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Here are 9 Habits You Should Ditch Right Now

“Not-to-do” lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance. Here are nine stressful and common habits that you should strive to eliminate.

Mental Health By Ariba Khaliq / Jul 21, 2014

What You Don’t Do Determines What You Can Do

However unused and unproductive they may prove to be, all of us create or have created a to-do list. They are supposed to make us productive, but alas! that never happens. They say when you can’t do a thing the right way, bend your finger a little. So, let’s twist our to-do list into a not-to-do- list. This will comprise of things we shouldn’t do so that our energy automatically gets channelized into things we should be doing. Here are 9 habits to avoid so that you can take your productivity to the next level. Image Courtesy: Getty


Attempting to do Everything

Not all tasks are important so, stop trying to do everything. Each task has its own importance and should be prioritised accordingly. Going by the 80/20 rule, 20% of the tasks on our to-do list account for 80% of the value. So, slice away the 80% low-value tasks. Image Courtesy: Getty


Responding to All Emails

Or calls and messages for that matter. You could be stuck in the "checking my e-mail" routine the whole day without any output to claim of your own except for an increased number of mails in your sent box. Begin to selectively reply to higher priority emails, and you will realise the world wouldn’t stop. Image Courtesy: Getty


Wanting to do Everything Immediately

So along with your to-do- list and not-to-do list, make a do-later list. Collect and drop mid-way items in it through the day. These may be administrative or nitty-gritty tasks which may not take too much time and are important. Don’t let them disrupt your work. Image Courtesy: Getty


Delaying Important Tasks

Putting important tasks off or procrastination may seem like a good idea but it is just not worth setting yourself for a jam later on. No one ever gets joy and happiness from procrastination. You don’t want to get stuck in a “Sigh! I wish I had started earlier” situation. Image Courtesy: Getty


Being a Perfectionist

It is the perfectionist in us, who wants to get things perfect the first time round and in order to achieve this, we keep delaying things (procrastinating). It’s like a vicious circle. Give yourself the space to make mistakes which you can correct later. It’s much easier this way than trying to get everything right the first time. Image Courtesy: Getty


Getting Over-engrossed in Details

Being detail-oriented is good. However, don’t be so obsessed with details that it holds you back. If the thing wouldn’t matter a year or 3 years from now, it’s not worth worrying so much for it in the present.  Go for the bigger picture which is more important to you. Image Courtesy: Getty


Being Unclear of Your Aims

If you can certainly and clearly define your goals for this month, this year and the year next, you’re good to go. But if not, perhaps you need to spend some time to think over them. Setting and keeping goals helps you to finish tasks on time and move forward. Image Courtesy: Getty


Not Taking Breaks

You are not a robot and therefore, need to rest and recharge. So, make a point to take a short break between your work hours; say for 5 or 10 minutes. This breather will enable you to focus more when you return. Image Courtesy: Getty


Trying to Please Everyone

You can’t make everyone happy, so stop trying to do that. It is a sign of mediocrity. Work on the things you have control over – yourself, your emotions, your thoughts and your actions. Spend your energy in the creation process, and on people who do deserve your attention and love. Image Courtesy: Getty


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