Think about your daily to-do list. It likely includes reviewing reports, sending emails, going to meetings and calling clients. Now be honest, how many of those things do you actually do in a workday?

Difficult choices have to be made every day. “Should I get everything done by working an exorbitant number of hours or work reasonable hours but let things slip through the cracks?”

Many people have trouble finding the right balance. In fact, a May 2017 survey from The Alternative Board found that, on average, business leaders only have 1.5 hours of uninterrupted, highly productive time each day.

While you may be inclined to look for quick-fix tricks and tips to be more productive, there’s a better way to approach the issue. Start paying attention to what’s derailing your productivity and find ways to remove those deterrents. A stronger foundation for your productivity will enable you to create better work-life balance and get more accomplished.

Here are four productivity traps to avoid.

1. Ignoring hidden strengths

It’s very hard for people to process their weaknesses. Not wanting to show flaws, leaders work hard to improve their imperfections, but this wastes too much time.

Everyone has traits and skills that come naturally to them and those that don’t. While it’s important to know your limitations, you also must recognize that some changes aren’t worth the effort. For example, if you’re someone who sees the big picture, it will take a lot to develop even mediocre skill levels to focus on smaller details.

A better route is to develop your hidden strengths. These are skills that, with a little bit of training, can become full strengths. For instance, even if you’re not good at oral communication, you could still become a talented writer.

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