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6 Bad Habits For Work & How to Eradicate Them
By: Scott Weston | Jul 7, 2022 | Health and Safety

Habits can be both positive and negative, influencing various aspects of our lives, including health, productivity and overall well-being.

Establishing good habits and breaking bad ones often involves understanding and modifying the triggers, behaviours and rewards associated with the behaviour.

When it comes to habits, you can probably admit you have a couple (or a few) bad ones! Those bad habits aren’t exclusive to your work life. They can manifest outside of work, and impact your productivity whilst at work, eventually playing a part in your long term success.

When it comes to positive results for work, here are some bad habits worth getting rid of:

1. Procrastination

A bad habit that is definitely worth getting rid of is procrastination, which is a silent killer of productivity and personal development.

Delaying tasks not only adds stress, but also hinders progress. You can break the cycle of procrastination by creating a realistic to do list, setting deadlines and tackling tasks one step at a time. Embracing a proactive approach can lead to increased efficiency and a sense of accomplishment.

2. Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is another habit worth getting rid of. Your thoughts have a powerful impact on your actions and emotions.

Constant negative self-talk can erode self-esteem and hinder personal growth. Challenge and reframe negative thoughts by focusing on your strengths and achievements.

3. Sedentary Lifestyle

In an era dominated by technology, it’s easy to fall into the trap of a sedentary lifestyle. Break the habit of prolonged sitting by incorporating regular physical activity into your routine, whether it’s a daily walk, gym sessions or home workouts.

Staying active is crucial for maintaining physical health and preventing various lifestyle related diseases.

4. Unhealthy Eating Habits

Unhealthy eating, mindless eating, excessive snacking and consuming processed foods can lead to various health issues. Replace unhealthy eating patterns with mindful eating habits, and focus on incorporating whole foods, consuming balanced meals and staying hydrated.

Building a nutritious diet supports overall well-being, boosts energy levels, and contributes to a healthier lifestyle.

5. Excessive Screen Time

Constant needs staring at screens, be it smartphones, computers or televisions can negatively impact both physical and mental health. Set boundaries on screen time. Take regular breaks and engage in activities that don’t involve screens. Using screens late at night can impact sleep patterns. Prioritise real world interactions, outdoor activities and hobbies that contribute to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

6. Ignoring Mental Health

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to neglect mental health. Avoiding or downplay pain, stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns can have serious consequences. It’s important to prioritise self-care. Seek support when needed and practice stress reducing activities such as meditation or mindfulness. Acknowledging and addressing mental health is crucial for overall well-being.

Breaking bad habits is a transformative journey that requires self-awareness, commitment and patience. By letting go of procrastination, negative self-talk, a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating, excessive screen time, and neglecting mental health, you pave the way for a healthier, more fulfilling life. Embrace positive changes and watch as your new habits shape a better version of you.

The above information is from one part of an 8 part online training video program titled “Pathways … The Person in the Mirror.”  A personalised learning experience where each participant is asked a series of questions and their responses lead them to those modules that suit their level of knowledge and needs.