Do You Make These 7 Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity?

You can regain a lot of productivity simply by avoiding the mistakes that kill it.

If you make any of these 7 mistakes, eliminate them and watch your productivity soar.

  1. Check e-mail first thing in the morning.
  2. Answer the phone every time it rings.
  3. Allow frequent interruptions by people who “just need a minute.”
  4. Start your day without a plan (without knowing the top 3 things you need to accomplish today).
  5. Say “yes” to anything without thinking through exactly what you are committing to.
  6. Not knowing with precise clarity the outcomes you want to create.
  7. Focusing on tension-relieving activities, instead of goal-achieving activities.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at