When it comes to chasing after our goals, it’s easy to get tangled up in a web of distractions.
According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, the average person wastes 3 hours a day at work.
While research shows that watching cat videos boosts energy, it does little to help us achieve our targets. Before you know it, you’re rushing through deadlines and sabotaging yourself.
Bad work habits are just like weeds. If we don’t pluck them, they can hold us back and hamper growth! Plans that are out of place hinder us from growing into successful individuals. They prevent us from being strategic and proactive. They stop us from being the best version of ourselves.
With that in mind, here are 3 workplace habits that you should avoid:
An Overloaded Schedule
Don’t take on more than you can handle. One of the most common bad work habits is an overloaded schedule can overwhelm and engulf you. Taking on more but never delivering will leave a negative impression.
While it’s understandable that you want to prove yourself, the best way to achieve success is by making promises you can keep.
If you’re already struggling with a project, don’t take up a new one because it looks easy. We think we can do something and end up adding more to our plate.
Inability to Delegate
Sometimes we feel we don’t need help and can do everything on our own. Don’t overburden yourself. You’ll end up burning yourself out!
One way to turn a bad work habit into a good one is to be delegating tasks. This helps you lessen your burdens, but it also gives you an opportunity to help others grow. You build connections and learn from others. There are a hundred ways to do things. When you divide tasks, you’ll broaden your horizons.
As humans, we’re not perfect. Exceptional individuals know that finding someone to blame is not the answer to the solution. Instead, they utilize their energy to find solutions to the problem.
Discuss matters with your team and take into account all they have to say. Open communication will help solve the problem faster.
We all mess up from time to time. Communicating with your team and manager will allow you to come up with innovative solutions. Remember that there will always be limited resources, time and skills.
Beating yourself up for not being able to handle challenges will limit your true potential. Openly communicate what you can and can’t do. Everything is a learning process. Let your manager know your strengths and weaknesses so you can gain access to the opportunities you deserve!
Bill Wooditch is a professional keynote speaker who has helped millions of entrepreneurs and salespersons tackle their fear of failure. Read Bill Wooditch’s transformative book Always Forward! to get inspired!