Doodling. Should I even elaborate? We’ve all been there, whether it be 10 minutes into the meeting or 10 minutes left, doodling will absolutely ruin your retention levels and understanding. That swirly-gig of a pen line you’ve got going on needs to stop. No good can come from it. . . unless there’s a Hall of Fame for doodle concept art.
Tick-tock tick-tock. Checking your watch or clock every 15 seconds is going to kill your day. In your head, it may seem like Friday at 3:30 but in reality, it is a rainy Tuesday at 10:00am. In my experience, there is nothing more time consuming than clock chasing. I mean, you are literally watching time slip away. Put your head down and concentrate on the task in front of you instead of planning for the night ahead.
Conference Room meetings. . .(Insert Michael Scott meeting reference here) . . Meeting with no reference point or agenda can absolute ruin your train of thought. It could potentially be no fault of your own but if you are sitting in a meeting for an hour and have no end in sight, there is no possible way for your day to continue as previously planned.
There are endless amounts of bad habit examples that need to stop (fidget spinning, texting, personal calls, hallway chatting. . .) but these four are the most prominent. Maximizing work productivity is key to maintaining a great reputation. In order to do that, habits must be broken!