Breaking Bad Habits at Work

2009 November 17
by Kate O'Neill

Creative Commons License photo credit: the_progressive

Over at WebWorkerDaily, there’s a great article called Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: How to Break Bad Work Habits. Karen Leland admits that impatience is her bad habit, and it affects her work:

In terms of how it’s affected my productivity at work, I’m embarrassed to say that my impatience has led to countless instances of emails sent in a hurry, which only needed to be retracted or clarified latter; decisions made on quick assumptions — that turned out to be wrong — and occasional crankiness with those around me who are not moving fast enough.

She goes on to list steps to break bad habits, including naming the habit and setting up alternate actions to get around the habitual behavior.

How have you overcome bad habits at work?

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  1. 2009 November 18
    Michael H. permalink

    I’m still working on it. My bad habit is distractions. Making a todo list in the morning helps — as does the Firefox plugin “LeechBlock”, which can let you limit the amount of time you spend on web browsing non-work-related sites. However, for someone work from home, it’s just very tough some days.

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