Nowadays, there are a lot of theories on office productivity, and tips we can put into practice to increase it. However, what people sometimes fail to realize is that taking some actions to improve your performance doesn’t help much if you are doing other things, consciously or not, that decrease it.
Today we’re looking at three of these bad habits.
1. Using Electronic Devices Before Going to Sleep
It all begins the night before work. Simply looking at the screen on your smartphone or computer will awaken your brain due to the blue light emitted by these devices. Blue light interferes with melatonin production, which is a hormone that regulates our sleep cycle.
But that’s not all. Obviously, using your smartphone is addictive, so if you’re surfing the Internet, for example, there’s always a tendency to click just one more link or view one last video. This keeps going on and on, and before you know it, your proper bedtime is long gone.
And there is one last thing. Scrolling through social networks before bed is not recommended because you receive a lot of input about people you know, which may leave you happy, excited, frustrated or angry. Trying to sleep in this state won’t be easy as you will be left thinking about these issues.
2. Snoozing Your Alarm
If you manage to eliminate the previous habit, this one is easier to follow. Depending on the type of alarm you use, be it an alarm clock or your smartphone, it can be dead easy to press the snooze button and bury your head back on the pillow, especially in those moments before you gain full consciousness.
However, even if you didn’t get enough sleep during the night, those extra 10 or 20 minutes in bed will leave you feeling even groggier because you don’t have enough time to go through the normal stages of sleep.
The simplest thing to do here is to get an app or alarm clock that does not have a snooze button, or place your alarm far from your bed so that you have to get up to turn it off.
3. Postponing Complex Tasks
When we start work, there is always a task that seems more intimidating than others, so we can have the tendency to postpone it and start doing smaller, easier tasks. However, when we reach the inevitable moment later in the day where we finally have to address it, we are already tired and in no condition to solve a difficult problem.
So, you should focus on it first thing in the morning, while you are still fresh and full of energy. The smaller tasks can wait; use a mobile app to note them down so you don’t forget them and work on them later after the hardest part is over.