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Do You Have a Productivity Blind Spot?

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It seems that I’ve seen a lot written lately about blind spots.

We all have them and I’m not talking about the ones you experience when you drive. This particular post was about leadership blind spots. But the ones I want to talk about here are individual productivity blind spots. Yes…they exist.

For the most part, you know when you’re not working at your best. And usually, you know why.

But what about those things you’ve done over and over and think you have nailed down a system or process that works for you? Do you stop once in a while to ask yourself if maybe your process/system/approach could be improved? Or do you think, why mess with something that’s already working ok? That answer is what tweaks your ability to be more productive.

Also read: Blinded by Success: Why Great Companies Stumble

Here’s what I did:

I like to practice what I preach. So I started thinking about the actions that I take more or less automatically. I’m not talking about which apps I use, but what I was actually doing. My personal workflow. I asked myself:

  • If what I was doing optimized my time.
  • Could some of these things be done differently to create more efficiencies, peace of mind and time to do more fun things?

I’m lazy by nature and wanted to get my priority items done quickly so I could go play and not worry about the ‘things I haven’t done’. Maybe you can relate.

To my surprise, I actually found several ways to speed up the time I spent doing things. I always feel so clever when I manage to do something like that. But wait a minute. I found what I thought was another rogue blind spot…except it wasn’t really a blind spot.

I uncovered something I didn’t want to see. Something that had been around for a while–taunting me as I tried to ignore it. This avoidance had cost me time, money, energy and peace of mind. And I had to acknowledge it had been hanging around maybe a bit too long. So I did something about it.

I started with a few small steps.

First I read a book. Then I enrolled in a class. Then I talked to a coach. Was it fun? Sometimes. Was I sorry I’d spent all this time procrastinating about taking an action? Absolutely. All the time spent avoiding it would have been better spent doing it and reaping the rewards without all the negative thoughts and self-talk.

Also read: How To Achieve Peak Productivity Levels, Even While Procrastinating

So here are a few things to help you overcome your blind spot(s):

  • Decide what’s been nagging you for way too long and confront it
  • Set a time limit for doing some research on it
  • Set a date for beginning to practice what you want to change
  • Find a friend who’s willing to support you through the change because we all need cheerleaders!
  • Define a timeline for getting comfortable with your new ‘thing’
  • Celebrate your victory of living outside your very comfortable zone

Whether you call is blind spots, avoidance or procrastination, you can overcome this dilemma. You just need to be honest with yourself and your desire to change. Because everything we do or don’t do is dependent on the decisions and choices we make about how and where we spend…or don’t spend…our time. Onward!

About the Author

Cynthia Kyriazis, Founder and President of Productivity Partners Inc., has provided productivity training and coaching for Fortune 500 to small business clients for over 20 years. Recently named one of “28 best online productivity experts”, her passion is teaching employees how to apply the principles of organization and time-management and to help them navigate the 24/7 demands on their time. Cynthia is set to release her second book in February 2016, Get Organized. Get Focused. Get Moving.: How to Avoid Productivity Potholes, a guide for helping business professionals avert common obstacles to productivity.