Can you break bad work habits? Part 2

by | Nov 18, 2014 | Uncategorised

Last week we took steps together to identify our ‘bad’ office habits. What did you notice? What is the most important habit you are replacing this week?
You might be surprised to notice how much you have already done to replace it. Choose the habit you are replacing and let’s complete the remainder of this simple five step process and…

Embrace ‘Good’ Habits

3. Stop it dead in its tracks. Sometimes it is as simple as recognising it, next time you find yourself carrying out the habit, say to yourself, “Stop!” If you have the luxury of yelling it aloud, do it. If you’re in a public office, say it in your head (rather than risk looking crazy :)). It can also help to create a physical or graphical reminder that represents the negative outcome of the habit – like the way wasting time keeps you stuck late at the office and you miss valuable time with your loved ones. Next time you allow yourself to be constantly interrupted by emails, you’ll at least think twice and prioritise what’s really urgent and important.

4. Replace your bad habit with something good for you. Because office life is conducive to repetition, the same routine that created your habit might help you replace it with something useful. Instead of reaching for a coffee or chocolate, or rather than participating in gossip and complaints, do something that’s good for you (take reaching for water or saying something you are grateful for) another example could be every time you receive a new email, instead of dropping what you’re working on, take a deep breath and clear your mind. Another positive work ritual, one that helps reduce eye strain, is practicing the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen or document, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. From breathing to stretching to resting your eyes, there are a million positive things you can do while at work.

5. Hang in there! Some habits are deeply embedded, so don’t expect to replace them overnight. Focus on being vigilantly and persistent. Most habits can be broken in 21 days. Habits can be powerful, so why not have them work for you rather than against you? Master the art of habit replacement, see yourself doing the new habit over and over again and now watch your work experience improve as you take key steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference




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Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’