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Ditch These 10 Bad Work Habits to Succeed in 2021

Updated: May 22

2021 has arrived, and now's a great time to improve your work productivity. In fact, if you understand the impact of bad work habits, you can take steps to avoid these issues before they hamper your work performance.

Bad habits can hinder your ability to do your job as best as you can. They can also make you increasingly susceptible to errors and other performance problems that make it difficult to climb the corporate ladder and grow your career.

Make 2021 the time to eliminate bad work habits. Now, let's look at 10 bad work habits you need to ditch this year.

1. Forgoing Breaks and Meals

Resist the temptation to work through lunch and avoid work breaks. Remember, a break provides a golden opportunity to temporarily separate yourself from your work and revitalize your mind and body. Use each break wisely, and when you return to work, you'll feel ready to tackle any challenges that come your way.

2. Procrastinating

Avoid putting off tasks until the last possible moment. Instead, make a task list at the beginning of each workday and check off each task as you complete it. This will give you a great sense of accomplishment as you remove each task from your list over the course of a work day.

3. Working While Sick

If you feel ill, take time off from work. This enables you to relax, rest, and do what's necessary to overcome your illness. Plus, it reduces the risk that you'll inadvertently cause your coworkers to get sick.

4. Buying Work Lunches Every Day

Prepare a healthy and delicious lunch before each work shift. This ensures you can enjoy a homemade lunch at work. It also allows you to avoid buying work lunches, which can help you save money.

5. Failing to Maintain a Neat, Tidy Workspace

Clean up your workspace. Remove clutter from your work area and ensure pens, paper, and any other work essentials are easily accessible. When you set up a workspace you like, take a few minutes every day to keep it neat and tidy, too.

6. Avoiding Your Professional Network

Build your professional network via LinkedIn and other social media websites. Also, engage with coworkers and other industry colleagues via workshops, meetings, and conferences whenever possible.

7. Staying Out of the Classroom

Enroll in online courses and leverage other web tutorials to continuously enhance your existing skills and build new ones. Furthermore, you can sign up for work training programs and meet with your manager to discover new ways to contribute to your company's success.

8. Failing to Ask for Help

Engage with coworkers and ask them for assistance any time you are struggling to complete a task. You can also provide support to coworkers any time they ask for assistance.

9. Waiting Too Long to Make a Career Change

If you feel unhappy in your current job, don't wait to make a change. At this point, consider what makes you happy, evaluate your career goals, and establish a plan to make your career aspirations come true.

10. Avoiding the Job Market

Assess the job market and verify that you're on the right career path. If you find now may be the ideal time for a career change, you can begin your pursuit of your dream job right away.

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