You may not even realize that some of the bad habits you have developed over your lifetime are causing you problems at work. However, if you have any of the 7 habits below, you could be affecting your job (or business) if you are not aware.
Lack of Sleep
If you have the bad habit of staying up late because you see yourself as a night owl, but you have to get up early to go to work, you are making a huge mistake. Not sleeping enough at night can not only impact your performance at work but it could also cause health problems – including cardiovascular disease.
Not Eating Breakfast
While you don’t have to eat a giant breakfast at the crack of dawn to be healthy, at some point during the morning you should eat something – even if it’s just a banana with some peanut butter on it. When you do not eat when you’re hungry, you can cause your body to be weak and your brain unable to focus.
Reading Emails Constantly
Even at work, you should not check your email all the time. Checking email (and social media) is a trap that might take you down a rabbit hole of no return. Instead, set a timer to check your email and social media or any other communication channel just three or four times a day at set times.
Sitting for Long Periods of Time
It often can’t be helped, but if you sit for work then go home and sit some more, you’re making a big mistake. This can impact your health and make it hard for you to do your job at all. Find ways to move around the office more, whether it’s taking the steps or volunteering for the food runs so you can walk around.
Complaining about Everything
This can be a habit that sneaks up on you. You may not even realize that you are doing it. However, most people tend to complain more openly than they express joy openly. In order to stop doing this, recognize the behavior, and say something nice instead of something negative.
Comparing Yourself to Others
Anytime you start comparing yourself to others, it’s a mistake. It’s also a dangerous mistake. The reason it’s so bad is that you have no idea what the person has really experienced in their life or what happens to them at home. You cannot compare because so much is different. It can erode your confidence and cause you to second guess yourself, making you look incompetent.
Thinking You are a Great Multitasker
OH my! I thought this for years but as I (ahem.. got older) I realized that wasn’t the case. Here is some news for you; no one is good at multitasking. If you’re trying to multitask – even if it’s required at work, it’s going to be hard to get things done accurately. Multitasking is the curse of mediocracy. Do what you can to get out of that situation so that you can do your best work by fully focusing and being mindful about one thing at a time.
If you can replace these bad habits with good habits, you may end up becoming irreplaceable at work or you might boost your business to the next level. The main thing you want to do is to at least recognize which bad habits you have so that you can plan to combat them with good habits.