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January 24, 2020

Three Good Habits for Getting Things Done

Habits are good and bad. The bad ones keep us from achieving our goals, whether that is losing 10 pounds, exercising regularly, or meeting sales goals. Good habits, on the other hand, support our efforts and contribute to success. Unfortunately, bad habits often win over the good ones! Here are three good habits to help you be more positively productive in the New Year.

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  1. Always be on time. It’s easy to fall into the bad habit of arriving “just a few minutes late” for meetings, when returning from breaks and lunch, in the morning. In addition to contributing to your productivity, being on time is important for your image as a professional. Leave travel time in your schedule and some wiggle room to handle unforeseen problems like heavy traffic or slow elevators.
  2. Focus on the task in front of you. As many of you know, I’m against multi-tasking because I know it actually can diminish your productivity! When you tackle two or more activities at the same time, often you aren’t actually multi-tasking; you’re switching your attention on and off and are taking longer to complete each tasks. Get in the habit of doing one thing at a time until it is completed. See my blog post Focus Produces Results for help with this important habit.
  3. Pay attention. Letting your mind wander is a bad habit since you can easily miss critical information. Practice being present and in the moment at all times, use good listening skills, and pay attention to body language—your own and others. See my blog post Listen and Learn for more information.

Cultivating good habits is the mark of a professional. As Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” You can find more good work habits here Five Work Habits to Help You Become More Positively Productive.


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