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7 Ways To Invite Distractions That Destroy Productivity

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Header image of the article "7 Ways To Invite Distractions That Destroy Productivity" - A list of ways we use to invite distractions into our lives and therefore become less productive.

This article deals with the things you keep doing that invite distractions, which then leads to lower levels of productivity. 

Sadly, there are numerous things that people do on a regular basis that damage their productivity, and yet they mistakenly believe they are helping their productivity by engaging in such acts (!).

In other words, the more some people try to fix themselves the more broken they become. Are you a victim of your own self-help? Find out below.

7 Ways To Invite Distractions That Destroy Productivity

1 - Produce A Generic To-Do List & Fail To Add In Your Deadlines

There are plenty of reasons why to-do lists do not work. One of the reasons they do not work is because you haven’t enough organization skills or because most to-do lists do not have any context that tells you which task is the most urgent, which task takes the most work, and why each task is important. 

To-do lists will damage your productivity if they are too generic.

Add details, plans within plans, and specific targets. Words such as “More” or “Extra” are very damaging because you need specific targets that have hard deadlines.

You need to be able to see your progress and you need the ability to track your progress. Try services such as Asana or Trello to get you started. 

2 - The Misuse Of Audio Visual Devices

There are some people who are so used to having digital audio and visual stimulation that they cannot stand to be alone in silence for extended periods of time. These people tend to seek audio and/or visual stimulation while working, and it can have a detrimental effect on their productivity.

If you are trying to write and you put on a song without words, your productivity will be slightly damaged, but if the song has words, your productivity will suffer significantly.

Most people cannot work with the TV on because the moving figures and engaging characters are too distracting. Obviously, the type of distraction you suffer and its intensity depends on the type of work you are doing. For example, people who have to do a lot of physical labor tend to work better with music playing. 

3 - Setting Goals With Rewards & Punishments

Setting goals is not always the answer, but if you do set goals, then you should not add rewards or punishments for achieving or not achieving your goals. 

Failure to reach a goal is not necessarily a bad thing, it usually indicates that a plan needs changing or that a person needs more training. 

Punishments for not achieving goals suggests that something was done incorrectly or that failure is a bad thing rather than a learning experience. In addition, Ray Williams made the point in Psychology Today that punishments tell your subconscious that you demand perfection, and perfection is often overkill (Psychology Today).

Setting goals and giving yourself rewards is damaging because reaching the goal itself is supposed to be the reward.

You are taking focus from your goal and you are resting your focus elsewhere, which can only have a temporary positive effect at best. 

The most powerful reason why you should not give yourself rewards for reaching your goals is because rewards ignore reasons. Reward yourself and you are less likely to ask why you didn’t fail this time. 

4 - The Misuse Of Sexual Desire In & Out Of The Workplace

Napoleon Hill’s 20 years of study into motivation has helped to prove that sexual desire is a powerful motivational tool, especially in males where libidos tend to be more powerful.

However, as Napoleon Hill wrote in 1938, “The transmutation of sex energy calls for the exercise of will-power,” and a lack of will-power may lead to the misuse of sexual desire in and out of the workplace. 

Creating sexual desire, what some like to call sexual frustration, creates a powerful impetus to act. Transmuting that energy with your will-power is going to allow you to turn your impetus to act into an impetus to work.

If you misuse this power, such as by flirting, being unprofessional, then the generation of sexual frustration is a misuse of your sexual desire. 

Generating sexual frustration will create energy that you may control yourself to a productive end. Or, you may generate sexual frustration and sexual energy and allow your sex drive to control it to an unproductive end. The choice is yours. 

5 - Inappropriate Time Tracking Mechanisms 

Some people track their time with alarm clocks that beep, which is fine if you are planning to switch tasks every time it beeps. If you are not, then a beeping time reminder may help keep you motivated, but it may make you less productive. 

Other time-tracking mechanisms place no emphasis on completing goals, they simply track the time without referencing any progress. There are some circumstances where this may be acceptable, but in most cases, it is an inappropriate time tracking mechanism.

Try different time tracking methods, along with trying different types of time tracking tools such as these: Due, RescueTime and/or Wrike.

6 - The Misuse Or Lack Of Templates & Starting Notes 

Most people are not built to work from nothing. Even a painter’s blank canvas has corners. Take notes or start with a template. You do not have to keep the template. Once you have started, you may do away with the template and build your own internal structure. 

No matter what the job, make a few notes, write down a few ideas, concerns, worries and possible benefits of completing the job.

Start with nothing, and your job becomes harder, which makes you less productive. 

7 - A Lack Of Personal/Professional Accountability & Playing The Blame Game

Many of the points in his article center on specific actions that a person may take to accidentally become less productive. Point number seven invites distraction through a poor and habitual attitude. 

If there is nobody to answer to, then why bother to do anything? Without god, people do not progress beyond the tribal.

Without family, people do not progress beyond self-interest. Without personal accountability, people do not progress beyond earning to eat.

A symptom of a lack of personal and professional accountability is that you play the blame game. You didn’t do “X” because your computer is too slow, and you didn’t do “you” because a co-worker didn’t get the correct information to you.

If you spend time blaming, then you need to address your personality responsibility for your duties and your responsibilities.

 Even the act of blaming is a waste of productive time.

By reading these 7 Ways To Invite Distractions That Destroy Productivity we hope you can become more aware of some of the things that can stop your success journey...

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Beverly Lerch is a young freelance writer and a great expert in self-improvement, motivation and productivity. She has a lot of various interests and cannot imagine her life without sport.
You can ask her advice on Twitter.

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