The influence bad habits can have on your work.
It’s easy to want to blame all of your mistakes on bad luck, but sometimes the truth is that it may be something else entirely. Let’s face it. We’re only human. Sometimes, our bad habits can influence our work performance, which may cause us to fail at certain tasks or assignments in the workplace. Is it genuinely possible for a bad habit to negatively affect your job responsibilities?
You may not even be aware that some bad habits you have developed throughout your life can cause you problems at work. For example, if you have any of the following habits, it could affect your work (or your business) if you are not aware of it.
If you have a terrible habit of staying up late because you think you’re a night owl but need to get up early to go to work, you’re making a big mistake. Not getting enough sleep at night can affect your work performance and cause health problems – including cardiovascular disease.
Don’t eat breakfast
You don’t have to eat a gigantic breakfast at the crack of dawn to be healthy, but you should eat something at some point in the morning – even if it’s just a banana with some peanut butter on it. Not eating when you’re hungry can weaken your body and make your brain unable to concentrate.
If you want to change your habits, Atomic Habits: A Proven Way to Build Helpful Good Habits might interest you.
Constantly reading emails
Even at work, you shouldn’t constantly be checking your email. Checking emails (and social media) is a trap that can lead you down a rabbit hole you can’t get out of. So instead, set a timer to check your email and social media or another communication channel only three or four times a day at set times.
Sit for long periods
You often can’t help it, but if you sit for work and then go home and sit some more, you’re making a big mistake. This can affect your health and make it challenging to get your job done. Look for ways to move around the office more, whether it’s walking the steps or volunteering to walk around before dinner.
Complain about everything
This can be a habit that sneaks up on you. You may not even realize you are doing it. However, most people tend to complain rather than openly express joy. To stop doing this, acknowledge the behavior and say something nice instead of something negative.
Compare yourself with others
Every time you start comparing yourself to others, it is a mistake. It is also a dangerous mistake. It is so bad because you have no idea what the person has gone through in their life or what is happening to them at home. You can’t compare it because there is so much else. It can affect your confidence and make you doubt yourself, which makes you seem incompetent.
You think you are a great multitasker.
Here’s some news for you: no one is good at multitasking. If you try to multitask – even if you have to at work – it won’t be easy to get things done correctly. Multitasking is the curse of mediocrity. Would you mind doing what you can to get out of this situation so that you can do your best work by focusing entirely on one thing and giving it your attention?
If you can replace these bad habits with good ones, you can eventually become irreplaceable at work or take your business to the next level.
The most important thing is to identify at least what bad habits you have so that you can plan to combat them with good habits.