10 Habits That Keep You From Being Productive at Work

Stop sabotaging your success once and for all

Everyone has the blues sometimes, but when unproductivity is becoming a trend for you, you might want to change something. Here are some of the things you probably do daily that interfere with your productivity.

Working life, regardless if from an office or at home, can be challenging and sometimes you may feel like you aren’t getting enough done or are struggling to deal with your tasks. Being unproductive can seriously harm your work quality and threaten your position at work.

If you want to change, here are the * habits that are poisoning your productivity and are a signal that change is needed. Don’t worry about it though- it won’t be a big change, but it would definitely make a difference in the long term.

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Unhealthy lifestyle

To starts from the roots up, the way of life you lead is the basis on everything you do daily and if it is not beneficial to you- it heavily affects your work obligations and even personal life and relationships.

Sleeping habits

One major problem of today’s society is the lack of sleep, which is proven to be connected to many diseases and developed conditions. However, oversleeping can also have the same vicious effect on the body.

While not getting enough sleep is typical for people working in offices or taking longer shifts, sleeping too much is the trademark of the home worker. The lack of schedule is a precondition for us to plan our own day, which may include 14 hours of sleep.

However, distorted sleeping habits, regardless of which extreme they go to, are not good for neither your body nor mental state. The ability to concentrate and be productive is highly impacted by the normal functioning of your body, which needs a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 9 hours of sleep to recover.

Eating habits

Eating can do you wrong in three ways- overeating, undereating or eating at random times of the day. Food is the source of energy and nutrition for your body and productivity levels are dependent on the types and amounts of food you consume.

Overeating causes your body and brain to go into a fatigue state, which slows your reactions and ability to focus down. On the other hand, undereating deprives your brain of vital nutrients that help it function better and leads to a feeling of exhaustion.

Good eating habits don’t only include consuming quality food but also a set eating schedule. Having late dinners or breakfasts at 3p.m. ‘confuses’ your metabolism regarding when should it be active and when it is time for rest.

Lack of excercise

Exercising might not be your favorite thing, but it is vital for your productivity. Leaving aside the health implications of regular exercise that we all know, your mental state can also be highly improved by it.

And we aren’t talking about heavy workout routines or hours spent at the gym every day. Even light exercise such as fast-paced walking or even yoga classes can be very beneficial as long as it is a regular thing for you.

It’s a win-win situation- you become happier and motivated because of the hormones, released during a workout and your positive attitude stimulates your brain to be more determined to deal with larger workloads.

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Working habits

Lack of clear goals

This may sound like a cliche but planning your tasks and being aware of what you need to do during the day can be a game-changer. To-do lists are definitely not a thing of the past!

Having a goal to follow is the motivation you need and it gives you a different attitude towards your work duties. Not being aware of what exactly you are aiming for leaves it somewhere in the vague background, while you focus on the small and unmeaningful tasks instead.

Another pitfall can be having too many goals set, that you cannot focus on achieving any of them. It is better to divide your goals into short- and long-term ones and build your priorities.

Overloading yourself

Sometimes you will wind up with millions of this to do on a tight deadline which will make you panicked and won’t help you get anywhere. The key is to learn how to say no to assignments you cannot handle at the moment.

We aren’t saying that you should reject them, but outline the more important ones and leave side tasks for a period that you are less busy. Having too much to think and worry about is not only causing stress, but also killing your productivity.


Multitasking may sound tempting since it can get you to do several things at once but it is actually keeping you from putting quality into any of them. When your brain is scattered between two things it is very easy to get disoriented and not pay attention to small mistakes.

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Personal habits


Even if you don’t feel motivated to finish a task, putting it off to the near future won’t do you a favor. The more you wait, the more your motivation decreases and it is very likely that at the end you will hardly put any effort in it.

The quality of your work decreases with procrastination and your stress levels spike up. Another thing similar to procrastination is to start something and never finish it off. Many people are satisfied with what they did and leave the rest for later, but eventually never get to it again.

Being too ‘soft’

Let’s face it, all of us have annoying co-workers, that are always up for a chat or those who are trying to transfer all their tasks to you. However, you should be firm and let them know that they are distracting you.

Don’t accept extra obligations that aren’t coming from your authorities as a favor to your colleagues and don’t let them babble about their sister’s wedding for an hours while you’re trying to work. Be polite and tell them that you need to concentrate and they are getting in the way.

Being a ‘drama queen’

Everyone has their personal problems but the office isn’t the place to deal with them. Whatever it is, you should learn to separate it from your work tasks so it doesn’t take away your focus.

Try and sort things out by talking to a friend or a specialist but never transfer your feelings of sadness/ anger/ depression to you working life as you may get problems there as well.

Be happy

Well, this one isn’t much of a habit as it is a state of mind, but try to engage in activities and interact with people that make you calm and bring you positive energy. The feeling of satisfaction and happiness will help increase your productivity, motivation and quality of life. So in your life outside work, don’t do anything that isn’t making you happy!