Avoid these bad work habits for success
Do you find yourself saying “tomorrow” too much when it comes to completing a task, or often take on more assignments than you can handle? If so, it may be time to put an end to those habits, as they can be detrimental to your life in and out of the office.
These common workplace habits are just a few from Forbes' list of things you should quit doing to be more successful. Inspired by a viral video where a woman quit her job by dancing to a Kanye West song, leadership columnist Molly Cain came up with some pointers for employees to follow so that they don’t “get stuck in a hamster wheel of habit.”
“We do things that aren’t good for us, remain where we shouldn’t and put ourselves through voluntary suffering all in the name of comfort,” Cain says. “We don’t know these things are damaging, because it’s normal to us.”
Cain praised the woman in the viral video, writer Marina V. Shifrin, for quitting because she was unhappy with her job and how her manager handled business, and stood up for what she believed in. Cain isn’t saying that employees should quit their jobs, but should improve on certain aspects of their lives that could make them happier.
Here are some habits to avoid:
1. Always saying tomorrow. It’s time to put an end to procrastinating; whether it’s a task you’re putting off at work, or something else in your life, such as a trip to the gym. “Every day you wait to start is another day you’re not helping yourself,” Cain says.
2. Always saying yes. When you say yes to something, you're usually compromising on something else. For example, when you say yes to a bad review from your boss, you’re saying no to having great work appreciated. Don’t always just say yes because it may seem easier at the time; instead take some time to analyze what you’re compromising on and if it’s truly worth it.
3. Expecting too much. Instead of waiting around for that promotion, it may be time to ask about it. “It’s very rare for a company to proactively promote someone at a fast pace,” Cain says. Don’t expect your boss to know exactly what you want. If you really want a promotion or another position with the company, don’t just wait around – go for it!