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Could these habits be killing your productivity?

Posted on 11/05/2016 by
Being productive is what will get you through your assignments when studying from home, so it's important to be aware of things that kill your focus.

Being productive is what will get you through your assignments when studying from home, so it’s important to be aware of things that kill your focus.

When it comes to studying from home, productivity is the one thing that will get all your tasks completed on time – that, and caffeine!

That’s why it’s important to always be aware of things that can kill your productivity. Many of us have ‘productivity killers’ in common – here are a few of them and what you can do to stop them from stopping you.

Trying to do too much

Everyone knows a to-do list is a great way to move through your workload, so it’s a good feeling when you write one and see all the things you’re going to tick off. For that reason, it’s tempting to write a to-do list that has far, far too much on it. However this can actually have a negative impact on your productivity. Instead of feeling motivated to do the work, you might feel overwhelmed or exhausted. The trick is to push yourself to work hard, but still be realistic. You will need to allow time for breaks, meals, and one or two distractions.

Working on X, Y and Z

You know you have a lot to do, so won’t it save time to do it all at once? Perhaps you cook yourself lunch while reading over important notes and coming up with new ideas for a project on the side? Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking isn’t great for your brain. By tackling multiple tasks at once, your brain will switch from one to the other, which means you won’t be focusing on any one of them in the way you should (cue a burnt lunch, forgotten notes and lacklustre ideas). Do one after the other to give each task your full attention – it will take a little longer, but the results will be much stronger.

Only aiming for perfection

Aiming for perfection is an honorable goal, but you need to keep in mind that the effort is not always worth the time, as it can mean that your other projects suffer. Naturally, you should still aim for high-quality work, but once you’re satisfied that you’ve done a good job, move on to the next task so you can do a good job on that too rather than rushing it. Save striving for perfection for when you have the time to invest everything you’ve got into a single task. It’s better to consistently pass all of your assignments than do fabulously on one and fail the other.

What kills your productivity? Do you have any tips or tricks that help you stay focused? Share in the comments below.

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