With so much competition out there in every line of work, you can’t risk letting things slip through the crack — especially not your big goals. Whether you’re working for yourself or someone else, it’s essential to reflect on the habits that you have because many of them may be unproductive ones.
Here are some bad habits that are keeping you from achieving your goals, and tips on how to turn them into good ones.
1. You don’t plan your week.
As an entrepreneur, planning your work-week is a must: how else will you be able to keep track of all the little things you need to do to keep your business running? What’s essential is that you organize each day by scheduling time to complete your Most Important Task (MIT) in the morning. That will ensure that you get your MIT done when your mind is fresh, while also ensuring that the task actually gets completed.
If you’re not an entrepreneur, you should still be planning your week because when you work for someone else, you need to prove to them that you’re accomplishing things on a regular basis. This way, you’ll always be working towards a promotion while securing the job your have in the meantime.
2. You’re always running late.
Do you ever schedule a lunch date with your best friend and end up waiting an extra 15 minutes for them to show up? It’s pretty infuriating. So why would you do the same to your employer? Being late to work as an employee is just as bad as being late to a meeting with a client if you’re an entrepreneur. It can damage your reputation, and potentially even lose you a client. If you show up late, people will start assuming that you also deliver your work late. No one wants to work with a person with an image like that.
3. You love to multitask.
Multitasking sounds great, but in reality, all it does it prevent you from completing quality work. Your mind is always distracted when you multitask, and it could even take you longer to complete tasks if you’re doing them all at once rather than focusing on them individually.
What are some bad habits that you want to eliminate? Leave them in the comments below, and be sure to explain your plan of action in case another reader needs to eliminate the same habit!
Are you interested in becoming your own boss? We’ve got some good news: On October 25, MSATP is holding Employee to Entrepreneur, an event in which we’ll cover the game plan for earning extra income by starting your own accounting or tax preparation side hustle (and how to transition that into a full-time business).