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7 Bad Life Habits That Are Making You Less Productive At Work

 May 28, 2022

By  BC Editorial Team

If you are doing one or most of these seven bad life habits, keep reading. Because they may be the reason why you are less productive at work. It’s important that you nip these in the bud and do something to where you are more productive and able to get stuff done fast.

It’s always a good idea to consider what you do on a regular basis before, during, or after work. Because the habits you perform daily could be killing your productivity. You’ll feel unmotivated and you’ll procrastinate a lot.

Once you are able to identify these bad life habits, you may ask yourself if you do them. Be honest in your assessment. With that said, let’s dive into the list and talk about why they are bad habits that need the heave-ho as soon as possible.

Hitting the snooze button

While the snooze button gives you extra minutes to sleep, using it will be a bad habit. It will show that you won’t want to get up at the desired bedtime. Each time you hit the button and go back to sleep, you are slowing down the process of waking up and becoming more alert.

Every nine minutes, the alarm will go off when you snooze. That’s not enough time if you are trying to get more rest. Instead of using the ‘snooze’, just get up and shut off your alarm.

By the time you do, it’ll be time to have your morning coffee, get dressed, and head out the door. Better than wanting to stay in bed all day, right?

Putting work over sleep

We’re not saying that sleep is a bad thing. You need it. However, ditching it for working late is also a bad habit.

You need anywhere between 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. That will be enough for your brain to fully operate on a productive day. A lack of sleep can not only cause productivity issues, but also you’ll have a tougher time solving problems when the situations arise.

With that said, there’s a time for work and a time for sleep. You’ll want to stick to those schedules. Don’t allow one to overlap the other.

Substance use

Substances can really hurt your productivity. If you use it to cope with stress or something else, it will cause your work performance to plummet. You may even lose time with work because you’ve called out sick (when you were really hungover).

You may place your addiction as more important over work. If you are struggling with any kind of substance abuse, you’re not alone. It’s important that you consider substance abuse treatment services that will help.

Alcohol and drugs may also be used in the workplace and it will go against company policy. If caught, you may face severe punishments including termination. If you are dealing with substance abuse problems, you can talk to an employer about it and they may be able to help you find the assistance you need.

They know that you may be struggling with something outside of work that may cause your addiction. But don’t count them out in knowing someone who can help you treat yourself for addiction issues.   

Multi-tasking

Believe it or not, multi-tasking is not the best thing to do when you are trying to be productive. You’ll want to take things one at a time so you can be able to get the job done. It’s best to plan, prioritize, and get it done.

Because if you try to do everything at once, it will really add on the stress. A small percentage of the population can successfully multitask. More specific, two percent of the world can only do that.

You may fall right into the 98 percent and that’s fine. Regardless, you should just focus on one task so you have your undivided attention. The sooner you get that one task done, the better.

Checking your email

There’s a time to check your email (and a time when you don’t). It’s important that you check your email every morning before you get work done. Sure, you may need to keep the email app open in case your boss may message you.

However, incessantly checking it and exchanging messages back and forth may cause a loss of productivity. How much time? About 25 minutes in total.

So with that in mind, you’ll want to cut down on email app use. Employers should send important emails to employees (if such communication is used) during the appropriate times and not so much throughout the day.

Web browsing

Like checking your email, there’s a time and place for web browsing. At work isn’t a wise idea (albeit impulsively). So you’ll want to do this on your breaks whenever you need to look something up.

Make a note of what you want to show your co-worker or that article you’ve been meaning to read later. That way, when the time comes, you can look it up without being on company time.

Procrastination

Ah yes. Procrastination can be a productivity killer. You’ll be doing something that you think is more important, but ignore the tasks that need to get done.

So instead of procrastinating and putting things off, get it done as soon as you can. When you do, you’ll be able to use your time to do whatever you like doing. Until then, knock out the tasks and call it good.

Final Thoughts

These seven life habits are bad enough to kill any productivity. So it’s important that you cut these out as soon as possible. It may be a challenge at first, but it will be worth it.

When you start to notice changes, your levels of productivity will increase. Before you know it, you get the priority tasks knocked out and you’ll perform much better at work. Don’t wait (or procrastinate), get it done now and your future self will thank you. 

BC Editorial Team


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