Getting through the day and realizing you got absolutely nothing accomplished? Really not a good feeling. What can you do to avoid that? Avoid the five worst work habits!
I know what you’re thinking…uhm, Michelle, how does this help me be a better mom? You spend 8+ hours a day at work. If you are miserable there, you’re going to bring that home to your family.
I’ve been really good lately with making to-do lists, and journaling everything I do. Not only can I look back and see what I’ve done, but I don’t forget things as easily. The problem comes when there’s a task that I know will be a pain in the butt…like filing. It piles up and piles up…until it’s overwhelming. When I finally do get to it, it takes forever and I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time.
What if I file as I go? Imagine the possibilities. The paperwork doesn’t pile up, my desk looks nice and clean, and I have more space to work. I can focus better and the tasks isn’t always in the back of my mind, nagging me, using mental energy I need for the more complicated tasks.
Don’t put things off…just get them done so you don’t have to think about them anymore. You never know what the day will bring so it’s better to get things done as they come in.
2. Negative Attitude
You know the one, the person in the office that is ALWAYS in a bad mood. There’s always an excuse, their home life is bad. They don’t get the good assignments. They’re overworked. They’re underworked.
NOTHING makes them happy! If you ask them how they are doing, they respond “I’m hanging in there!” and BOOM, the whole office atmosphere just got depressing.
Negative people create negative energy. Negative energy decreases everyone’s morale No morale equals no productivity.
Don’t be the reason everyone is wandering around like zombies. One bat attitude can change the entire environment. Leave home and home, and find little things in life to make you smile. Make a cup of coffee, focus on a pretty plant, get excited about the day…only you can change your mindset.
Stagnancy? What does that mean? It’s probably the cause of the negative attitudes. People get bored…most get bored very easily. There’s a well-known law…an object at rest stays at rest. You don’t have to stay at rest.
Everyone can always improve the way they do things…focus on trying to improve your work processes. Is there a better way to schedule your day? Can you take classes? Can you take on extra assignments? Can you take on extra responsibilities? Can you make a game out of your job? Make goals…and exceed them.
4. Being a Bad Customer
I know what you’re thinking…Michelle, I help customers…I’m not the customer. Bullcrap! Everyone is a customer. Every time you interact with another person, in some way or form, you are a customer.
If someone helps you, thank them! If someone needs help, help them! If you are rude to people, they will be rude back. If everyone is rude to each other…not much is going to get accomplished. Eventually, in comes the stagnancy and negative attitudes.
5. Standing Alone
There isn’t one aspect in business where it’s beneficial for a person to be an island. Everyone has relationships. Everyone depends on another person.
Don’t feel like you can do everything yourself. Work on building beneficial relationships. Work on being a part of a team.