Do you want to take your career to the next level but you’re feeling a little stuck? These seven bad habits might be what’s holding you back at work. No worries, though — it’s never too late to course correct.
You’re overworking & not taking time off for self-care
What you do outside of the office is just as important as what you do at the office. In order to show up as your best and brightest self to work every day, self-care needs to be a top priority — and we’re talking quality self-care. Sitting on the couch scrolling through Instagram doesn’t count. Find a self-care routine that feels really good for you. You can start a morning meditation practice, exercise, go for nature walks, laugh, play, take bubble baths — do whatever you need to do to feel refueled when you show up at work every day. This alone will make a huge impact on your performance at work.
You’re settling for a job you like & not love
In the beginning of your career, being a yes girl that jumps at everything that is thrown her way certainly works in your favor. You gain experience, show your boss what you’re capable of, and have the chance to try different things. However, once your career is established, being the yes girl can actually hurt your career. Just because you can do the job, doesn’t mean that you should. I once heard Danielle Laporte say, “If it doesn’t light you up, you’re not the right person for the job.” I couldn’t agree with this more. We are all meant to do work that is exciting and fulfilling. We shouldn’t be settling for a job just because it’s the first thing we found. And oftentimes what you’ll find is that once you do start to follow those inner nudges and pursue work that you’re truly passionate about, success will inevitably follow.
You’re not truly believing in yourself
It really sucks to admit this, but a lot of the time, the only thing holding us back from the career success we really desire is ourselves. We might doubt our abilities and not believe we can actually take our career to the next level. That’s where feeding your mind with powerful, uplifting content comes in. From my personal experience, once I fell down the rabbit hole of reading personal development books and listening to podcasts, my career completely transformed. I went from being an intern to being a full-time freelance writer in a matter of months. The power of our mind is absolutely mind-blowing. Use it to your advantage.
You’re not asking for what you want
In life and in the workplace, we tend to not ask for what we really want because we don’t want to come off as pushy or bossy or we’re afraid of what other people might think. This bad habit is absolutely holding us back from the success we truly desire. How on earth are people supposed to know what we want if we don’t ask for it? It just doesn’t make any logical sense. You can’t just wait around for really awesome career opportunities to fall into your lap. You have to be proactive and voice your wants. If you know you deserve a raise, ask for it. If you want to be considered for the promotion, ask for it. If you have too much on your plate and need help, ask for it. You never know where one simple ask might lead you and your career.
You’re keeping yourself small
According to this Forbes article, men are confident enough to apply for a job even if they only meet 60% of the qualifications. Women, on the other hand, won’t apply for a job unless they feel they meet 100% of the qualifications. This statistic is wild and brings me to realize that we are the ones keeping ourselves small by not going after for the jobs that we truly want just because we feel unqualified. So the next time you see a job listing pop up that is your definition of a dream job, apply for it. No matter what the qualifications may be. At the end of the day, most qualifications are things that can be quickly learned, what really counts is if you have the confidence to get the job done. If you have that, you’re golden.
You complain too much
It’s almost impossible to always be satisfied with every single little thing about your job. There are bound to be things that bug you or you simply just don’t feel excited to do, but when you begin to vocalize your complaints, that’s when you start to hold yourself back from thriving at work. That energy is toxic to be around and the employees that get promoted are the ones that are go-getters. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and they focus on finding a solution to the problem instead of just complaining about it.
You’re not managing your time wisely
There are so many little aspects of a job that needs to get done every day that are oftentimes not your actual job. We’re talking responding to emails, attending meetings, etc. And by the time you get back to your desk to actually get the important things done, you’re mentally and energetically exhausted from the million little things you’ve already done that day. In order to really excel and shine at work, focus instead on getting the important things done first (ideally before lunch time) and leave the little things like emails for later in the day.