5 Work Habits I Need to Develop

I found this article at Psychology Today and realized I need to work on all 5:

Flex Your Hearing Muscle
Many times we find ourselves in one line email conversations. This year pick up the phone and talk instead.  Not only would you shorten a day long email dialogue, you will flex you hearing muscle.  Try it, the person on the other side of the phone wont bite.

I honestly can’t remember when the last time I had a conversation INTEAD of generating a 50 thread email. I think o the 5 this will be my second hardest habit to develop. I don’t like talking on the phone.

Give Your Eyes A Rest
During conference calls, many of us tend to multi-task and not pay attention to what is being said.  By shutting off the monitor, you will not only focus better on whats being discussed but also give your eyes a break.

Guilty! Luckily, the amount of time I have to dedicate to conference calls is minimal, but by developing tis one habit, I can improve that experience

Become Enagaged in Meetings
When our minds wander during team meetings, we tend to check our emails or any other information on our mobile devices.  By not having access to your devices during meetings, it will ensure that you are engaged and it will conserve your phones battery life.

Again, guilty. I sit back quietly and listen, and don’t participate. If I have something to contribute, I tend to wait until later and offer it to other attendees rather than the group.

Take More Breaks
Outlook or any other calendar software automatically blocks time either in 30 or 60 minute chunks.  Instead of being lazy and leaving the time at its default, why not change it to 20 or 45 min meetings.  That way, you have time to spare to go for a walk or grab a coffee.

Oh soooo guilty. It’s one of those things I inherently: take more breaks to stay engaged and more productive and yet every day I realize 9-10 have gone by without even a lunch break.

Socialize With Your Team
Instead of eating your food at your desk, try going out to lunch with a colleague or block a conference room and have lunch with some of your teammates.  Not only will the time together let you get to know your team better, it will also allow you to decompress any stress thats going on during your day.

And this will be by far the hardest to work up as habit. It’s not that I’m socially inept, (thought at times thats true as well!), I just don’t care for socializing. But I do know this is critical to my development, and to keep from becoming stagnant in my thinking. It also helps easing tensions in the team.