10 Things to Avoid If You Want to Be Productive
Being more productive requires managing your time and your habits. To use your time and your energy more efficiently throughout the day, resist common habits that kill productivity. Here are 10 things to avoid if you want to be productive.
10 Things To Avoid If You Want To Be Productive
1. Failing to plan
Imagine trying to get to a destination by a certain time without a map. Without having a big picture view, finding the fastest and most efficient route between your starting point and final destination would be difficult. A clear plan acts as a map for your day. Setting a plan for your projects and tasks in advance is an important technique for managing your time, achieving your goals, and completing the tasks you set out to finish.
2. Skipping breakfast
While skipping breakfast may seem like an easy way to free up some of your time, this practice ultimately causes more harm than good. Missing the first meal of the day impacts your health, energy level, and productivity.
While we are sleeping, our blood sugar levels take a dive which is why some of us have trouble focusing and feel drained first thing in the morning. Prioritize eating a healthy breakfast to improve concentration ability, mood, and energy during the day.
Multitasking is one of the biggest threats to productivity. Research shows multitaskers experience a 40% drop in productivity, take 50% longer to accomplish a single task, and make up to 50% more errors when compared with non-multitaskers.
To make sure you are making the most efficient use of your time each day, focus on one task at a time. Resist the urge to switch between tasks by eliminating distractions and batching similar tasks.
Living in the digital age makes it increasingly difficult to concentrate. Studies show, our attention is being drawn away by smartphones. According to Deloitte, Americans check their smartphones on average of almost 50 times a day. Millennials, however, check their phones more than 150 times.
Reduce distractions by silencing social media and email notifications. Designate time blocks to respond to emails and other alerts.
5. Forgetting to carve out time for breaks and rest
When we are busy and trying to make the most of every minute, it can be tempting to work while eating lunch or meals, but meals are an easy way to include planned breaks in your day. If you have been working tirelessly and are on a roll, it may seem counterintuitive to take a break, but taking a break is actually the best way to maintain your productivity.
Without breaks, your brain and your body will become tired. Your focus, effectiveness, and ability to make decisions will all be affected. To maintain peak productivity, don’t power through your work without prioritizing periods to unplug.
6. Saving challenging work for later in the day
Many people begin their days by completing the fastest and easiest tasks first. This leaves challenging tasks for later in the day. Our energy and ability to focus declines as the day progresses. Avoid fighting an uphill battle by completing challenging tasks earlier in the day when you have the necessary energy and creativity.
7. Saying yes too often
Time is our greatest commodity so we have to spend it wisely. You must know when to say no. Saying yes to everyone and every task can lead to exhaustion. Avoid scheduling unnecessary meetings or calls.
8. Doing everything yourself
If a project or task does not require your personal touch, you can save time by delegating and automating. Handoff tasks to other team members or outsource. Automate tasks you have to complete on a regular basis.
- Create email templates.
- Preschedule social messages
- Use a scheduling tool for meetings
9. Rushing through tasks
Rushing through tasks costs more time than it saves. Reduced accuracy will require you to dedicate time to correct mistakes. Save time in the long run and make fewer mistakes by not rushing.
10.Not getting enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep is a sure path to burnout and reduced performance. Sleep deprivation impairs concentration and decision making. According to a study, after 17 to 19 hours without sleep, individuals will perform with the same or worse speed and accuracy as they would under the influence of alcohol. Rest is crucial for productivity.
China's Push Toward Excellence Delivers a Global Robotics Investment Opportunity
Written by: Jeremie Capron
China is on a mission to change its reputation from a manufacturer of cheap, mass-produced goods to a world leader in high quality manufacturing. If that surprises you, you’re not the only one.
For decades, China has been synonymous with the word cheap. But times are changing, and much of that change is reliant on the adoption of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence, or RAAI (pronounced “ray”). For investors, this shift is driving a major opportunity to capture growth and returns rooted in China’s rapidly increasing demand for RAAI technologies.
You may have heard of ‘Made in China 2025,’ the strategy announced in 2015 by the central government aimed at remaking its industrial sector into a global leader in high-technology products and advanced manufacturing techniques. Unlike some public relations announcements, this one is much more than just a marketing tagline. Heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, the program is focused on generating major investments in automated manufacturing processes, also referred to as Industry 4.0 technologies, in an effort to drive a massive transformation across every sector of manufacturing. The program aims to overhaul the infrastructure of China’s manufacturing industry by not only driving down costs, but also—and perhaps most importantly—by improving the quality of everything it manufactures, from textiles to automobiles to electronic components.
Already, China has become what is arguably the most exciting robotics market in the world. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2016 alone, more than 87,000 robots were sold in the country, representing a year-over-year increase of 27%, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Last month’s World Robot Conference 2017 in Beijing brought together nearly 300 artificial intelligence (AI) specialists and representatives of over 150 robotics enterprises, making it one of the world’s largest robotics-focused conference in the world to date. That’s quite a transition for a country that wasn’t even on the map in the area of robotics only a decade ago.
As impressive as that may be, what’s even more exciting for anyone with an eye on the robotics industry is the fact that this growth represents only a tiny fraction of the potential for robotics penetration across China’s manufacturing facilities—and for investors in the companies that are delivering or are poised to deliver on the promise of RAAI-driven manufacturing advancements.
Despite its commitment to leverage the power of robotics, automation and AI to meet its aggressive ‘Made in China 2025’ goals, at the moment China has only 1 robot in place for every 250 manufacturing workers. Compare that to countries like Germany and Japan, where manufacturers utilize an average of one robot for every 30 human workers. Even if China were simply trying to catch up to other countries’ use of robotics, those numbers would signal immense near-term growth. But China is on a mission to do much more than achieve the status quo. The result? According to a recent report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), in 2019 as much as 40% of the worldwide market volume of industrial robots could be sold in China alone.
To understand how the country can support such grand growth, just take a look at where and why robotics is being applied today. While the automotive sector has historically been the largest buyer of robots, China’s strategy reaches far and wide to include a wide variety of future-oriented manufacturing processes and industries.
Electronics is a key example. In fact, the electrical and electronics industry surpassed the automotive industry as the top buyer of robotics in 2016, with sales up 75% to almost 30,000 units. Assemblers such as Foxconn rely on thousands of workers to assemble today’s new iPhones. Until recently, the assembly of these highly delicate components required a level of human dexterity that robots simply could not match, as well as human vision to help ensure accuracy and quality. But recent advancements in robotics are changing all that. Industrial robots already have the ability to handle many of the miniature components in today’s smart phones. Very soon, these robots are expected to have the skills to bolster the human workforce, significantly increasing manufacturing capacity. Newer, more dexterous industrial robots are expected to significantly reduce human error during the assembly process of even the most fragile components, including the recently announced OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens that Samsung and Apple introduced on their latest mobile devices including the iPhone X. Advancements in computer vision are transforming how critical quality checks are performed on these and many other electronic devices. All of these innovations are coming together at just the right time for a country that is striving to create the world’s most advanced manufacturing climate.
Clearly, China’s trajectory in the area of RAAI is in hyper drive. For investors who are seeking a tool to leverage this opportunity in an intelligent and perhaps unexpected way, the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index may help. The ROBO Index already offers a vast exposure to China’s potential growth due to the depth and breadth of the robotics and automation supply chain. As China continues to improve its manufacturing processes to meet its 2025 initiative, every supplier across China’s far-reaching supply chains will benefit. Wherever they are located, suppliers of RAAI-related components—reduction gears, sensors, linear motion systems, controllers, and so much more—are bracing for spikes in demand as China pushes to turn its dream into a reality.
Today, around 13% of the revenues generated by the ROBO Global Index members are driven by China’s investments in robotics and automation. Tomorrow? It’s hard to say. But one thing is for certain: China’s commitment to improving the quality and cost-efficiency of its manufacturing facilities is showing no signs of slowing down—and its reliance on robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence is vital to its success.
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