10 Ways to Minimize Productivity

10 ways to minimize productivity

Many people want to maximize their productivity but appear to struggle to do so. before we can improve our productivity we have to understand what we are doing, (albeit inadvertently in most cases) that causes us to minimize productivity.

Go on be honest which one(s) of the following are you guilty of?

  1. Multitasking – Work on one task at a time and give it your full attention. When you multitask, you don’t give any task the attention it deserves.

  2. Going Solo – You can’t do everything yourself and you shouldn’t try. Instead, delegate and outsource whatever tasks you can so you can focus on the most important things you need to do.

  3. Being Too Helpful – Of course you want to help people, but too many requests can destroy your productivity. Learn to say no.

  4. Being Too Available – You want to be reachable, but there’s a time to turn the notifications off. When you’re busy on a task that requires focus, turn off all communications.

  5. Procrastination – Don’t put things off until later, no matter what excuses you can come up with. If you feel the urge to procrastinate, it means you need to perform the task now.

  6. Too Much To Do – Don’t overload your to-do list with unnecessary items. Keep it down to only what really needs to be done today.

  7. Cutting Back on Sleep – Don’t sleep less thinking it’ll give you more time to work, and thus make you more productive. Good sleep is essential for maintaining focus, so make sure you’re getting enough.

  8. Constant Email Checking – Don’t constantly check your email throughout the day. Set aside certain times for checking email and replying. The same goes for social media.

  9. Working Too Long – Make sure you take plenty of breaks and get away from your workspace. You’ll come back to work refreshed with renewed focus.

  10. No Leisure Time – With all you have to do, don’t skimp on the leisure time. You need to relax, unwind and enjoy the things you like doing. Make sure you have some leisure time in each day.

Do you inadvertently fall foul of any of the above, in my next post we will identify 10 ways to maximise productivity.

Ps – If you have found these tips useful you may like to consider joining my Facebook Group, The Time Management Academy. The group has over three hundred members who along with myself, are dedicated to sharing skills, techniques and resources in order to significantly benefit you in your journey to have more control of their time and a more balanced life.

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Till Next Time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor


Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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