10 Killer Habits At The Workplace And How To Avoid Them


10 Killer Habits At The Workplace And How To Avoid Them.
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What Are Habits? 

There are a couple of different meanings to the word ‘habit’. 

Firstly, it can be the same as a custom, but it can also mean the way you behave or act. 

Now, People are very accustomed to doing certain things, not because they’re great or even because they like them. They do them because they’ve become comfortable with doing them and, in fact, they might even enjoy them. 

But, sometimes, when people are faced with change, it can be a bit hard for them to start to become accustomed to doing things differently. 

That’s what happens when you start to change your habits. You’re getting used to doing things differently, and that can be a bit of a big deal, as it means you have to break down the habits you’ve become accustomed to and find new ones that are different. 

You’ll also have to find new ways to handle the old ones. This can be a bit hard for you to deal with, as habits that have been around for a while can be much stronger than the new habits you’re trying to develop.

 However, it’s an essential process. If you don’t want to get stuck in a rut, you have to change the way you’re used to doing things. Otherwise, things will never get better. But, how can you get your habits to change? 

How Do Habits Work?

 To understand how habits work, you have to look at the way your brain reacts to things.

 When you do a certain thing, a certain part of your brain reacts. The way your brain reacts to things is called ‘habituation’. 

Now, habituation basically involves your brain telling you, over and over again, that you should do something. 

So, when you do a certain thing every day, your brain will be used to telling you that you should continue doing that same thing every day. 

It knows that you’ll do that thing and it will eventually get used to it, just like when you are used to eating the same thing every day. 

That’s the reason you wouldn’t want to change the habit. It’s now part of your routine, so you know what you’re going to be doing every day. 

When you start to change the routine, you have to make a new habit that you know you’re going to do differently on daily basis, as the brain can’t tell you that there’s a new habit you need to follow.

Killer Habits At The Work Place 

When you are at the office, your focus is on your work, and if that is your only focus then you should be good. 

While you love your job, sometimes you can’t work past your point of exhaustion or just lose your mind at the workplace.

You have the best of intentions, but it’s all too easy to spend more time working than you’d like to. 

While you think that you can learn to stop overworking and find a balance, there is no denying the fact that it’s really hard to stop working on a day-to-day basis. 

That is why we will share with you the six biggest workplace killer habits and the way to avoid them.

1. Not Avoiding Getting Distracted

One of the biggest challenges that people face at the workplace is that they overwork and get distracted from what they are doing. 

Instead of focusing on their work, they decide to surf the internet, check the news, or simply look at their messages on their phone. 

But, as a business owner or career person, if you want to be successful then you should be committed to your work. 

So, the first step to this is that you should decide whether you are hardworking or not. If you are hardworking then you need to find ways of preventing yourself from getting distracted.

Another thing that you need to do is to be clear about your priorities. Make sure that you keep your goals in your mind at all times, and do your best to keep at what you are doing.

The second thing that you can do is to make sure that you set a definite work schedule. Your work habits and the way you can stay to work should be as constant as possible so that you don’t find yourself overworking.

2. You Don’t Know Your Priorities.

The problem with getting distracted is that you won’t realize that you are distracting yourself. At some point in your life, you will find that you have lost the thread of your work, but you won’t be able to pinpoint why. 

The best thing to do is to look for patterns and try and see where you are losing your focus. Once you know what you are doing wrongly, it is then easy to stop.

Another thing that you can do is to define your priorities and keep them in your mind. 

It will help you find that thread of your work if you start to think of all of your duties and make sure that you finish each one before you move on to the next one.

3. Tolerating A Bad Attitude

In the office, your attitude is of utmost importance. If you have a bad attitude, then you will not be able to affect others.

 So, you should be looking out for what you are doing and thinking.

 If you work in a team, you can affect your team by the way you act, so be aware of what you are doing and do your best to improve. 

But if you are a leader, then you should put yourself in your subordinate's shoes and learn how to manage their stress and anxiety.

You should be aware of how you can manage your work-related stress, and make sure that you keep a level head. 

This will help you maintain the right attitude and you will also be able to handle things better.

4. Not Realizing Your Needs

Another big problem that you could face in the workplace is that you won’t be able to realize your needs. 

Your needs are all too important to you, and while your employer tries to provide for all of your needs and demands, they are unable to take into consideration your actual desires, needs, and the ways that you hope to improve your work.

So, the first step is to be mindful of your own needs. Take care of yourself, and get what you want from your job.

 Make sure that you are getting a good work-life balance so that you can work towards your goals in a balanced way.

5. Working Overtime

Sometimes, people work until the moment they reach burnout. If you are finding it hard to complete your work on time, then you should see to it that you don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities. 

You can look for a balance between working and having fun, and you will find that it is possible to maintain a good balance.

Also, you should be looking to work smarter, so that you can get more done and you learn to focus on your long-term goals rather than on the next job or paycheck.

6. Not Listening To Your Body

If you want to improve the way you work, then you should look after your body.

For instance, when you have a body full of aches and pains, then you are in the wrong place. If you keep pushing yourself, you are more likely to lose yourself at the workplace.

 The best thing you can do is to make ensure that you take care of your body and keep healthy. You should eat right and do some exercise to keep you fit at work.

Do well You to always check your health, and if you are hurting, then ask to take a break.

7. Being Hard On Yourself

While we all struggle with perfectionism, sometimes we try to overdo it and push ourselves to the point where we are stressed, anxious, and unhappy.

 The thing that you should try and avoid is overthinking and being too hard on yourself. 

When you overthink, you are likely to lose your mind. Also, when you are too hard on yourself, you will start to blame yourself for what you are doing wrongly, and this will of course lead to losing confidence in yourself.

So, you should try and be kind to yourself and focus basically on your strengths and what you can do.

8.  Thinking About The Problems

Being able to concentrate on your problems and deal with them is one of the ways that you can improve the way you work.

 The ability to solve your problems can help you keep your stress levels down and you will be able to see things from different perspectives. 

Through this, you will find it easy to move past the problems, and also you will be able to devote yourself to your duties in the workplace.

The very vital thing that you should do here is to ask yourself whether it is your problems that are keeping you back.

 And if you find yourself looking more at your problems than focusing on your job, then you need to remind yourself of all of your good qualities and strengths. 

So, you can sort out your problems and not let them pose a setback in your work.

9. Habit Of Not Taking Your Time

A mistake that you can make at the workplace is to work too fast. You should know your limitations and keep them in mind. You should avoid working past your limits, and give yourself a break when you need it.

Taking your time will help you get the most out of your work, and it will help you to avoid taking unnecessary risks. 

You should also remember that it’s okay to ask your boss for help when you need it.

10. Trying To Work In A Busy Environment

When you work in an environment that is busy one important thing is you should try and keep your mind as calm as possible.

 You have committed to your work rather than focusing on what your colleagues are doing, by keeping your eyes open and your mind at peace.

Also, if you find yourself in a busy environment, you should try and get a moment to take a deep breath, and make sure you are fully aware of what is going on around you, by staying calm, and devoted, and avoiding being overwhelmed.

In such places of work, mistakes are imminent, so if you work in a busy environment, you must ensure to curtail and avoid making mistakes.

11. Working Late At Night

When you work late at night, it is easy to find yourself distracted and it is hard to focus on what you are doing. 

So, instead, you should be thinking about your own needs at home than doing the office job. 

But when you work late at night, you have to make sure that you are focused on the work and in the right frame of mind otherwise, you won’t be able to get anything done. 

Ideally, this time is meant for you to take your rest from the day's work so that you can be able and fit for the next day's duties.

12. Not Recognizing Your Mistakes

If you are not doing well at your work you should look at your mistakes and where you aren’t getting it done the right way. 

Again if you are consistently making the same mistakes then it is probably time for you to reassess your approach and look for ways that you can grow and do better.

However, if you are failing to realize your mistakes, then you need to look for ways to improve and take the necessary steps to change your approach.

But when you don’t look at your mistakes in that case you will only make the same mistake over and over again and will neither improve nor grow in the workplace.


Habits make us who we are. If you have ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wondered why you have got such a messy, wrinkly look when you don’t even know you have done something to your face, well, that’s because you’re so used to doing the same things. 

You’re a habitual person, and every day you carry out the same thing, but every day you can also try to break some of those habits and not go back to them.

 If you want to change your life, these are the few habits you will have to put in place that can transform you for the better. 

Once more take a look at how your habits work, and how to change or improve them with the tips in this post.