“Bad habits die hard” as the saying goes, but there are some you really don’t have to kick to the curb in the name of productivity. No more feeling guilty about that mid-afternoon nap or holding off that work proposal until the night before.
These “bad” habits can actually help with your productivity and get you motivated to work hard:
1. Procrastination: A pending deadline looming over your head, can actually be one of the biggest motivators. It can be stressful to wait until the last minute, but this can really get the creative juices flowing and spark that adrenaline rush you may need to complete a task. I found that there are three crucial times when procrastinating works the best – check them out here.
2. Napping: Feeling tired after that huge lunch or didn’t get enough ZZZ’s the night before? Take a nap! Yes I said it! Bring back the kindergarten days and take a snooze. You may feel like you are just wasting precious time, but napping for 20 to 30 minutes can really rejuvenate you. Don’t believe me? Ariana Huffington loves sleep, see her Ted Talk “How to Succeed? Get More Sleep” here.
3. Leave the Dishes in the Sink: If cleaning is on your to-do list daily, feel free to skip over it every once in awhile. According to a Weather.com article, regularly cleaning your kitchen with antibacterial sprays can increase your risk of being exposed to dangerous bugs. While sprays kill some germs, they are sometimes useless against the dangerous ones. Those can grow rapidly when the weaker bugs aren’t there to crowd them out. Dish soap and water works just fine for day-to-day, save the heavy duty cleaning for once a week!
4. Texting and Checking Social Media: No need to turn off your phone when you are busy working away. Weather.com also said that when you connect with friends via text it helps to lower your risk of feeling overwhelmed or depressed. Having friends increases the “feel good” hormones in your body. Check out my list of the benefits of having close relationships.
5. Distractions: Surf the web for cute puppies, read the news, or watch an episode of your fave show! Distractions can take us away from work, but can also be a great way to take a break. If you feel stuck let yourself wander, it may spark a new idea and relax your brain. Set time limits for yourself so you don’t get carried away. For instance, I sometimes reward myself with an episode of Breaking Bad after checking off a certain amount of to-do’s. It keeps me motivated as well as stopping me from binge watching.
6. Stressing Out: When we feel stressed the first thing we want to happen is for it to just go away! But according to Heidi Hanna, author of the book “Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress”, stress can stimulate us. She says, “It gives us energy to get things done. A lot of people procrastinate because the stress of that deadline actually fuels that energy. It gives us a surge of adrenaline which, in the short term, is fine.” Heidi warns that stress does become a problem when you begin to use it all the time. So it’s not something that you should be dependent on but once in awhile it’s okay!
So don’t break these bad habits, just learn to use them in moderation. Be sure to comment below if these productivity don’ts work for you!