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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:

  1. Regular networking lunch

  2. Meditation

  3. Sending a thank-you message

  4. Reading a book of professional interest

  5. Writing a recommendation for someone’s LinkedIn profile

  6. Sharing a useful article on social media

  7. Goal-setting

  8. Blogging

  9. Attending a lecture related to your field

  10. 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.