If you're looking to improve your productivity, chances are that you need ways to deal with energy vampires. Do you wake up in the morning fired up with enthusiasm and energy, and then find yourself going to bed at night wandering were the day went and why you didn’t get anything done ? If this is you, then don’t worry, It happens to everyone.
It’s not your lack of energy and focus. It’s all the things that steal it away over the course of the day that are the problem. Keep reading for some easy ways to deal with energy vampires.
1. SETTING an UNREALISTIC and LONG LIST of TASKS
Write yourself a task list that can be achieved, without the powers of a superhuman, and you will find that you achieve far more. A realistic to do list is one of the easiest ways to deal with energy vampires.
2. GIVING in to TEMPTING DISTRACTIONS and DISTRACTING TEMPTATIONS
Your Mom always told you can’t do homework with the TV on and she was right. It can be tempting to surf online for a couple of hours, or to put on the radio or TV for a bit of noise, but you will be half listening to it and that will slow you down, not matter what task you're trying to get done.
3. THINKING THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TIME to EAT
Without food, your energy will drop and you will work slower and become distracted more easily. You need breaks and you need food, so always stop for lunch and take regular breaks to refuel.
4. NOT PRIORITIZING and EATING YOUR DESSERT FIRST
Put your list of tasks in an order of priority and leave more pleasant jobs, your dessert, for later. For most people it is best to do the things that you don’t want to do first and then you will have better stuff to look forward to later in the day.
5. LETTING NEGATIVE FEEDBACK DRAG YOU down
Not everything is going to work the first time, so don’t give up the moment that something goes wrong. You will feel far better if you carry on. Then the one thing that did go wrong will not seem so bad anyway.
6. PROCRASTINATING and Waiting until Tomorrow
To keep your motivation high, you need to be honest with yourself. Avoid thinking, “I will do that later “ or “that can wait until tomorrow,” or all those things that you don’t do today. They will just mount up to huge demoralizing list tomorrow.
7. TRYING to FIX WHAT CANNOT BE FIXED
Stressing over things that you have no control over will definitely sap your energy and your motivation.
8. WANDERING off the Mark
Don’t allow yourself to wander off and spend your time on things that you hadn’t planned on doing. For example, you go to make a cup of coffee and you end up cleaning the kitchen. Please keep to the task at hand.
9. NOT BEING ABLE to SAY “NO”
Learn how to say “no,” both to people asking you to do work that you don’t have the time to do, and to friends tempting you out to play, when you should be doing something else more important.
10. NOT ALLOWING YOURSELF to HAVE FUN
Studies have shown that you are far more productive when you allow yourself time for breaks and when you take days off. Strike a balance between work and play and give yourself some time off.