There are many productivity flaws that we all have and experience on a daily basis. Stuff like constantly getting distracted looking at screens and watching endless Netflix shows.

So there are the obvious ones, but what about the ones that you don’t really know about. The ones that you’re just doing without even thinking about it.

Being a perfectionist

This seems to apply to work more than anything else. You want to make things right, and perfect, all the time.

You end up constantly going over your work time and time again. Then ultimately never really getting the finished work out there.

The best thing you can do is set some sort of schedule or timeline to get whatever it is done to make that commitment. And make sure you stick to it.

This means you get more done and achieve what you really want to.

Take for example posting articles on your blog. Try to commit to at least one new article per week. And schedule for the following week so you’re always ahead.

This is a really simple way to make a commitment to yourself make yourself accountable. You’ll find you’ll achieve way more even if it’s not 100% perfect in your eyes.

The crazy thing is that sometimes even if you think it’s not perfect, then you look again with a fresh pair of eyes it usually is almost perfect.

What’s interesting is that when it comes down to something like publishing articles. You start to look back on what you’ve achieved and you can analyze the work. You quickly realize that what you think is perfection is actually not achievable perfection.

This approach to getting things out there quicker makes you learn a lot quicker. And when it comes to something like working, you can test your theories.

When you think about it, if you’re always overthinking something, you never actually get around to doing it. For the people that actually get it done and get something done they can start to learn from their mistakes and actually get a better idea of what perfection actually is.

Too many tasks

Some people make lists and sometimes those lists have way too many tasks. Not only do they have many tasks on them but most of them aren’t probably important.

They can also be something that makes your desk really cluttered. Such as post-it notes.

Over time these things add up. They may be small right now and may not seem to be a big issue, but give it some time and you’ll see. It can start to feel a little bit overwhelming.

You don’t actually realize everything adds up. It’s only when you start to lose efficiency and productivity that it becomes apparent.

A good way to work around this and you have to do a lot of trial and error is to block some time in your diary to take a look at your task list.

Just having that dedicated time only focusing on the task at hand can highlight tasks that are important and also ones that aren’t.

Make sure you take into account everything including your diary, task lists and those horrible posted notes.

Taking inspiration from too many places

When you’re really trying to focus on achieving something it’s good to take inspiration from others.

This can be people that have achieved what you want to achieve or just truly inspiring individuals. However, it’s very easy to take inspiration from too many different kinds of people.

This comes down to focus. Your focus should be what you really want to do what you want to learn and what you want to really achieve. It’s really hard at first but you have to admit to yourself that you can’t be like all the people you take inspiration from.

If you follow certain people that are achieving many different things they usually have at least one or two things they’re really good at. This is something you need to teach yourself. Find that one or maybe a tiny set of things that you can be really good at.

Too much focus on too many things makes it so much harder to get to where you want to be an achieve what you want. Choose your lane, and stay in it.

It’s also important to note that you can’t please everyone. You can try your best to make the people you want to make happy but not everyone’s going to love it.

At the end of the day, you’re following your path and so make sure you walk along it your way.

You are the exception

The best way to learn and grow as we mentioned above is the focus. Focusing on that one thing or again a small set of things, then you can really get good.

Sometimes, it may feel like you are the exception to that rule and that you could maybe do a bit better than anyone else. And yes, there are some people that can just naturally achieve a lot more or so it seems. You are not the exception.

Delays in your work

You may find sometimes that you manage to schedule all your work ahead of time. Your task lists are all ready to rumble and you’re ready to start crossing them off. And once you get going you quickly realize that there are way too many things to do.

Then to top things off, it gets to the following day and you think you can also do the same amount of work and then the work you didn’t get done the day before.

You may tell yourself that you can do it. But you can’t. Today is a new day, so approach it like that. If you thought you could get it all done the previous day, then what makes you think can get it all done today on top of everything else. You’ll end up even more behind than you ever were before.

There are many techniques to be able to get as much done as possible. One technique is to focus on three priority things per day. Try to block them out throughout the day and get those done no matter what. Obviously, these tasks need to be achievable in one day, which you soon find out as you start.

It also doesn’t mean you don’t work hard and try to do as much as you can. The problem is, we tend to beat selves up if we don’t get everything done.

Remember it’s all about learning from mistakes, trying again and doing what’s right for you.

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