Take a look at your daily routine. Every day probably looks pretty similar on the surface. You drive to work, pick up an espresso from the café downstairs, make small talk with the receptionist, etc. All these things that you do every day can be described as habits. The problem with habits is that not all of them are good for you, but we continuing doing them out of, well, habit. Maybe you’re having too much caffeine to stay awake, or you’re getting easily distracted, or you’re multitasking too often.
To replace some bad habits, here are some good habits that entrepreneurs should adopt when at work.
- Turn Off Social Media
Sure, spend time surfing Facebook when you get home in the evening. But don’t do it at work. The workday – especially the morning hours – is a time for productivity and efficiency, and social media is a huge enemy. Turn off Facebook notifications on your computer, and silence your phone. Don’t let those buzzes and beeps distract you from the important tasks at hand that day.
- Don’t Eat at Your Desk
If possible, find a nice spot somewhere else in the office to eat lunch. If your office has a break room or cafeteria, perfect. Eat lunch in there with your coworkers. Or take a walk to a nearby park and eat your meal al fresco. The worst thing you can do for your productivity (and your digestion, for that matter), is to quickly inhale your food while watching something on your computer or doing paperwork at your desk. Take the time to enjoy the break, and put everything else down while you do that.
- Have Positive Exchanges in the Morning
When you first come to the office in the morning, greet your employees with a smile. Even if you slept horribly the night before, and you’re stressed for the day to come, walk into the office with positivity and optimism. Remember, you are the leader of this business, and your attitude will rub off on your employees. If you are stressed and frustrated, you better believe your employees will feel that way, too. But if you feel positive, your employees will bask in that.
- Keep an Open-Door Policy – Sometimes
It’s a good idea to keep your door open – literally and figuratively – for your employees to come to you with questions, concerns, or feedback. This encourages an open flow of communication and helps everyone feel more comfortable in the workplace. The only caveat is that you should have certain hours every day that you are not to be disturbed. These are hours for deep, focused work, and you want to limit distractions as much as possible during these hours.
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