Bad work habits come in many different kinds. There are those that cause disaster on your productivity, make your work harder, inflict additional stresses, and serve as a negative result of being too stressed out—but not all happens at our desks. Regardless of where these habits happen, all of them have negative effects in our lives.
Here are some common habits that threaten your work performance.
- You Multitask
If you think you’ll be able to do more duties in lesser time by doing multiple tasks at once, think again. It’s a fact that humans have limited attention to span. After working hard on a particular period of time, you might feel extremely exhausted and have no enough energy to complete your remaining tasks. Being focused on one task at a given moment helps a lot to work better and faster for a longer span of time.
- Starting and Ending Your Day With E-mails
Sending a bunch of emails the moment you wake up will easily make you lose track of your priorities. On the other hand, sending emails before going to bed at night will give you insomnia. So, what you should do? Make a to-do- list and stick with it. Cross out at least two important things before sending out emails.
- Keeping Your Desk Messy
A messy sight will keep you from focus. Toss that week-old Starbucks cup to the trash, throw away those year old files and documents, and make good use of your drawers. A clean and organized desk will help you concentrate on the job that needs to be done.
- Not Disconnecting From Work
Weekends are sacred; it’s the time for hardworking people like you to unwind and relax. Hide your phone in a hard-to-reach area as soon as you get home on a Friday night. If it rings and it’s somebody from work, don’t answer it. They’ll surely text their concern to you. If the concern is about work, it can wait until Monday. If it’s about a weekend vacay or a Saturday night out, go and call back for a fun time with colleagues.
Breaking bad habits is not an easy task, and it surely doesn’t happen overnight. However, making even the smallest effort to break all these good-for-nothing practices will certainly make a huge difference in your life and career.