Our habits impact our lives and careers both negatively and positively. What we need to objectively assess is which are impeding our ability to succeed and which are keeping us on track to realize our goals and dreams.
If you've graduated from PeopleTek's Leadership Journey™ program you've been told that once you identify a habit or behavior that is not working for you, you must replace it with one that gets positive results. This is recommended as it keeps us from regressing back to what is familiar to us (albeit counterproductive!).
Habits allow us to save time; we don't need to think about what we're doing, we merely "do it". But is this serving us well? What can we change to become more disciplined and focused and not be on "automatic pilot"?
- So what can you do? Start replacing your non productive behaviors with those that will help you achieve the results you desire.
- If you're consistently late for meetings set an alarm on your laptop, watch, phone, etc.
- Post notes in your office reminding you of what TO do.
- Block out time in your daily calendar and use that time to return phone calls and emails.
- Use your goals to set priorities.
- Organize your day; determine what must get done and abide by your task list.
- Add your personal tasks to your calendar. Ex. Gym time, call home, dinner-time, etc
Ultimately what you need to do is decide what habits work for you, replace those that don't work for you, and commit to making the positive changes that help you achieve success!
Michael W. Kublin and
"The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of force and habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him – and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires."
– J. Paul Getty
Some common unproductive habits include:
- Consistently being late
- Interrupting instead of listening
- Multi-tasking when full focus is required
- Ignoring life / work balance
- Failure to set goals (or not making the goals your priority)
- Allowing phone calls and emails to divert your attention
- Not returning phone calls
- Disregarding commitments
- Not sleeping enough
"The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests."
– Gail Sheehy
PeopleTek Events: August 2008:
LEADERSHIP JOURNEY PROGRAMS:
October 1 – Leadership Journey I, session 1 of 12, virtually facilitated
COMMUNICATION and LISTENING:
October 9, October 23, November 6 – 8am to noon in Phoenix, AZ.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS® for Work:
Conducted via teleconference
September 30, October 7, October 14 & October 21
12:00pm – 1:30pm eastern time
This is an open enrollment period for the above programs
Taking it to the next level!