Don’t let these 6 bad habits destroy your happiness or productivity

Don’t let these 6 bad habits destroy your happiness or productivity

via by Minda Zetlin

In today’s interconnected and increasingly mobile world, people need no longer be confined to their offices. You can work anytime you like wherever you happen to be. But that very freedom has also resulted in some very bad habits that sap your productivity and can make you miserable at the same time.

That observation comes from productivity expert Maura Thomas, founder of Regain Your Time. Here are the habits she says can hold you back–as well as the people who work for you.

1. Working during your vacation.

“With your office in the palm of your hand, it is easy to check your email, respond to a text or call into the weekly conference call on mute,” Thomas says. Too easy. Not only are you doing yourself a disservice, you’re signaling to your employees that they have to work during their own vacations. “Knowledge work requires a fresh perspective, but you can’t get a fresh perspective if you never step away,” Thomas says.

2. Not using all your vacation time.

There’s quite a lot of scientific evidence that skipping vacations is bad for our productivity, our mood, our relationships, and may even shorten our lives. So make sure to use all your time off, and to unplug from the office while you’re away. Encourage everyone who works with you to do the same. “You’ll get all the restorative benefits of vacation yourself, and you’ll be modeling healthy behavior for employees,” Thomas notes. (If yours is one of the growing number of companies with unlimited vacation policies, make sure you take at least two to four weeks off per year.)

3. Working during evenings and weekends.

We’re all guilty of this–I’m writing this column late in the evening right now. But if younever step away from work, you never get the fresh perspective that only a mental break can give, Thomas warns. Worse, your employees will feel obligated to work similar hours. “Although leaders aren’t looking to make employees feel as if they are tethered to their job at all times, it can easily happen,” she notes…

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