Productivity: 3 Habits Im Breaking

February 4, 2019

I just read a great blog post on breaking bad habits that decrease productivity.  I am currently focusing on eliminating 3 of those habits in an effort to be more productive.  I’ve made many positive steps already to be more productive, but these three caught my eye as things I still struggle with.

If you want to read the full article, head on over to 11 Habits You Need to Stop by Natalie Bacon.

For now, let me start with the most obvious habit, to me, that I struggle with.

#9: Stop trying to do too much at one time

For me, this is quite different than “being busy”.  I’m quite good at focusing on a single thing or task.  But I have lots of things I want to do and I am very good at being a full time employee (software developer) plus doing side jobs (programming and web development), that I don’t focus on other things that I really want to do.

#4: Stop living paycheck to paycheck

I make really good money right now and I am currently allocating a ‘tonne’ of money toward paying off debt.  I am on track to really start saving in about 2 years.  But as an “Abundance Thinker” and someone having side hustles, there’s no real reason to live paycheck to paycheck. With side hustles and other residual income that I “should” be making, I “shouldn’t” be living paycheck to paycheck.  By breaking bad habits and increasing good habits that lead to more productivity, I hope to being to build up a nice next egg, invest in myself and my business, etc.

#10: Stop saying “I can’t afford something”

Yes, I am a frugal person, even borderline tight sometimes.  And most of the time when  I say, “I can’t afford something”, I ultimately mean that I’ve already allocated all of the money, spent most of the money that was allocated, and I don’t have enough financial margin to justify spending the money.”  And many times, it’s ok if my wife mentions wanting something and then buys it.  The problem is that I just don’t want to spend the money myself.  Perhaps I don’t want to take the time to complete the transaction or go out of my way to go get the item.

I think, and I’ll discuss it in another blog post, that if I want to say this less frequently, then I should be focusing time and energy on creating revenue so that I can afford something.  I should have multiple streams of passive income to provide that financial margin.