5 Habits that make one less productive

Get to know your subconscious bad habits

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Ever wondered why you work so hard but the results are less than one hundred percent? Well, sorry to break your heart but you need to have a mind shift and work smart instead.

According to psychologists, a habit is formed after 21 days of consistent activity.

It is for this reason, some activities you may be doing that have unconsciously become your habits affect your productivity in the deliverance of results.

1. Drinking coffee more than water

Coffee being a stimulant contains lots of caffeine. Taken in huge quantities, about four cups a day, may cause insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate, and other side effects.

For productivity, one needs enough sleep, a clear mind, and eight cups of water a day, not forgetting the good vibes and Inshallah.

To restrain the urge of drinking too much coffee, for every cup of coffee you drink, drink two more cups of water.

2. Checking on your phone when you wake up

Normally, when you wake up, you are not immediately in active mode. Your brain takes some time to reset.

The instant light from your phone that slaps your eyes floods your brain with cortisol(stress hormone) and puts your mind in a state of "fight or flight" seconds after waking up.

In that case, stay off your phone for at least thirty minutes after waking up either in the morning, from a power nap or siesta.

3. Multi-Tasking

Studies have shown time and time again that multitasking makes one less productive.


Multi-tasking is just but a myth.

It should be renamed task switching because the human brain is incapable of focusing on two things simultaneously.

Two hands, one brain. Now you know.

4. Not having a bedtime routine 

No need to beat around the bush on this one, unhealthy sleeping patterns result in fewer sleeping hours resulting in poor sleep.

sleep deprivation impairs our reflexes, decision making, and ability to learn.

A high level of sleep deprivation can even cause similar effects to a 0.8% blood alcohol level.

5. Not turning off notifications

Your ability to focus will largely dictate how much you can get done in a day.

As soon as you have turned on unnecessary notifications, you have willingly given up control of your focus by inviting distractions to your workflow.

Turning on notifications only when necessary.