10 Reasons you’re not as productive as you can be and how to fix them


Do you ever feel that you have spend too much time by sitting on the same chair and you are trying to spend your assigned task but unable to finish the task even it is so simple and takes less time on other days?

If this situation touches you, then I must say that you are not as productive as you can be. If you’re having any difficulty getting your things done in the given time frame or you are taking much time than it should be done, one or more of these factors likely apply:

Here are top 10 Reasons you’re not as productive

While starting any task, you should first make plan for that task. Line by line or point by point, draw a chart for the task. It will help you in understand the whole task and the requirements to complete the task. Usually, we forget to do that and become less productive. There are several factors/reasons responsible for low productivity but we will discuss only top 10 reasons you are not as productive as you can. Keep a close eye to read and understand them.

1. You hate what you’re doing

This is the first reason you are not as productive as you can. If you have what you are doing then you will not keep concentrate on the task. If you will not concentrate, you will not complete it. And the result is that your productivity will go down.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Start finding you purpose of life
  • Always indulge in activities you like
  • Stay away from negative thinkers
  • Start meditation to increase focus
  • Take help from others when in need
  • Use laughing therapy to feel stress free
  • Take a short/long break to change your mind

2. You get distracted easily

Distraction can be caused by physical, emotional or mental factors. Sometimes, it is seen that people with less or no concentration get distracted easily while working on any task. The reason behind this is they are either doing multitasking or procrastinating a lot to perform better. But the effect of multitasking is worst they face.

Physical Distraction
  • Physical reasons for distraction can be hormonal imbalance, vitamin B deficiency, lack of exercise, lack of sleep or disrupted sleep, too much caffeine or sugar, dehydration or an imbalanced diet.
Emotional Distraction
  • It happens when you have too much to worry about or think over. Think of your brain like an office. If you have too much on your mind it looks like a desk piled with papers.
Mental distraction
  • It happens when your brain is out of shape. Think of your brain like a muscle. When we don’t use it we lose it. Mental distraction can be see while watching TV or playing Video Game.

How to fix these to stay productive in every task?

  • Stop multitasking to stay productive
  • Don’t procrastinate your tasks
  • Always try to complete the ongoing task first
  • Don’t watch TV or play video games frequently
  • Eat healthy foods, limiting your caffeine and sugar
  • Practice meditation for at least 1 minute daily

3. You do not set priorities

You remain less productive if you do not set priorities in your life. This is often seen that people with no priorities set have a stressful living standard of life without direction. If you don’t know where to go, you will wander here and there just to find your destination without knowing exact location or address. Your priorities make you feel smart if you set them according to their level of importance. There are 3 types of Priorities one should have to deal with.

Personal Priorities to stay productive
  • You should first set your personal priorities including your family to stay productive in your tasks.
  • Take a pen, take a paper and write down the things that you wanna do, now highlight 5 or 3 most important things that you really, really wanna do, no matter what. The rest of the things that you see, the ones that you have not highlighted are the things that keep you away from doing important things.
  • Your health is also a personal priority and you should not ignore if you really want to increase your productivity. Everything comes second than your health.
Social Priorities to stay productive
  • Social priorities also play an important role in your productivity and your should not ignore that. Always keep in mind that your social circle is the path to your success or failure. Make it strong but it should have some boundaries set so that your personal growth should not bother. Your social priorities should include the following. Take care of these while setting your social priorities to stay productive.
    • Social media
    • Friends asking for favor
    • Other social activities
Business or work Priorities to stay productive
  • Like other priorities, your business priority also affects your productivity and your should treat this equally.

How to fix these to stay productive in every task?

  • Make a list of your work priorities to attend.
  • Don’t interfere your work or business priorities with your personal or social priorities.
  • Give attention to business or work priorities to stay productive

4. You have lack of planning

This is another reason you are not productive as you can. If you have lack of planning, your ongoing task will not be completed in the given time frame. And your productivity will go down and so your performance.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Crete a To-do list
  • Make a plan of execution
  • Write its cons and pron
  • Make a list of the contributors

“Proper planning is the backbone to increase the productivity.” – WittyWinks

Proper planning is the backbone to increase the productivity5. You have an unhealthy lifestyle

If you are living an unhealthy lifestyle, I must say that you are not as productive as you can. This is because a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. The meaning of an unhealthy lifestyle is more illness and more expense to treat those illnesses and so more stressful life. Poor health also means more time lost at work, less quality recreational time, and even shorter lifespan.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Identify the habits you want to change
  • Choose something to replace the unhealthy habit
  • Look at what you are getting out of it
  • Visualize yourself changing
  • Monitor your negative self-talk

6. You have not set any goals

If you have not set any goals then you will not be as productive as you can. This seems like running without knowing where to stop. The problem is, you don’t have any ambitious goals. You don’t have any goals at all or you are not sure what you want from life. If you feel same situation, let me tell you frankly, you are missing something. Setting goals is the basic sense.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Always set your goals
  • Break bigger goals in smaller goals
  • Appreciate each milestone your cross

7. You have set unrealistic goal

Sometimes we fail in achieving our goals and the main reason behind this failure is that we have set unrealistic goal. You can define an unrealistic goal like when the goal is something that requires more energy, skills, talents, and time than you have available in order to achieve it. Every goal has its limits or boundaries to complete. If you try to cross these limits, you may fail in your efforts. That is called unrealistic goal(s).

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Focus your goals
  • Set crystal clear goals
  • Set realistic or achievable goals
  • Ensure certainty to achieve goals

8. You don’t have a deadline

Another root cause to your low productivity is you don’t have a deadline set for your goals to achieve. This will create procrastinating while working towards your goals. And if you are procrastinating, you’re not as productive as you can be. By setting any deadline for your goals, you cross the half milestone. This is because, setting deadline for any specific goal boost your energy and the willpower to complete the task in the give time frame.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • First of all, set a clear goal(s)
  • Set any deadline to complete the goal(s)
  • Check your goal progress
  • Change the plan or strategy for the goal if not seen any progress

9. Your time management is poor

You are not achieving your goals on time or getting failure again and again if your time management is poor or not effective. If your time management is poor, you are going to be a less productive than others. Because you will not achieve your assigned goal in the given time frame. This will make you feel stressed and worried about your future and you will live a stressful life. You’ll miss your deadlines set for any goal. If your time management is poor, you are not as productive as you can.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Make a to-do list with time frame for each task
  • Set time limit for each task and try to accomplish that
  • Do not multitask to save time, it will waste your time and productivity

10. You are trying to do everything in small time frame

The main reason of your low productivity is that you are trying to do everything in small time frame without focusing on the important task or goal. Trying to do everything cause a lack of focus and so less productive than a focused task.

“Low productivity is the basic cause of stress.” -WittyWinks

Low productivity is the basic cause of stress.

How to fix this to stay productive in every task?

  • Stop trying to do everything
  • Focus on the important tasks or goal(s)
  • Make a list of important tasks or goal(s)
  • Set deadlines for each goal and stick on that
  • Start delegating task with low impact on your productivity

These are top 10 reasons you are not as productive as you can. But you can fix each reason by following the steps mentioned with each reason of low productivity.

I hope this bite-sized information is worth to read. If you think so, please share with your family and friends to increase their productivity.

Thanks for reading…

 


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