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The Top 5 Habits to Ditch for a Happier, More Productive Work Life

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Are you tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed at work? It might be time to take a closer look at your daily habits. Try to assess what habits you need to ditch and see how you can enjoy your work more and enjoy life at the same time!

Here at Cinemagics, we have Rockstar teams that work hard and play hard and we do encounter some habits that sometimes hinders our productivity and here are five common habits that can hold you back from being your most productive and happy self at work:


We've all been guilty of this one. It's so easy to put off tasks that seem intimidating or daunting. But the longer you wait, the more stressed you'll feel and the harder it will be to get started. To avoid procrastination, try breaking your tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. Here at Cinemagics, we practice breaking tasks into small and more manageable chunks, what I do personally to beat procrastination is to break down my task into 30 minutes each and I plot them on my Google calendar.

Set deadlines for yourself and reward yourself when you meet them. As the philosopher Aristotle once said, "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

Not Planning Your Day or Week

If you don't have a plan, it's easy to get lost in the chaos of the workday. Make sure to set aside some time at the beginning of each day or week to map out your tasks and priorities. This will help you stay organized and focused. Our team uses Trello, and we love it very much as it allows us to plan our day and most especially our week to meet deadlines and priorities.

As the author Stephen Covey famously wrote in "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," "Begin with the end in mind."

Not Setting Goals

Without clear goals, it's hard to know what you're working towards. Make sure to set both short-term and long-term goals for yourself, and regularly assess your progress. This will help you stay motivated and focused on what's important. As the philosopher Plato said, "Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind."

At Cinemagics we always remind our team members to set goals, as if you don't have any goals or vision, you won't be able to hit your targets - in short you won't have any direction at all. Setting goals long term and short term will help you ditch that poor work habit and into new you with killer instinct for success.

Jumping from one task to another

It can be tempting to switch between tasks whenever you get stuck or lose motivation. But this can be a major productivity killer. Try to stay focused on one task at a time and resist the urge to multitask. As the author and productivity expert David Allen said in "Getting Things Done," "The mind is for having ideas, not holding them."

Most Executive Assistants like me suffer from this kind of bad habit. I tend to get excited about working on the next task before even finishing the next one. I do get caught in the moment and sometimes I think I can do everything all at once! But no, this is not Michelle Yeoh's movie Everything Everywhere All at Once we can only do so much that is why it is very important to avoid this habit.

Over-complicating Simple Work

It is common for people to get caught up in the details of a task or problem, to the point where they lose sight of the bigger picture. This can lead to over-analyzing or over-thinking simple tasks, which can be counterproductive and even overwhelming. In order to avoid getting lost in the details, it can be helpful to take a step back and adopt a more holistic approach.

This means looking at the task or problem in the broader context, rather than focusing solely on the small details. By doing this, you can gain a clearer understanding of the larger goals and objectives, and how your efforts fit into the bigger picture. This can help you stay motivated and focused, and make it easier to tackle the task at hand. As the philosopher Lao Tzu said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." This is a reminder that even the biggest goals can be achieved through small, incremental steps.

At Cinemagics, we always encourage our team members to change their habits and help each other improve and progress with our work. We believe that by focusing on these five bad habits, you can become a happier and more productive worker. Don't be afraid to ask for help or support from your colleagues – we're all in this together! By making these simple habit changes, you'll be well on your way to a more fulfilling and successful career. For more career growth tips log on to our website and check out our blogs, or drop us your comments and share more amazing tips!

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