10 Habits to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

No matter who you are, the chances are good that you have some bad habits that you could benefit from breaking. While it might not be easy to do so, you’re going to see the benefits of doing so. The following are some of the top habits that you should consider breaking and eliminating from your routine if they currently exist.

Using Technology In Bed

This never used to be a problem, but nowadays, using technology such as your phone, tablet or computer in bed is one of the worst things you can do for your sleep. It will severely harm your sleep and your productivity. The blue light that these devices give off affects your mood, energy and quality of sleep. At night, your brain is not expecting any blue light which makes you sensitive to it. The best thing to do would be to avoid these devices after you eat your dinner for the night. TV is okay, as long as you are sitting far enough away from the TV.

Surfing the Internet

To fully focus and engage on a task at hand, you have to work on it for 15 minutes. When you get into a rhythm or flow when you’re working, you can be up to 5 times more productive. However, if you decide to take a break to look at the score of a game or check something on social media, you immediately disrupt this flow, and you will not longer be focused on your task at hand. If you continue to surf throughout the day, you may never enter a flow.

Multiple Notifications

While you might like knowing every single time something happens, or you get a text or email, it is not one of the best ideas regarding productivity. By getting a notification every time, you’re going to find yourself constantly looking at your phone. The best thing you can so is group your notifications together and check them at the same times throughout the day

Using Phone During Conversations

Not only will this be good for you, but it is just common courtesy for you to practice when you are engaging in a conversation with someone. There is nothing that is more annoying or disruptive than looking down at your phone in the middle of a conversation. If you commit yourself to a conversation, you should focus all of your energy on that conversation. If you are immersed in the discussion, you may find it much more enjoyable.

Saying “Yes” Too Often

The University of California found that the harder it is for you to say no to people, the more likely you are to be stressed or even depressed. “No” is powerful and a lot of people don’t want to say it. While you shouldn’t say no to everything that comes up, it’s important to understand that there is nothing wrong with saying no every once and awhile.

Letting People Bother You

No matter who you are or what you do, there are always going to be people that get under your skin. The more you let them bother you, the worse it is going to be for you. There are enough people in your life that deserve your attention, so make sure you are giving it to them instead.

Multitasking In Meetings

Never give anything half of your attention, especially when it comes to meetings. If you think that there is a meeting that doesn’t deserve your full attention, then you probably shouldn’t be at the meeting. And if the meeting is worth your full attention, then you need to give it exactly that. Multitasking is always a huge no-no.

Spreading Gossip

This goes back to high school, but you should never spread or promote the gossip that you might hear in or around the office. The more you gossip, the more it is going to hurt people and the worse it is going to make you feel.

Not Taking A Chance

You shouldn’t decide not to take a chance because you fear that you might fail. Everything in life is going to take some time to develop, and it is important that you give yourself the time to devote to those ideas. While you may not know if you’re going to succeed, that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

Comparing Yourself

No matter what you do, the worst thing to happen would be to start comparing yourself to other people in your life or in your line of work. If there’s something that you feel good about, then make sure that you don’t let anyone use their opinion against you to make you feel bad. Don’t let those opinions bring you down. Remember, no matter what people say about you, you will never be as good or as bad as they claim.

While there are a lot of habits in your life that you may feel you need to break, these ten habits are some of the first ones you should consider breaking if they are currently part of your daily routine.

Here’s How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Having a bad day? Those frustrating and stressful ones that we just want to be over. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. It happens to the best of people.

Anything can tip you over the edge. From having a run-in with your boss, spilling coffee on your white shirt or simply being greeted with over a 100 emails when you settle in on a Monday morning and when things like this happen, it sets the tone for the rest of the day and you feel like you nothing achieve anything.

Now, having a positive mindset can significantly boost your productiveness and outlook, by 31% to be precise. So this is a great reason why you should try and look on the bright side of life. But there is more you can do to try and help you beat those sluggish days. Spend at least half an hour doing something different from your normal tasks can help you reset your mood and give you the positive attitude to keep rolling on with your day.

So, if you’re having a bad day and are wanting to turn it around, take a look at the infographic below, created by the team over at Headway Capital, and find out how you can make light of even the worse days.

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7 Things to Do on Your Lunch Break

Lunch time. The time to chow down on that salad sandwich you made the night before and then not realise you’ve spilt mustard on your white shirt until Ben from accounts politely informs you that you have. Thanks, Ben.

But lunchtime is more than a break for eating, it’s time to recharge that hard working brain of yours. And, this is why making the most of your lunch break is so important.

But some people don’t take breaks at all,

 

 

Some people just wolf down what they do have in 60 seconds,

 

 

But sometimes people overlook the importance of lunch because they had a healthy/large breakfast and dinner is only around the corner. Well, forget food for a second, taking a solid lunch break will increase your creativity and productivity, reduce stress and improve collaboration.

So rather than skipping your well-deserved break, take advantage of this time. There’s only one outcome that can come from this and that’s that it will benefit you. So sit down with a colleague and socialise,

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or you could take a quick power nap, get up and move around or call that special someone in your life. There are multiple ways you can recharge your brain and prepare for the rest of the day.

So we found a great infographic to help you get the most out of your break. Check out weekdone.com‘s infographic below for how and what you can do during this vital time of the day.

 

 

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We now hope you think twice before you skip your next lunch break and if you don’t because of this article, well,

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Changing a Company’s Culture

The overall culture of a company is paramount to its success. But, sometimes it is not ideal and needs to be changed. Although this is not an easy task, it is important. If your company is in need of a cultural overhaul, try following these guidelines to get back on the right track.

Raise The Bar

If you do not have high expectations of your employees and your management, then you will not get favourable results. On the other hand, when you expect more of everyone across the board, everyone’s improved efforts will show in better results. The added benefit is that this result shines right through and positively affects your customers as well.

Recognise That Unhappy Employees Negatively Influence Others

It is not hard to identify an unhappy employee. They often have bad attitudes, talk poorly about the company, and spread rumours. These actions can damage relationships with clients as well as coworkers. Disgruntled employees do the bare minimum to get the job done and do not extend themselves any further than necessary. You can turn this type of bad attitude around by paying more attention to these employees. Listen to their concerns and insights. Let them know their ideas and opinions are valued. In just a short amount of time, their attitudes will turn around and many of these people may even become leaders for your organisation.

Let Employees Provide Feedback

Employees want to know that they are being listened to. You need to go beyond asking for comments and allowing questions after a meeting, though. Since not everyone is comfortable stating their opinions in a public forum, it is essential to provide a way for employees to offer feedback anonymously. Try using collaborative tools to help improve the channels of communication between you and your employees.

Do Not Punish Employees For Complaining or Offering Criticism

Although it may be your first instinct to punish anyone who criticises something that is going on in the company,  you must avoid doing so. A better tactic is to take the criticism and try to learn from it. Work together with the employee to find a solution that is beneficial for everyone. In situations such as this, it is a good idea to use anonymous feedback tools to show your employees they can say whatever they need to without fearing retribution.

Do Not Leave Employee Ideas or Questions Unaddressed

The best way to show your employees that you do not care is to avoid addressing an issue they brought to you. Regardless of how busy you are, make sure you make time to address every issue an employee brings to you. Always make sure your employees know the lines of communication are open.

Own Up to Your Mistakes

Even though you are the boss, you are still human. That means you can make mistakes, just like your employees can. If an employee is brave enough to point out that you made a mistake, then you need to be humble enough to own up to it and accept responsibility for it. An employee may have a solution for it that you did not previously think of. When you allow your employees to see your fallible side, they will likely have more respect for you in the long run.

If your company culture is not where you think it should be, take the time to implement these steps. You will notice a positive turnaround almost immediately.

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How to Have a Better Conversation

Conversation is a part of human nature. We’ve been communicating for as long as we can remember. Conversation is an opportunity to meet someone new, bond over common interests, share stories, learn something new and feel that spark of connection.

Now, I think conversation is a skill that we all claim we’re good at or at least can ‘participate’ in. Regardless of how good our banter is, we can all move our mouths and communicate with the person next to us. But what if the conversations that we’re having aren’t that great? What if we’re not actually really paying attention to the person who’s telling us what they did last weekend or what happened to them when they went overseas last month?

In this world, which every conversation has the potential to break out into an argument, everyone has a point of view and are less likely to compromise, it means we’re not listening to each other. We make decisions about crucial life choices, like who we marry, who our friends are and where we live, based on what we already believe. Again showing that we aren’t listening. Conversation requires a balance of talking and listening, and somewhere along the way we lost that balance.

Celeste Headlee, who has worked as a radio host for decades, knows the special herbs and spices to a great conversation. Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. Check out her Ted Talk below as she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations.

 

Enjoyed this talk? Head on over to Ted to watch more. There’s a topic on almost everyhting.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

In today’s world, a lot of what we have is never enough. We get that new smartphone we’ve always wanted but then we’re told we have got to get a better one. We get a new car but, we’ve got to get a better one to keep up with the neighbours. Got a new job? Great! Now we’ve got to get a better job.

If we’re raised to believe that if we work hard and get a good job we can do the things we want and get the things we want, we’ll be happy. But if we’re always changing the goal post to believe that there is always something better, are we pushing happiness over the horizon?

Psychologist Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc., took to the Ted Stage to share his thoughts & finding to show that happiness inspires us to be more productive. Take a look at his fast moving and very funny talk below.

 

Enjoyed this talk? Head on over to Ted and have browse. There’s something for everyone.

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