Our productivity fluctuates every day. Sometimes we just can’t concentrate on our work because of our mood and sometimes the flow is broken due to frequent interruptions. On other days we feel so good that we think we can do everything twice. Almost everybody is annoyed with these fluctuations and then they struggle hard to keep their productivity in control. These frequent fluctuations affect the consistency of one’s work to a great extent.


In such cases, instead of struggling hard and spending more time trying to learn ways to be more productive, one should concentrate more on the factors that cause a person to be unproductive at work. Given below are some of the factors that clearly explain how somebody can be not productive at his workplace:

1.    Lack Of Sleep

Sleep makes a big difference in your productivity. Not taking enough sleep causes your attention to divert more often when at work and also makes it difficult to avoid interruptions. Lack of proper sleep makes it difficult to keep yourself alert and attentive and keeps you away from being motivated and engaged with your work. Usually people think that sleeping for 4 or 5 hours at night is more than enough but this is a total misconception. Studies suggest that it is important, particularly for young people, to have a good night’s sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours since their memory and attention are severely affected if they are facing continuous sleep loss.

2.    Not Having A Positive Attitude

Being happy and positive at work increases your productivity. However, if you aren’t happy or lack positive emotions in your work such as enthusiasm and motivation, then the quality of your work will eventually suffer. There are many techniques for building a positive attitude about your work such as putting some plants in the office or taking a short break for a nap.

3.    Not Having A Mid-Day Workout

Another factor that affects productivity is exercise. Doing a little bit of exercise before going to work each day or during the lunch break improves your productivity to a great extent and has many other benefits as well. A mid-day workout reduces daytime sleepiness and helps in maintaining focus on your work. It also helps arouse positive emotions regarding your work.

4.    Wasting Time And Energy On Low-Priority Tasks

Usually people avoid challenging tasks and waste their time in doing easy, low-priority work. This delaying of important tasks greatly affects your productivity. It drains your energy because you devote all your time working on the unimportant tasks and then you worry about the tasks you could have worked on before. This often leads to missed deadlines and unnecessary stress. To avoid it, you need to first ask yourself how you can utilize your time in the best possible way right now. After having answered this question, execute a “do it now” strategy. By applying a “do it now” strategy, you will be able to determine the next important task that you’ll be working on and will do it immediately.

5.    Being A Perfectionist

If perfection is your goal, you should prepare yourself to face failure since it is not possible to accomplish even the easiest task perfectly. Even the most perfect people who try to attempt challenging tasks often miss out deadlines since they revise a particular task many times. This not only wastes a great amount of energy but also wastes a lot of their time. For not being a perfectionist, you should find your achievements in the tasks you perform and instead of having a fear of failure, you should always learn from your mistakes.

6.    Inability To Make A Decision

The amount of time you spend in making a decision determines how productive you are at work. If you face problems in making a decision or are completely unable to make one, then you shouldn’t waste your time and energy in worrying about how to do it. Stressing about how to make a decision can drain all your energy and makes you unenthusiastic about the task. The best solution for this is to decide immediately whether a task or a project is worth working on or not.