Break These Bad Habits—You’ll Be More Productive

It’s easy to get in the bad habit rut.  They usually develop over time which makes them difficult to notice until you are hooked on them. And some bad habits form without you even realizing that they are considered “bad.”  Exchanging bad work habits for good work habits should result in a more efficient and productive work environment.  The first step in change is analyzing your current work habits and considering what impression you are making at work.  Understand that certain bad work habits can prevent you from getting promotions or from being taken seriously at work.  Read more to find out how to get rid of bad work habits.

Change a Bad Habit, Change Your Life

Before getting into which habits to change and why, let’s be clear, habit changing takes patience and perseverance.  Depending on which source you read, it can take between 21 and 200+ days to form a new habit that will replace the old bad habit.

Break Some Mindsets to Break These Habits

Multitasking is one of those habits that people often mistake as a skill, but it is indeed a bad habit.  Because it takes time to refocus, people who multitask often actually perform worse than people who do one thing at a time.  Additionally, according to  a Stanford University study, multitasking adds stress and negatively affects mood, motivation and productivity.

Otherwise known as “putting it off until tomorrow,” this one can catch a person off guard. A deadline shortens, or the job’s scope expands. How much better to generate a quality product by working on it progressively. You gain the time to gather others’ input, improving productivity along the way.

Tech Attachment
This topic could be an article unto itself!  Responding to emails immediately sets up the expectation you will do so consistently. That creates pitfalls when you cannot. This bad habit distracts from tasks at hand as regaining focus takes time.

Not listening
Well-developed listening skills take some work.  Many people drift off into their own thoughts when people are speaking or just wait to speak without really listening. Not only can not listening cost you time and understanding, this bad habit can be embarrassing when called-out.   Actively listening  enriches workplace relationships and productivity.  The idea of actively listening is to  build a summary of what is being said in your head and repeat or paraphrase it back to the person.  This forces you to listen more closely.  The process of actively listening helps information stick in your head.

Now that you have addressed your bad habits, it is time to check out Habits of Highly Successful People