Harnessing the Power of Habits
Your day is nothing more than a collection of habits. From sorting through morning emails to afternoon coffee breaks, daily rhythms pace our days. Those habits shape the efficacy of your professional career. Some habits are intentional additions, but most evolve naturally through a combination of your situation and your personality. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Summer brings with it a lot of disruption to routine. People go on vacation. School is out of session. You can take advantage of the changes to your routine to intentionally integrate new habits that will benefit your professional life. We have a few suggestions you can choose from:
Regular networking lunch
Sending a thank-you message
Reading a book of professional interest
Writing a recommendation for someone’s LinkedIn profile
Sharing a useful article on social media
Attending a lecture related to your field
Connecting with a former colleague
Scientists tell us that it takes around two months to form a habit. Make specific, measurable plans and consider having a habit-forming partner, kind of like a gym buddy, to check in with. The two of you can encourage each other to be consistent as the new habit takes root.