3 Easy Techniques to Replace Bad Work Habits With Good Ones

As human beings, we are who we are because of the habits we have imbibed over time. This is because man is a creature of habits. If the habits we have imbibed are good and beneficial, they help us to make progress. When such habits are bad habits, they hold us down and prevent us from attaining our potentials. When the business you are running is not doing well, the first places to look for a remedy are your work habits. When you start a business with poor business habits, its chances of survival are very limited. The good news is that since all habits are acquired, we all have the power to change our habits by deliberate efforts through the following easy and practical techniques.

01. Make a commitment to somebody else. Experience has shown that when people make commitments to themselves, they usually do not take such commitments very seriously. That is the reason why it is recommended that very important commitments relating to change of habits should be made to someone else whom you respect and have a lot of regards for. There is a tendency to remain faithful to your commitments if you do not want to let down someone you deeply respect. Because you are aware that the person will hold you fully accountable, you will remain faithful to your commitments to change a particular bad habit or habits.

02. Choose a new habit and practice it consistently. There is some research evidence to support the fact that it takes about twenty-one days to form a habit whether good or bad. To replace a bad habit therefore, all you need do is to practice a new and better one consistently for at least twenty-one days before it becomes part of you. That way, you can gradually replace all your bad habits consistently through deliberate efforts till you now have good habits in their places.

03. Create a reward system for yourself. You can device a creative way to reward yourself as a form of motivation to stay the course and to go the whole hog to replace a bad habit with a good one. You may choose to agree on mile-stones along the way which when you attain, you can reward yourself appropriately. Rewards such as a good meal in a choice restaurant or a token but valuable gift you can give to yourself are good rewards. This is one technique which is capable of helping you to stay the course till you break out from one bad habit by replacing it with a good one.

Many small business owners tend to spend too much time in a recurring pattern of behavior. Even if the pattern is not beneficial to their businesses, because it is what they are used to, they keep doing things that same way. Such people do not seem to fully recognize the fact that change comes primarily by way of deliberate efforts. Fact is, bad business habits can always be replaced with good ones through deliberate efforts. What is not good can not be good and it should be discarded. Finding ways to discard bad work habits goes a long way to improving productivity and consequent profits. That is why anyone who runs a business and seriously wants to improve on it must first and foremost try to replace bad work habits with good ones.

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