Good Working Habit #1: Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
I remember someone told me, “if you walk into an office and see a man’s desk, you will know exactly what his mind is.” In other words, if you go into an office and see a messy desk, you’re going to be dealing with someone with a messy mind. A disorganized closet, home, car, etc….you know exactly what the person is. My brother’s car was always filthy. I want you to make a guess if he was fit or not? No. He drank, and probably continues to drink almost on a nightly basis with a rapidly deteriorating lifestyle.
This is being brought up because someone else might be going through the same problem that my brother has gone through, and continues to go through today. Without accepting someone’s help on alleviating the problem, it will fester and gradually grow into something you won’t be able to shake off.
Every morning I have my to-do list. What are the things I need to do immediately in the morning? Respond to emails, post my inspirational message on my instagram (The Arsenio Buck Show), make sure everything is in place for my podcast, clothes are laid out and ready to go….etc. This is of course after my meditation and priming.
Good Working Habit #2: Do Things In Order of Importance
Normally I delegate the task of washing, ironing and pressing my clothes to the lady down the road; however, I fall off on getting my clothes and let it spill over for a couple of days without collecting them. That’s an issue. I recall Tim Ferris saying, “what’s the one thing you can do out of ten things whereas if you do it, it makes everything much easier?” Do first things first! You will never see me writing a blog before a podcast in the morning. The blog comes AFTER.
Good Working Habit #3: When You Have A Problem, Solve It Then & There
Too many people let things boil over to the next day. I’m a victim of that. There have been so many times when I didn’t confront someone about a problem and I ended up losing sleep. What happened the next morning? I woke up up disgruntled and my day continued on in the same fashion. Three months ago I couldn’t even focus in the gym without having an influx of thoughts about my current job come to mind – ultimately causing myself to lose motivation in the gym, which then lead to an explosion at work. SOLVE PROBLEMS IMMEDIATELY
Good Working Habit #4: Learn To Organize, Deputize and Supervise
I recently heard a story from a friend that revolved around her ex-employer paying her late. This is a travesty in the working world. Another instance occurred, and continues to occur today which teachers at an international school in Thailand — get paid three months late. The three above do not exist within that particular school. As a director, if you don’t deputize and supervise, your school will end up losing it’s value. Moreover, the students suffer the most.
These, of course, are just examples of how you can establish some good working habits.