These are the time-sucks that are messing with your schedule. Spoiler: It's time to rethink that to-do list.

By Ana Connery
April 19, 2018

I’d like to meet the unicorn who has a firm grasp on what she can and cannot accomplish in a day. My friends and I run the gamut from stay-at-home parents to entrepreneurs, shift workers to office drones, and after comparing notes for years, I can say this: There are about a million things we all do every day that keep us from getting our sh*t done.

“Part of the productivity problem is that most us aren’t realistic about what we can get done in a 24-hour period to begin with,” says Wendy Ellin, an Atlanta-based productivity expert and author of Enough Is Enough, Get Control of Your Stuff. “Everybody sets out to do things they were probably never going to get done anyway, so at the end of the day, you’ve set yourself up for defeat.”

The good news is, there are tweaks you can make to morph bad habits into good ones and get on the path to success. From unwelcome distractions to choices that set us on the path to the land of Nothing Gets Done Here, here’s a look at some of the most common pitfalls that keep you from getting your sh*t done every day—and easy solutions for how to break the habits.

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