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10 Bad Habits That Hurt Your Business

Quit holding on to bad business practices.

Allyson Lewis, 07/22/2010

One of the simplest ways to implement better business practices is to quit holding on to bad business practices. If you want to be more successful, then take a long hard look at your daily activities and make the decision to remove any bad habits that may be holding you back and hurting your business.

Here are 10 bad habits and 10 seven-minute solutions:

1. No Clear Vision or Definition of Purpose
Clarity provides freedom from ambiguity. With a clear vision, you are able to know what is most important for you to accomplish. Clarity provides a framework to simplify your life, and to define your purpose. When you have a deep understanding of your priorities and values it is much easier to be persistent in your daily tasks--they will gain new meaning and your work can become fulfilling.

2. Not Having 90-Day Goals
Once you have clarified your vision and your purpose you will need to establish 90-day goals. These 90-day goals force you to prioritize what you want to do. Make sure you write your 90-day goals in present tense, as though they have already happened. Next, create five specific action steps that you can implement to will help you achieve each goal.

3. Not Being Challenged by Your Work--No Motivation
When work becomes routine you quickly lose motivation. A self imposed challenge, however,  can be exactly what you need to re-ignite your drive and motivation. Challenges can include revenue goals, certifications, or learning or mastering new skill sets. Every week, make a point to learn something new, novel, creative, fun, and challenging--these activities add excitement and variety to your daily work.

4. Disorganization
Disorganization is a huge problem in corporate America. Every morning you must have a daily written plan of action. We call this having a five before 11 list. Your five before 11 list is a list of five "high-value" activities that you are willing to complete before 11 a.m. every day. Review the action steps from your 90-day goals worksheet and make sure some of your "high-value" activities are drawing you closer to your goals.

5. Distraction and Interruption
In a 357-person time-management survey conducted by Seven Minutes, Inc., distraction and constant interruption ranked as the twin thieves of productivity. Isn't it interesting that you are often most distracted by tools that were originally intended to improve productivity:

* Telephones
* Cell phones
* Computers
* E-mail
* Text messages

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