Seemingly Harmless Habits That Eat Up Your Time

Oh, the little distractions.

You may not notice it, but there are certain personal behaviors that are making you unproductive at work. Here are some of them: 

Worrying about the little things
It may not seem like a time-consuming task, but when you worry—whether it's about personal issues or anything work-related—it distracts you from doing your job efficiently. Our tip: Stop nitpicking about the things you cannot do anything about at the moment and focus on what you can do.

Chatting with your officemates
A little chitchat with your officemate can help relieve stress and strengthen your relationships, but a simple five-minute stopover at her work area can easily turn into a 10-minute break. Before you know it, you’ve used up most of your morning. Try limiting your time at each station, so you can still be productive at work. 

Fiddling with your phone
Whether you're texting, browsing, or playing your favorite game, tinkering with your phone eats up most of your time–and you may not even notice it. If you really need to use your phone (for things not related to work), make sure you’ve finished your important tasks first. Have a to-do list so you could keep up with the things you need to accomplish or impelement a no-phone policy for a few hours at a time. 

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