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10 habits you should quit to be more productive in 2017

Reprogram yourself for the New Year

Habits are things we do unconsciously or with extremely little effort. But forming good habits and breaking the bad ones needs focus. Rewards are the most important when it comes to freeing ourselves from bad habits. We need to think how wonderful it will be to be free from the tyranny of doing something repeatedly we must not do.

Some people never pay attention to what they are doing, so in this ignorance they form bad habits. But God has created us in an amazing manner that enables us to become good people by doing things which are best. With New Year approaching, it is time for us to reprogram ourselves. Our subconscious mind is powerful so the more we do good things repeatedly, the more our mind will het entrenched to those habits.

Following are the habits we must break for becoming more productive in 2017.

Impulsive web browsing:

With easy access to internet, it seems easy to jump onto Google for searching the questions that comes into our mind. We waste a lot of time in searching for things that do not have any purpose. Therefore it’s better to first write down everything on a piece of paper, read it and then search for anything that is meaningful.

Email:

Whenever we check our emails, we waste almost 25 minutes of our daily work time. To avoid this in future, keep your inbox closed and your phone away on the 30-minute increments.

Procrastination:

Change your habit of dragging important projects and complete them at the beginning of the day. Energy levels are highest at the start of the day but decline as the time passes on. If you place important task for the end, it means they will never get finished.

Too many meetings:

Most of the meetings are unnecessary and waste a lot of time. Until and unless there is a dire need to meet in person or an extremely important meeting to attend, avoid getting involved in general meet ups.

Arrange walking meetings:

Sitting for longer hours is not good for health so arrange for meetings while you walk. Instead of coffee room conferences, walking meetings can help you to be more efficient without losing on your health.

Snooze Button:

It is good to have fixed timings for your sleep if you stick to them every day. Sleeping and awakening at reasonable hours can have amazing effects on your working efficiency.

Over-planning:

Planning every hour of a day is of no use especially when an unexpected event happens. Therefore always plan four to five hours of a work day so that you can have free time once important projects are done.

Under-Planning:

For long term goals, the key is to plan your end goal. It is of no use to come up with the endgame when you are half way through a project. It just wastes times and creates frustration.

Phone:

Phones are far more important for working people than those who stay at home. That is the reason we see most professionals clinging to their phone all day. But keeping phones at the bed side is not a good idea. The blue light from the phone stops you from sleeping and severely damages your vision.

Perfectionism:

It is not wise to run after perfectionism so start off with projects without dwelling in to the details. It will help you get started much faster.

Via: Business Insider

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