Everyday we make countless choices that influence every part of our lives . What we often don’t realize is that even making one wrong choice can ruin our productivity. Take a look at the list below to see if you’re falling into bad habits that ruin your work day.
Tackling your easiest tasks first
Do the hard stuff first. Some people call this strategy "eating the frog," based on a quotation attributed to Mark Twain: "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
Constantly checking your email
The siren call of your inbox can be hard to resist. Yet research suggests that switching between tasks -- say, doing research and checking for new email -- takes up to 40% longer than doing one at a time. Even when you you're being more productive by multitasking, you're probably not.
Keeping your phone on your desk at work
Turning your phone on "vibrate" isn't enough. Actually, turning your phone isn't even enough. Research published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research suggests that the mere presence of your cell phone nearby can hurt your cognitive performance -- even if you're unaware of its influence. The best solution appears to be keeping your phone in another room entirely.
Staying seated all day
Office jobs aren't exactly conducive to getting a lot of physical activity. But you don't need to be up and about for hours at a time. A growing body of research suggests that even if you get up and move around for a few minutes several times a day, you're improving your overall health.
Staring at a screen for hours at a time
Staring at a computer all day can lead to "digital eye strain," resulting in symptoms like dryness and blurriness, 's Erin Brodwin reported. Enter the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, Rahul Khurana, the clinical spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmologists told 's Kevin Loria.
Waiting until late afternoon to take a break from work
Take that break mid-morning instead. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that the more time that's passed since the beginning of the workday, the less useful a break is. Breaks taken earlier in the day are more likely to replenish resources, including energy, concentration, and motivation.
Staying up too late
Scientists have identified a common phenomenon they call "bedtime procrastination": "failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so."