Success is not stumbled upon. It’s never a mistake. If there is such a case, it could be one out of a million. To rely on luck and base our next move and plans on the promise of a one in a million chance of stumbling on success in our work or career will be very detrimental (to say the least). The only way is to do the work that will produce results and so you have to learn how to develop healthy working habits.
What work should be put in? That is not the context of this discourse. Let us assume you have figured out what you must do to achieve success.
Most of the time, figuring that out and putting what one has learned into practice are on opposite ends of a different universe. It is a common misconception that knowing what to do and being willing to do it go hand in hand. They absolutely do not, and as for sheer will, it can only go so far.
The most effective way to turn your life around is habit and habits are formed through repetition. It works in both ways, negative and positive. Of course, you know what way we are referring to.
HOW CAN YOU BUILD A HEALTHY WORKING HABIT?
Consider reprogramming your mind so that you always act in your best interests without having to will yourself to do the smallest things productively and then, imagine applying that in the work environment.
Building a productive habit may be the way to go, and these are ten approaches to consider.
1. Do Not Hit the Snooze Button.
You’re not alone if looking at your alarm clock makes you groan. When that blaring tone awakens you from your sound sleep at 4 a.m., it takes everything you have not to throw your alarm clock across the room. However, hitting the snooze button does more harm than good.
If you press the snooze button for even five minutes, your body will believe you are falling back asleep. When you wake up for the second time, you’ll be groggy and unmotivated to get moving.
Set up your alarm clock across the room. It will force you to get up out of bed and start your day on the first ring, or at least we hope it will. How you start your day has a huge impact on how most of your day might unfold, so try to be mindful of that.
2. Stay Hydrated.
You hear it all the time: Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Why is water so vital to the body? It aids in the delivery of oxygen, the regulation of body temperature, eliminating waste, and much more.
While some vegetables and fruits (such as watermelon) contain a significant amount of water, experts advocate consuming as much water as possible. Furthermore, when your body is adequately hydrated, you will feel more energized. Need some flavor? Add fresh fruit to give your water a refreshing twist to add flavor.
3. Take a Mental Break.
Working on the same activity for hours on end might sometimes lead to a dead end. Your thoughts may not flow, or you may be unable to solve the situation. When this occurs, it is important to take a mental break. Please note that this does not imply wasting hours on social media. Just take a few steps away from the situation at that moment.
To remind yourself to take breaks, use a pomodoro timer or set an alarm on your phone. Short breaks between tasks have been shown to enhance productivity by allowing you to focus and feel successful while tracking your progress.
4. Respect and Meet Deadlines.
Completing work on time shows accountability and the ability to complete things efficiently. However, if you find it difficult to follow through, you could create short-term goals for yourself and your team. Prepare a to-do list and schedule your work ahead of time to better deal with deadlines. This can be used as a plan of action to help you focus on the task at hand.
Furthermore, achieving and appreciating small wins will set the foundation for greater success.
5. Learn How to Manage Time.
If you take a lengthy lunch break, gossip, or discuss personal issues at work, it wastes excellent office hours, and if you have caught the social media fever, it is important to know that only you can stop yourself from getting into trouble at work.
You can also lose focus, which might disrupt your work-life balance. To establish a healthier working habit, you should try to prioritize your duties, avoid multitasking, and minimize distractions in your workspace. Adopting a project management tool to track how much time you spend on tasks and projects might also be helpful, especially for remote workers. These apps can also help you improve your core work skills and handle personal duties more efficiently.
6. Take Care of Yourself.
It is very easy to get so lost in work that you forget to do the little things that would help to make you happy, healthy and even boost your morale. Make out time to do the activities you like, whether in the morning, at lunch, or after work, to help you de-stress and focus on what’s important to you.
Also, take note on what you eat because it has a considerable influence on focus and energy. Healthy eating encourages you to eat smaller lunches and dinners, which might avoid you from overeating and falling asleep.
Assess your posture, eyesight, and blood flow. In these areas, self-awareness can save you from a plethora of aches, pains, and injuries.
7. Declutter and keep your workspace clean.
A well-organized workspace can help with concentration and planning. It’s also essential to clean your desk on a regular basis. You do not want to stay stuck in a physical mess while working.
Create a personalized organizational system to arrange assignments and tasks. Use cleansing wipes or antiseptic spray to wipe down the surface of your desk and gadgets.
8. Avoid Procrastination.
You’d probably prefer to read through your social media feeds during office hours than finish a project you dislike. However, putting off crucial tasks simply makes matters worse, and then you have passed the deadline.
Do not let the dread of deadlines overwhelm you, so if a task is bothering you, you might as well finish it. Stay focused on the task at hand and always finish what you start.
9. Be Organized.
At work, you don’t have to be the “go big or go home” type of organizer. Start by clearing up a crowded daily schedule, taking important notes, and setting work checklists, and then continue to make progress from there.
You can also use a task management software to manage your tasks and build this positive work habit. These tools might help you stay organized by monitoring deadlines and tracking tasks.
These will undoubtedly make your life easier, but the most essential thing is to practice these, or whatever else you select, for a long enough and consistent enough period that they become habits that are virtually automatic and beyond your control.
Habits are formed and developed.