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Change Your Habits at Home and Increase Your Job Satisfaction

Change Your Habits at Home and Increase Your Job Satisfaction
From Lifehack - April 11, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you feel sluggish and lazy at work?

Sure, it could be that you just dont want to be at work that day, but maybe its more than just lack of motivation. It could be due to your habits at home. Bad personal habits can wreak havoc on your body, mind and even your productivity at the office. This could lead to being looked over for a promotion, not receiving a raise, or gaining a negative reputation at work.

But, what if you could make a few small changes in your habits and see massive gains in your job satisfaction?

Thats right, its possible to change your life at work, starting today! In this article, we will break down a few simple steps you can implement to make your life easier at the office.

The True Impact of Bad Habits

Habits that you change at home can have a dramatically positive impact on your work performance. Your life is based primarily on habits. By identifying and tweaking a few habits you have the potential to change your life.

If youre like most people you have some good habits and some bad habits. The problem is that most people dont realize how some of these bad habits can affect more than one area of your life.

You might have even tried to change some of your bad habits at the beginning of the year, or when you started a new job, only to quit after a few weeks. Sound familiar?

If so, dont worry youre not alone. Most people try to quit habits without the knowing the right process to achieve lasting change. Youll need to learn this process to make lasting change. Keep reading to learn what habits can change your life both at home and in the office.

How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything

As Derek Sivers said, How you do anything is how you do everything. Your character or nature just refers to how you handle all the day-to-day things in life, no matter how small. How does this relate to your home habits and work output? Simply put, its hard to practice bad habits half the day and then go to work ready to crush the job. You need to have consistency in how you approach your habits at both home and work.

Think of two co-workers you know right now: one who is super productive and always getting promotions, the other seems to always get passed up and isnt known for being a workhorse. When you think of the productive co-worker what do you notice about their habits? What are they doing to separate themselves from everyone else? Is it something inborn or do they have a better work ethic? It may be as simple as the productive person has better daily habits.

Almost always success comes down to what you do every single day. Success doesnt appear from something you do once a month or once a year. Successful people at work and in life arent special, they just practice better habits to get better results. At work, they are probably picking up the phone more, sending emails, planning the day, and following up with clients.

Luckily you can adopt all of these habits easily and start the process of changing your life for the better.

Bad Habits Are More Than Annoying, They Can Be Detrimental

Most people know what their bad habits are, but they dont have the discipline or desire to make a change to stop them. Instead, they will refrain from eating out or begin an exercise routine for a day or two, and then quickly fall of the wagon. This is the same thing that often happens with New Years Resolutions. But you can get rid of your bad habits! To eliminate bad habits, though, you first have to identify them.

This isnt a comprehensive list but these are some of the most common bad habits that people wish they could break:

Do any of these habits sound familiar? If so, dont beat yourself up. No one is perfect, and you can change these habits by learning to replace them with a positive habit.

Break These Pesky Habits and Reap Rewards at Work

Its easy to identify your habits, but quitting them is quite another story for most people. The problem lies in the fact that most people try to quit bad habits cold turkey. You might quit a habit for a few days only to fall back out of the new habit and and revert back to your old ways. Therefore, instead of quitting, you should replace your bad habits with a good habit.

Studies have shown that habits take between 21-35 days to make a habit become unconscious. Our life is ruled by our habits and you might not even realize it. Think about this morning, did you consciously remember putting on your shoes? Which one did you put on first?

Dont worry if you dont know. Putting on your shoes has now became a habit and isnt something you need to consciously think about.

To replace a bad habit, you have to first become conscious of what you are trying to change and then replace your habit with a good habit consistently.

Stop Sleeping In

How often do you hit the snooze button and actually feel more groggy when you wake up than before? Its not just you, its how your brain and sleep cycles operate.

Your brain sleeps in 60-90 minute windows. When you wake up to turn off the alarm, then you signal to your brain that you are ready to start the day. But once you hit the snooze button, fall back asleep, and wake up 20 minutes later, you are actually waking yourself up in the middle of a sleep cyclethus you feel groggier than before.

The snooze button is all too common for most people.

However, if you simply get up earlier you will have more time to exercise, read, spend time with your significant other, and not be rushed to work.

You will also feel more refreshed than if you hit the snooze button. To replace the habit of hitting the snooze button you need to rework your sleep environment.

First off, dont sleep with your phone or alarm next to your bed.

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