Do bad habits reduce your productivity? Replace the bad with better to achieve your goals.

Bad habits really do reduce your productivity and stop you achieving your goals. In many cases, your bad habit is a simple way to cope with stress or boredom. You'll find they go away when you’re focused and motivated. So why do we do them and how can we stop?

A typical bad habit at work is checking your inbox all the time - why? Because it distracts you from the task you're working on or conversation you're having. Why do you do it? It might be because something is urgent but more often than not it's FOMO - you want to feel connected. You know that looking at all of those emails destroys your productivity, divides your attention, and in turn reduces your productivity so adds to your stress.

That's a bad habit.

Acknowledging bad habits and identifying the cause of them is the key to changing them. According to motivational coach James Clear, "humans are wired to seek the path of least resistance, which means the most convenient option is often the winning option". In other words, making change convenient is essential to replace a bad habit with a good one.

Here's how...

1. Look at what causes/prompts/enables your bad habits? Note how it impacts or disrupts you. Disable the cause. Leave your phone at your desk during meetings. Switch off your newsfeed during working hours. Don't keep chocolate in your desk drawer...

2. Replace the bad habit with a better one. Remember we seek the path of least resistance so (metaphorically speaking) ban phone use during meetings, check email at the end of each Pomodoro and have fruit on your desk instead of chocolate...

3. Recognise as soon as you fall back into your habit and correct it immediately. It doesn't make you a failure but don't fall into the trap of "I've messed up today so I'll start again tomorrow".

So here’s a challenge! Next time you have the urge to check the news, eBay, Facebook or whatever your vice is, go to Performalise instead. That way you break the bad habit (and potentially save money!) whilst skilling up for your next assignment.

What's your advice for breaking bad habits? We'd love to hear from you...

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