15/09/03

Do you like stress? Do you browse too much? Do you demand people meet you in person? Those might be habits that are killing your work output.

Check out: 10 Poor Productivity Habits Most People Don’t Bother Correcting

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Glossary

  • at hand – close by
  • cherish – protect and care for (someone) lovingly
  • twiddle – twist, move, or fiddle with (something), typically in a purposeless or nervous way.
  • shoot the breeze – have a casual conversation
  • quip – a witty remark
  • grind something out – produce something dull or tedious slowly and laboriously.
  • hamper – hinder or impede the movement or progress of

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Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • Why is arriving late to a meeting a bad habit?
  • Who are long voice mails bad for? Why?
  • How can you improve your texting habits?
  • What is a loner mindset?
  • What is the worst bad habit according to the author? Do you agree?

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Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

Most of us run late ________ meetings _______ occasion. What we don’t realize is that ________ lack of timeliness destroys productivity for everyone–including you. If you’re ten minutes late ________ a meeting, it means everyone else ________ to twiddle their thumbs. It means you are ________ giving yourself enough margins. And, it’s adding stress which kills your momentum and ruins clear thinking. Plus, it stresses you ________.

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Fill in the blank spaces with the correct forms of the words in CAPITAL LETTERS.

This is a hard one to squash. Some of us are ________ AVOID by nature. Yet, saving hard tasks is not a good way to stay ________ PRODUCT because you never know how long they will take, you’ll stress out over them, and (most ________ IMPORTANCE) you’ll probably work slower later in the day. It’s better to get the tough stuff out of the way.

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