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How To Create Good Work Habits

May 31, 2008
In Focus and On the Job

New habits do not have to be cultivated overnight; but they do have to be built up over time and applied successfully to every task. If you study any small productive action that you perform on a daily basis, you will see the positive effects over days, weeks, months and even years!

Every attempt at absorbing the latest updates within your industry or pursuing additional education enhances your level of knowledge, expertise and authority. This enhancement only results in positive returns, as far as your career is concerned.

Given below are some of the work habits that you need to develop to be successful:

-Task Listing: Make an attempt to religiously maintain a list of tasks to be completed - and adhere to the list, no matter what happens in the rest of the day (of course, barring emergencies). Put the list somewhere where it is clearly visible, such as at your workstation and update it through the day.

-Meditation: If you have a tendency to feel stressed out, try meditating for at least 15 minutes in the morning and evening, or whenever you have time. Meditating can help clear your mind and focus on the tasks at hand.

-Clearing e-Clutter: To deal with your work and clear the e-clutter, reply to e-mails immediately after reading them. This habit is an extremely rewarding one. It not only enables you to save time, but also saves you the trouble of unnecessarily going through your mail again. It also greatly reduces the clutter in the inbox.

-Homework: Avoid carrying work home, even if you are tempted to do so. This is a great way to balance your work and personal life. There's no way you can be focused on your family or personal time if you're constantly working. Everyone needs downtime. Make yours a priority.

-Goal Setting: Be very clear about your goals. You should be very clear about the result you want, and accordingly focus on the habits that you need to develop.

Identifying "Profitable" Habits

You need to carefully identify which habits are the most essential to develop in helping you reach your goals. If you want to be a part of management, it is important for you to have excellent time management skills. On the other hand, if you want to get better at the technology in use at the workplace, then you need to consider developing the habit of reading at least one article from any good technical journal every day.
You should always review your goals and plan a daily action list based on them. It is important to develop conscious habits in all spheres of your life; not only will it help you to become more productive, it is also extremely rewarding.

You should put these strategies in place immediately and if by chance, you break a habit on any particular day, start the exercise all over again. By developing good work habits, you will be able to move closer to your goals and feel a greater sense of joy, the natural associate of self-discipline.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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