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8 Habits That Destroy Productivity

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Do you want to be productive but fear you’re a victim of habits that destroy productivity? For all those go-getters out there, find a way to reduce or rid yourself of these time-consuming and seemingly useless habits:

Eating Out

Eating out is expensive, unhealthy and time-consuming. Nuff said.

Social Media

This may seem a bit hypocritical since I’m CONSTANTLY on twitter and pinterest for my blog, but nonetheless social media has a way of sucking you in so that instead of the quick check-in you were intending, you spend hours looking at random videos and taking pointless buzz feed articles about which type of potato you are.

Snooze Button

Hitting the snooze button is the ambitious persons biggest ally. Not for themselves but because it keeps millions of people in bed every day while they are up being productive and creating something new. If you want to succeed, find a way to get the right amount of sleep each night and wake up when your alarm goes off.

Not Setting Frequent Goals

Effective people are goal-oriented and succeed through setting frequent milestones that forge a path towards their end goal. Whether it’s starting a company or taking care of all the little things at home on a Sunday, setting goals will help guarantee you get things done.

Ignorance

It’s okay to admit that you don’t know something. Just don’t let yourself continue that ignorance on a topic that affects you.  If you don’t educate yourself you’ll prescribe to groupthink and that’s dangerous.

Not Reading

Going along with ignorance, the most successful people are constantly reading. Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Warren Buffett – they read every day. Reading opens your mind to new possibilities and expands your ability to process complex topics.

Bar Time

Going out for a drink is a lot of fun or it can drain you of potential resources for productivity. Loss of valuable, quality sleep. Waste of hard-earned money. Going out too often can derail your path to financial freedom or prevent you from being as productive as you could have been.

TV

There’s nothing wrong with watching your favorite TV show or streaming a movie on Netflix. There is something wrong with constantly being a couch potato and doing nothing in your life outside of working but watching endless amounts of shows.

 

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Are you guilty of these? Do you find that reducing how often you do these increases productivity?

-My Strategic Dollar

Comments 26

  1. In the last 6 months, we’ve improved in virtually all of these and it’s made a huge difference. We’ve set agressive goals for our finances as well as blogging, and check in frequently. It seems like we go to bed and wake up earlier each week. We still might watch an episode of a TV show on DVR after all blog business has been taken care of for the day, but overall we’re living a much more productive life. Great advice!

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      Great work! Each of these is a constant work in progress for me. But recognizing you have problems in these areas is the first step.

  2. One of my big goals was to cut down on my smartphone time and was doing great until I started promoting my blog. Now I’m constantly on Twitter and commenting on other blogs and replying to comments. I had to change the goal to use my phone for producing 90% of the time and 10% for consuming.

    I would add number 9 not working out and eating crap.

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      I totally agree! I barely spend any time on social media except for blog promoting! Funny how that works…

  3. Great list! I’m guilty of eating out, social media, and ignorance.

    Mr. FAF and I eat out maybe once a week, but I wish that we didn’t eat out at all. I’ve been obsessed with Youtube and Facebook. After I started my blog, I’ve added Twitter to the list! >.< I'm learning about Pinterest, but sometimes I just want to ignore it altogether *sigh*

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      Yeah I eat out more than I prefer (which is never) but otherwise, my costs for food are pretty low.

      Yeah Pinterest is in an entire other world… *rolls eyes*

  4. Ugh, the snooze button is my biggest productivity killer for sure. I don’t have to be up at any particular time for my job (which I am extremely thankful for!) but it does make those lie ins a little too frequent!

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      oh so true! I use to have the charger stand for my iphone and apple watch on my night stand right next to my bed. I decided to move it across the room. This requires me to get up to off my alarm and since then I haven’t really had a problem with it. I get up, turn it off and start my day.

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  6. MSD –

    Great 8 tips. Social Media = HUGE Killer; the snooze button is also there – 15 minutes can lead to 2 hours in a heart beat. Further – not setting objectives for your day can lead to a waste of time – similar to your frequent goals. Love the list and always a nice thing to resort back to.

    -Lanny

  7. In terms of time wasted, I don’t like to eat out but I don’t want to give up good food (it’s my only spoil!) so we end up paying for delivery. We think the effort and time saved from going out is worth it as long as me and my husband can be productive with the time. Other than that, margins are pretty slim here.

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      Interesting! I’ve never been one to have food delivered but mainly because I don’t feel like it tastes the same or something…hmm. But yes, I can see the value in time that delivery may provide!

  8. Guilty of Netflix and HGTV here! I recently cancelled Netflix and then my kid figured out how to restart it again, LOL. Now I’m thinking about setting specific time to watch and for HGTV figure out which show I like the best and only watch that.

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      Good idea! I try to only subscribe to one service at a time. So, I’ll hop around between Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, HBO, etc…that way I’m paying no more than $15 a month. Plus I focus on shows that are on that platform so I’m not watching a crazy amount of TV at a time.

  9. Great post Lance! These are so true!! I used to have so many of these bad habits, particularly TV and snoozing. I could literally snooze 6x through an entire hour. I also had a terrible habit of marathoning shows continuously on Netflix. Starting my blog was the best thing I’ve done because since then, I’ve become a morning person and blogging has become the productive thing I love that always puts Netflix on the backburner!

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      Love it! Trying putting your phone across the room at night so you have to get up to turn your alarm off. Or I suppose you could get one of those alarm matts you have to stand on to turn off! LOL too extreme?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. You are so right. Social media has stolen a great deal of my time. It sucks up time so much. And TV recently.

    Here’s what I have decided to start doing…. Turn off my notifications and disconnect my data subscription.

    One more thing I normally do is to focus on one thing at a time. Since I became more passionate about my blog, my interest on it doubled.

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      Great approach! I don’t allow my phone to receive email unless I’m on wifi and I go fetch it. That’s helped immensely with managing my data but also the amount of time I spend on my phone. I also try not to by on my phone when I’m at home at night…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I like that you put the word “Frequent” in “Not Setting Frequent Goals.” I know that setting goals really motivates me, but sometimes I go months without re-evaluating my goals because I feel like I just went over them. It’s definitely important to re-evaluate them often though. Whether your situation changes or you learn a better way to do something – a lot can change even in just one month!

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      So true! I generally take a look at things every month or so and sometimes I feel off from my original goal or I’ve made more progress than I thought so I adjust.

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