Reasons you’re not as productive as you can be

Reasons you’re not as productive as you can be

Every day in our personal and professional lives, we seek to accomplish goals by completing specific responsibilities usually consisting of multiple tasks. While the basic aim is to complete each task, the bigger goal is to do so in an exceptional manner, achieving results of the highest standard.


  • Procrastination

Procrastination is one of the BIGGEST productivity roadblocks. Yet it is something that you and I do way too often. I remember when I was in college, I would know way ahead of time (weeks or even months) if I had a paper due. But I found myself burning the midnight oil to get it done the morning before I had to turn it in. I usually got it done. But looking back, the result most likely would have been of better quality had I not waited until the last minute. Instead, I was rushed, stressed, and tired, just trying to get it done. If I had slowly worked during the time that I had, I would have finished earlier and produced top-notch quality.

  • Lack of Planning and Setting Unrealistic Expectations

Ah yes, lack of planning and setting realistic expectations is a combination that can sink our productivity rating. Our expectations of how long a task will take, its complexity, and the inputs/resources required to complete them can result in low productivity if those expectations are unrealistic.

For example, if I expected to write this blog in one sitting without collecting any information, outlining the areas to cover, or acquiring real-life examples to share, the result would likely be a piece that has no substance and provides very little (if any) useful information.

  • Lack of Commitment

When we don’t feel dedicated to the success of a task, our productivity is likely to be negatively impacted as well. It’s easy to disengage when we don’t feel – or can’t envision – how the results of an effort will benefit us. If we are not committed to doing the best we can at everything we are tasked with, then we threaten not only our success but the success of those who rely on us (e.g. employers, children, etc.).

  • Physical Well-Being

Our physical health contributes greatly to our ability to be productive. This isn’t just about disease or health conditions. Our physical well-being depends on the steps we take today to help uplift our minds and bodies. When we are in good physical condition, we have the energy and interest to give our full effort to everything we do. But when our health is threatened, we lose the zest to work hard and produce outstanding results.

  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Our state of mind keeps us prepared to take on and accomplish tasks. If our state of mind is threatened, we can’t be as productive as we want to be. Our mental and emotional well-being play important roles in our ability to achieve goals. If we are stressed or if we’re currently dealing with emotional concerns, it can be difficult to concentrate, maintain a desire to do anything, or have the will to achieve. Additionally, stressful situations often lead to poor, quick, or emotional decisions (i.e. not based on good reasoning or facts).

  • Unwillingness To Delegate

One big deterrent to being productive is taking on too much – individually. I’m always reminded of the lyric of a song I learned at a young age, “No man is an island, no man stands alone.” We often think we achieved success, accomplished goals, or produced high-quality results by ourselves. But in reality, we had help along the way. To be as productive as possible, we must be open and willing to delegate tasks and assignments. We can’t do everything and be everywhere at once to complete a large-scale effort. Learn to depend on others and be willing to assign or delegate tasks. Be comfortable in giving those individuals the power to carry out those assignments.

  • Not Listening/Poor Communication

Communication is a critical component to being as productive as you can be. Written exchange of information, verbal interactions, and the ability to actively listen are key components to achieving the level of productivity we desire in order to be successful. Information provides direction of what is needed, how they’re needed, when they are needed, where they are needed, and who needs them. If we are unable to get that information or provide it, we will find our efforts stalled or delayed.


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