By Michelle Wanjiku
If you are not happy at your workplace, then chances are that you are also not giving it your best, and this could affect your performance. Studies have shown that being happy at work can greatly boost your productivity, which in turn leads to career growth.
In this article, see some bad work habits that are keeping you unhappy and unproductive at work and how getting rid of them will improve your career.
1. Skipping breaks and meals
Yes, you really need to finish that project or report, however, unless you are dealing with a real emergency, you are entitled to a break.
A break will help you relieve stress and come back to work fresh. Take time to walk around and experience some fresh air. This will help you avoid fatigue.
2. Winging it on Mondays
One way to ensure you succeed at something is to always ensure you are prepared for it. The same should apply to your work, you should always prepare for the next week well in advance.
How you start week will define how you end it most of the time. If you want to have a productive week, start your Monday off by being well prepared.
For example, if you have a meeting, prepare for it well and also go through everything you need to do for that week.
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I’ll do it tomorrow, how many times do you find yourself saying this?
If you want to be productive and grow in your career, then you need to ensure that you avoid pushing tasks to the next day as much as possible.
Procrastination doesn’t do you any good. If anything, it increases your tasks for the next day. Not only that, you will end up rushing the project and not doing it to the best of your ability which will bring down your productivity.
4. Neglecting your network
The importance of networking in your career cannot be emphasized enough. In order to grow your career, you need to network.
This means that you need to ensure you are in constant communication with them. Networking does not end after you have met a few people at an event. You need to continuously keep in touch with all these people in order to build relationships with them.
By staying in communication, you stay in the minds of your networks and when an opportunity comes up that could be perfect for you, they will remember to recommend you.
5. Being too lazy to learn
A great way to ensure you always grow in your career is by continuous learning. There will always be something new in your industry that you need to get updated on.
Not only that, but improving your soft skills is also a great way to improve your chances of growing at work.
Whatever it is, you should always be willing to learn something new that can boost your career.
Getting rid of these bad habits will greatly improve your chances of growing your career and will make you happier at work. Bad habits won’t just disappear in a day; you will need to actually work on them.