Leonardo Da Vinci “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
How do successful individuals form positive habits? How can you avoid being stuck in a rut at work? Can you form better, more productive habits or change the ones that might be holding you back?
Consider the challenges you are currently facing at work and what new habit might help you resolve them?
Here are a few effective ways to form better habits:
Do you have a post-lunch slump or a period of the day where you find it harder to concentrate?
Moving more frequently throughout the day can boost your attention span, improve your general health and make you more productive.
Things to try:
Do you find that you’re always trying to avoid catching the office cold?
Increasing time spent in green space and getting more sunlight can boost your natural immune system, improve your mood and help you think strategically. Is there a park near your office where you could take a lunchtime walk? Can you keep a pot plant on your desk? If you can’t get outside, why not invest in a desk lamp that replicates natural sunlight?
Are you looking to boost your analytical, listening or memory skills, to give you the edge at your next promotion?
Learning a new language is an effective way to develop these skills. Recent psycho-linguistic research has shown that even a short language course (one-week) can be enough to increase your attention span.
Does anyone in your workplace speak a second language? Would they be willing to teach you some of it in exchange for sharing your expertise?
Are you interested in increasing your skills in a new field or broadening your career opportunities?
Volunteering can be a great way to broaden your skill base, get more experience, and learn about a different industry, and it’s a very effective networking opportunity.
Some companies offer time in lieu for volunteering. Others combine volunteering with their team-building days. Have you checked which opportunities are available on your intranet or talked with your HR department?
What happens when work deadlines take priority and your new habit gets side-lined?
Be objective and fair to yourself. There’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Learn from this and if you forget your new habit one time, start again as soon as you remember.
So, you’ve decided on a new habit you want to form?
Here are some ways to make it stick:
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