Common Mistakes to Avoid When Increasing Productivity


Increasing productivity it’s something just about everyone wants. But the truth is, a lot of the quick productivity “hacks” leave you doing something unsustainable that only lasts for a couple of weeks (or less).

A better way to improve is to identify productivity mistakes that might be hindering you from reaching your goals.

In this productivity guide, we’ll tell you some of the most common mistakes and how to fix them so that you can get more done. 

Keep reading to learn more.

Wasting the Most Productive Hours of Your Day #

Every single person, no matter how hardworking or lazy they are, has a few hours in the day when they are at their most productive. For many people, it’s early in the morning. For others, it’s in the afternoon, while still others work best at night.

The problem is, most people spend these valuable hours on activities that don’t require a high cognitive capacity. Things like social media or sifting through emails are a waste of these “golden” hours. 

To increase productivity, take a self-analysis and figure out when the most productive hours are for you. After you figure this out, make sure to schedule more pressing and important matters into these hours.

Treating Cheating As a Reward #

When people work, they often have a mental system where they treat themselves to rewards if they are doing something that they find difficult. This can be activities like:

  • Dieting
  • Saving money
  • Working
  • Exercising

But if you eat unhealthy meals every time you exercise, it undermines the work that you got done. In the worst-case scenario, it can push you to ditch your plan altogether.

Change your mindset. Treat reaching your goals as the treat. Paint a picture of what finishing your goals is to help motivate you to get there.

Getting Mentally Fatigued Over Small Tasks #

As mentioned earlier, you only have a few productive hours in a day. As much as we would like to imagine that we have enough time and energy to get most of our to-do list done, it’s just not true.

Make sure to reserve your energy for the most important activities. Don’t waste it on smaller, less meaningful tasks, even if it feels like you’re getting things done by checking things off your list. 

Other great productivity tips include blocking distracting apps throughout the day and allowing yourself to take frequent breaks to recharge from mental fatigue. Using the Pomodoro Technique is a great way to allow yourself to recharge. 

Need Help Increasing Productivity? #

Now that you have an idea of a few common traps that people fall into, it’s time to identify them in your daily life. Finding roadblocks and finding ways to get rid of them are great first steps to increasing productivity.

If you still feel unmotivated, stressed out, and directionless, look no further. Elisi is a powerful organizational and progress-tracking app that can help you get more control and clarity over your life.

If you want to achieve long-term growth, try Elisi out today!

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