Do you consider yourself to have good or bad habits? Every one of us has habits we practice daily. These types of patterns can help us get more done, or not as productive as we may think. I consider myself to have good habits for work, but I have my weak spots as well. Based on reading a recent article, I found a good habits chart that can help you be more productive.
Good habits chart
Sometimes, we may need to change our habits if we struggle to get our priorities taken care of. It wasn’t until last year I realized I needed to change my practices to improve my productivity. I could write a post on the bad habits I used to have, but I would be doing my readers a disservice. Instead, I will go over better practices to make yourself more productive at work.
Good habits chart: Tiny Habits
BJ Fogg (Ph.D.), a Stanford University behavior scientist, has been studying habits for nearly three decades. One problem he identifies that people have is they think “too big.” Rather than going big, Fogg suggests by starting small, creating new habits. Fogg writes in his new book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything:
“It’s all about baby steps…When you go tiny, you don’t need to rely on willpower or motivation. Tiny will grow bigger, just like a seed grows into a tree,”
There are 12 small habits that Fogg mentions in his book. In this post, I will go over the first six habits. The other six posts will be reviewed in a post next week.
Tip # 1
After I sit down at my desk, I will put my phone on do not disturb mode.
I’ve gotten better at putting my phone away whenever I’m working on a project. Before, I would keep my phone nearby and grab it every few minutes or so. I knew that was a big distraction and kept me less focused. As an iPhone user, I turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode and put it far away when I need to stay focused. Especially with smartphones, people can get hooked into the notifications and noises coming out of them.
Tip # 2
After I close my office door, I will organize one item that’s lying around.
I’m really good at organizing things. But every once and a while, I tend to ignore one thing that’s not in the right place. With this easy tip, you can become more organized by moving one item, not in its place. At least organizing one item into a better spot is better than doing nothing on a given day.
Tip # 3
After I finish reading e-mail, I will close the e-mail browser tab.
A lot of people I know don’t do this. Once they finish going through email, they may leave it open if a new email comes in. That’s the problem: if you didn’t plan on checking your email a few minutes later, you’re taking away valuable time to get meaningful things done. I’m someone who plans to check email at a specific time (half-hour a day). Anytime outside of that, I focus on other priorities. So remember to close your email tab once done- it’s effortless!
Tip # 4
After I launch a new Word doc, I will hide all other programs running on my computer.
When you’re writing a report through a word/google doc, make sure you’re focused on creating the report. Everything else should be closed, except for notes or articles. When I write my content posts, other things I’ll have up are notes (research) or reports to assist in writing—no email, surfing on the internet, or absolutely no social media.
Tip # 5
After I find myself mindlessly browsing social media, I will log out.
Speaking of social media, many people find themselves scrolling through social media unnecessarily. I used to be one of those people in the past. But I’ve gotten better at keeping my time at a minimum. Some people tend to mindlessly scroll through social because they’re bored or want to kill time. Maybe on a rare occasion, that’s fine, but you don’t want to make it a bad habit. So if you find yourself in this situation, then it’s time to log out of social.
Tip # 6
After I sit down at a meeting, I will write the title, the date, and the attendees at the top of my notes.
Let’s face it: meetings can be annoying and a waste of time if not used wisely. But since they’re inevitable, you mind as well take advantage of making them meaningful. Instead of sitting in and being reactive, be proactive whenever possible. Writing down simple things at the top of your notes means you’re going to make the most out of them.
I used to have a supervisor who kept track of everything in all of our meetings. I thought it was a little over the top, but now I understand why. Little things such as writing down notes can be used later. It’s also a good way to keep things on track and not only hold other people accountable but yourself as well.
Well, those are the first six tips Fogg lays out in his book Tiny Habits. From my experience, some of them are easy to implement. Other ones might be more challenging when starting. I think the big ones are checking your phone and scrolling through social media. I think if people had more discipline over electronics, they would be far less distracted. But as Fogg mentions, the key is to think small and work your way up to accomplishing bigger goals.
Do you have any good habits? Which of the patterns mentioned earlier are you willing to practice?
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Make sure to check back next week for part two on the other six habits.