While we never set out to develop bad habits, unfortunately, things can happen over the course of our professional lives. It may be a rushed day here or a disorganized sale there, but eventually, those less-than-ideal traits end up hanging around for way too long.
If this is the case, you could be losing business and affecting your rapport with clients, all without even realizing it. And, your bad habits may very well be getting in the way of your professional success. With that in mind, you should be on the lookout for places where you can improve, get rid of the negatives and grow unhindered.
In order to do just that, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you ditch all your bad habits in the workplace:
Identify areas where habits can form
The first step on the path to recovery is to realize where you have bad habits in your job. In an article for Inman News, Brittany Fritsch wrote that the natural chaos of the industry has caused many agents to learn how to get from the start to the finish as quickly as possible, with little thought to how hectic things are in the middle.
This can mean many professionals are actually trained to navigate complicated, convoluted deals. However, those types of transactions should be few and far between, so you shouldn't be in the habit of doing this in the first place. Fritsch explained a few places in your business where bad habits can catch up to you.
For example, she pointed to your brand as one place affected by these negative traits. If agents are working in increasingly chaotic deals, they are likely not promoting the brand successfully. Then, your customer base may not be growing, even if you are closing deals. This can also impact your professional liability, as you might be doing whatever it takes to get the transaction closed, without thinking about your long-term business goals in the process.
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Shake your bad habits
Once you know where and how your bad habits are affecting your business, you can take steps to remove those traits and start moving in the right direction. As explained by Herb Schaffner in an article for CBS MoneyWatch, the authors of "Change Anything, The New Science of Personal Success" detailed several effective ways to become smarter and more productive at work.
For starters, you should first find a moment in your professional career that can act as a "wake up call," Schaffner noted. This will be when you believe your bad habits impacted you in a negative fashion, thus serving as motivation for change. Then, you can pinpoint the bad behaviors that contributed to that moment.
Once that is done, you can set yourself goals to prevent this negative experience from ever happening again. Use motivational tactics, like a positive message written on your phone or a photo of that dream vacation on your desk. Most importantly, never let those bad days get you down. Instead, use the experience as insight into how you can improve. Analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and outline steps to get better. Always be learning and thinking, so your bad habits can become the impetus for change in your job.