This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:
- Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
- Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
- Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies
What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.
If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of:
- Multitasking – You start kidding yourself that you’re getting more work accomplished by doing two things at once when actually what you’re doing is delivering sub-par work.
- Succumbing to distractions – Your resistance is waning against the two worst offenders: entertainment websites + social media.
- Perfection paralysis – Projects don’t move forward because you believe what you’re doing is never good enough.
- Having an oversized To Do list – It keeps growing despite you crossing off your completed tasks.
- Too many tools – Your toolbox of websites and apps is overflowing, but you still aren’t getting enough done.
- Always saying Yes – Your inability to say No to other people’s priorities has left you with no time to work on your own deliverables.
- Not automating recurring tasks – You waste precious time on tasks that could be systemized and automated.
- Scheduling too many meetings – Your day is so overscheduled with meetings you end up having to work evenings and weekends.
- Procrastinating – You keep putting off those “hard” tasks because something more interesting always comes along to grab your attention.
- Living in your email inbox – You get stuck in the black hole that is your inbox, which leads you away from accomplishing your priority tasks.
If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie it’s time to take action. Recognize the unproductive habits that are creeping into your daily routine and take steps to make a change.
Of course, if that doesn’t work, you can always eat chocolate