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5 Habits You Should Avoid This Week



You have so much on your plate already. Work to do, books to read, courses to take, meetings to attend, trips to embark upon, and hangouts too.


How do you fit all these into a 24-hour day already taken by your job, school work, eating, sleeping, social media and, for some, domestic chores?
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The secret to productivity is not adding more to your day. It’s dropping the excesses.
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If you want this week to count, avoid these 5 habits.
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🛡️ Not Setting Your Priorities
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Everything in your life does not have equal level of importance. Find what moves the needle and focus your attention on them.
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Every Sunday, I write 10 tasks for the week. Then I pick the first 3. In my opinion, the top 3 are the worthiest of my time. I can do the rest later.
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Dwight Eisenhower said, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” Prioritise your tasks according to importance, not urgency alone.
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🛡️ “Mindless” social media
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Special emphasis on “mindless.” If you read this post, get inspired and get to work, that’ll be perfect. But for most people, they stretch it too far.
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They travel to other apps and then land on Instagram where they watch dancing cats for 2 hours.
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Then a WhatsApp message drops from a random dude asking for something urgent. Your day have begun in a reactive mode. You didn’t read, meditate or practice any soul-refreshing activity.
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Then the clock hits 1pm and you haven’t achieved anything for the day.
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I know we run by different clocks. But studies show that your day would be more productive if you invest your first hour or two on a soul-refreshing activity. Your first two hours after waking up are not the same as any random two hours during the day.
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You can avoid these distractions if your phone is on Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. This way, you won’t see any notifications until you’re done feeding your spirit and soul.
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🛡️ Saying “Yes” to Everything
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I’m advocating laziness, but you can do focused work for only 4 hours a day and achieve more than someone who hopped across tasks for 18 hours.
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It’s not always the length of hours that count. It’s what you do within the time you have.
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If you plan your day well, you can be done with your most important projects in 3 or 4 hours.
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Understand. Pushing the needle would require some 12-hour workdays. Those are important. But in the long run, don’t wear yourself out.
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If you’re more creative in the morning, then schedule your calls and other less demanding tasks for the afternoon or evening.
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Identify what’s important and learn to graciously say “No” to anything capable of ruining your peace.
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🛡️ Not Taking Breaks Between Work
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When I sense my productivity declining, I don’t force it. I simply take a break. If you try to complete delicate tasks in your tired state, you may do a wacky job. Your total well-being is a gift to the world. Don’t trivialise it.
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🛡️ Not Creating Time for What’s Important to You
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You will never randomly find time for the things that matter to you. You must create it.
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If you’ll take that course, schedule one hour in your day. If you must read that book, assign a certain time for reading. Don’t leave it to chance. Schedule it!
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On the flipside, here are 5 ideas to maximise your week.
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🛡️ Prioritise your tasks based on importance, not just urgency.
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🛡️ Use DND on your phone to allow you focus on your Spirit and Soul within your first hour of waking up.
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🛡️ Graciously say “No” to guard your priorities from intruders.
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🛡️ Taking short breaks between work.
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🛡️ Create at least 1 hour for something that matters to you: Reading, writing, taking a course or calling a friend.
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Your wellbeing and productivity benefits not just you, but everyone around you.
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If you can’t do it for yourself, at least do it for them.
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I’m rooting for you!

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