How to leave bad habits in 2018

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No­body’s per­fect – we all have some bad habits and, usu­ally, good in­ten­tions to ditch them.

How­ever it can be hard to fo­cus on break­ing those habits when you’re get­ting on with the work­ing week.

But as we’re about to en­ter a new year, now is a great time to do away with our bad ways once and for all, and fo­cus on pos­i­tive prac­tices in­stead.

We’ve rounded up five com­mon vices that we would all be bet­ter with­out in the work­place, and tips on how to over­come them. Here’s to a more pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive New Year!

1. Pro­cras­ti­na­tion. We all do it. And while tak­ing some time out to think or day­dream is def­i­nitely jus­ti­fi­able at times, it’s also pretty ob­vi­ous when this turns into pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Over­com­ing it is all about mak­ing lit­tle ad­just­ments so that you change the cy­cle.

Break the task you’re putting off into smaller steps, try work­ing some­where else for a while, and make your­self a de­tailed time­line with spe­cific dead­lines.

Also, do your­self a favour by elim­i­nat­ing dis­trac­tions: switch your phone to silent, close all the un­nec­es­sary tabs on your browser and de­ac­ti­vate all no­ti­fi­ca­tions un­til you get the job done. You can do it!

2. Let­ting emo­tions get the bet­ter of you at work. We can all get worked up if we’re feel­ing snowed-un­der with tasks or finding cer­tain peo­ple dif­fi­cult to deal with.

But it pays to re­mem­ber that work isn’t the end of the world, and not to let our emo­tions over­flow there.

So take five and go for a walk to clear your head, or talk to a friend.

And if you are hav­ing a par­tic­u­larly tough time, there is ab­so­lutely no harm in ask­ing for help, whether that’s from your boss, a co-worker, HR or an ex­ter­nal helpline.

Pro­fes­sion­al­ism is im­por­tant, but your well-be­ing is more so. Seek help if you need it. 3. Bad lan­guage. It’s all good as long as the boss doesn’t hear it, right?

Well, not if you’re con­cerned with com­ing across as po­lite, pro­fes­sional and re­spectable.

Call it old-fash­ioned, but many peo­ple find swear­ing and foul lan­guage in­ap­pro­pri­ate at work.

If you use pro­fan­i­ties around oth­ers, it may get back to those in charge, or worse, un­in­ten­tion­ally of­fend some­one. So keep the curs­ing at home – you could be amazed at what kind of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties open up as a re­sult!

4. Spreading ru­mours or neg­a­tively talk­ing about col­leagues. While it can be in­tox­i­cat­ingly fun to take part in, gos­sip is a dan­ger zone when it comes to work.

Telling tales about co-work­ers, whether un­founded or other­wise, can end badly for ev­ery­one, dam­ag­ing feel­ings and your chances to move up at work.

So, keep it pro­fes­sional by po­litely ex­cus­ing your­self if some­one tries to en­gage you in gos­sip. And if it’s about you, take the high ground and try to re­solve it with the per­son. If that doesn’t work, in­form your boss – they are ob­li­gated to try to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

5. Run­ning late. Whether it’s re­peat­edly get­ting to work af­ter you’re sup­posed to, strug­gling to get to meet­ings on time or miss­ing ap­point­ments, run­ning late can be a prob­lem for many of us.

But there are ways you can make it eas­ier for your­self – set your watch or phone to be 10 min­utes fast, get your gear and out­fit or­gan­ised the night be­fore work, and plan your route to ap­point­ments so that you stay ahead of the curve and on time.

It can be done, it just re­quires a bit of per­se­ver­ance and pa­tience with your­self.

6. Above all, don’t be too hard on your­self. We all have things we need to work on, and now is an ex­cel­lent time to get crack­ing on them!

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