Although more and more people realize that the hours spent at work do not show real efficiency, some still brag about sitting around the clock on essential tasks. All of this is fraught with burnout and exhaustion. What’s more, even in this mode, people may never achieve the results they need. Sometimes it makes more sense to reduce working hours, introduce regular rest, and change your attitude toward tasks. Re-tell Curious about four clear signs that you’re not allocating your time very efficiently.
You Feel Fatigued All The Time.
The brain of people who have difficulty separating productivity from busyness is desperate to keep track of all the tasks it has to handle. The very thought of the sheer volume of functions is exhausting and frightening. In such a state, it’s easy to pretend to be doing something while not completing anything. When it takes most of our energy to remember all the things on the to-do list, we quickly get distracted and forget about priorities. Students often have this state of fatigue: “I don’t want to study, write my paper for me, I want to sleep.”
If you’ve neglected to-do lists before, try giving them a chance. In doing so, try to put things in order of importance right away. You can do this in paper notebooks, in a spreadsheet, or your phone notes. This will relieve your brain, and you can concentrate on the tasks at hand.
You don’t Know your Next Five Steps.
You probably have meaningful goals. Try answering the question now, “What are the five steps you need to take to get closer to it?” If you can’t name them, you’re probably not using your time very effectively. When you can’t figure out where to go next, it’s effortless to succumb to distractions and irritants. Other than that, you won’t have to think for a long time about what to do next. Right today, try to allocate five next steps for each primary goal. If you have the strength, try to figure out what working hours to scatter each of them.
You Plan More than you do.
You can spend hours dreaming about what you’d like to accomplish. Or you can use all that time actually to do something. To assess the situation now, try writing out your work results in the evening for a few days. If you’re not getting much done by the end of the day and you’re not closing any goals, something is going wrong.
You’re Setting Vague Goals.
Remember that vague goals lead to incomplete results. Your goals should be as clear and concise as possible – so that just by reading them, you understand what you need to do right now. Productive people are very good at understanding what they want (and how to achieve it). They don’t rely on luck and chance. Think of yourself as a company that has long-term and short-term goals. In the corporate world, it’s crucial to constantly keep track of who is at what stage and how they are doing. Don’t forget to reflect every couple of months on how things went. This will allow you to learn from your mistakes, correct them, and move forward with even more confidence.