productivity.

4. It’s time to dig out your old school alarm clock and get some quality sleep

The multi-purpose utility that a mobile phone serves may seem practical, however, in the long run, it may not be the best thing for your sleeping pattern. Scrolling through endless Instagram feeds and catching up on the Love Island gossip on Twitter at 12 am is not the best idea. Get out your old alarm clock, put your phone away and get some quality sleep. Waking up fresh is vital for productivity.

5. It’s okay to say no

This tip sounds pretty simple, however, we all know that it’s often the simple tasks that always ends up being the hardest accomplish. Saying no is difficult unless you are clear on what your priorities are. Don’t overwork yourself and prioritise your work.

6. Get off social media

Leave Twitter, get off Instagram, abandon your social media platforms for a good twenty minutes and get some clarity. Get busy making a list of goals that you know you’re eager to accomplish. Figure out how you would approach any project and start to plan and brainstorm. Sometimes all we need is some clarity, quiet time and re-calibration.

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