It’s the beginning of a new year and as you look back on the previous year, there are inevitably things that you could change, either personally or professionally, to make yourself more successful. Sure, there may be things that are out of your control, but what about the things you CAN control? Changing these 4 bad habits can help guide you to a more successful year within the workplace.
1. BAD ATTITUDE:
This is huge. Whether you’re client-facing or speak to customers over the phone, they more-than-likely can tell by body language or the tone of your voice that you have a bad attitude. It is proven that if you go into each day with a positive attitude, you will have a better day overall. And who wants to work with someone who has a bad attitude? Not only will a positive outlook be noticed by peers but it can better your chances for a promotion, people will see you as a positive role model and it can help you cope with stressful situations.
2. ENGAGING IN NEGATIVITY:
It’s easy to get caught up in workplace gossip/negativity. Many times, when co-workers vent, it’s so easy to lend an ear. Not only is this toxic behavior for you but it effects the overall morale of employees. Instead of engaging in this behavior, look at it as an opportunity to improve behavior by controlling your response with a positive one.
There’s always room for improvement. If you consistently look for ways to improve yourself, whether it be your work ethic or even personal aspects of your life, you gain a feeling of self-satisfaction and contentment. Don’t stop educating and pushing yourself on whatever industry you reside in.
People who are consistent procrastinators aren’t good at managing their time effectively, have trouble motivating themselves, and make excuses for putting off work. If a project is overwhelming, try breaking the task up into small goals and create timelines for these small increments. If there are a ton of small projects on your plate, try prioritizing the list to make it easier to attack.
While there are many other factors that go into being successful in the workplace, these are small changes that you can make TODAY that will make a huge difference.