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11 huge obstacles for good productivity

11 huge obstacles for good productivity

11 huge obstacles for good productivity

Sometimes I can almost feel inefficiency physically. It’s typical me I guess, but inactiveness can be really boring. I even get angry with myself sometimes when I can’t get out of the apartment fast enough, both on workdays and weekends off.

For my own sake, I need to be aware of, and consider, this at times. Mostly I can just go on and on, but when I get stuck it’s often due to something of the following:

Being constantly available. I try not to be available at all times, everywhere and for everyone. Today we use the telephone, texts, email, Messenger, Skype, Slack, Lync, various project management tools, and the faster the communication in the channel, the higher will the expectations for a quick response be. I struggle with this one, but I try.

Multitasking at the wrong time. Multitasking isn’t always a bad thing for me. Sometimes it is good and gives me a 'flow (for lack of a better word), and sometimes it is very bad.

Too many managers. Someone you must lead ahead, otherwise you’ll get nowhere. If no one wants to be the leader, perhaps the timing is bad.

Micro management. You can not be responsible for other peoples’ todos’. Defined responsibility and leadership = magic. Do not ask to see a lot of stuff before someone consider themselves ready to deliver, that will only work against productivity.

Deadlines few or no one respects. If no one takes a deadline seriously, nothing will happen or get done.

Keep notes that no one else cares about. Everyone takes responsibility for their own notes. Actions, decisions and responsibility is often the only thing that is interesting to others.

Meetings without an agenda is like a gig without tracklist. No agenda = no meeting. I bet the sometimes you go to meetings without knowing why you are there. If you do, ask why and demand answers.

Always being late. Do you have meetings or other appointments, keep them. Especially if you called it. To let people wait is not fair, and certainly not productive.

Talking shit. Bullshit is toxic and leads nowhere! Getting support when it's tough is really important, but weed out the unnecessary. A good first step: use nice words instead of trying to get an effect.

Replying without info. Avoid responding to emails, or other in other forums, without giving anything back. If you can not deliver directly, say so. A simple "Thank you for your email. I do not know yet, but let me check and return to you. " is  a good enough answer.

Irrelevant feedback. Saying "If I should complain about anything it would be that..." is not relevant. Feedback is not synonymous to complaining. Feedback is ideal to build a solution and self-esteem, not to shoot down ideas. That’s something else.

This is my view on productivity. Want to add to this post?

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