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Stop sabotaging your success

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While it’s easy to point fingers at your boss, co-workers or even your “unfair” workload, you could be responsible for your own failures. Are you sabotaging your own productivity and work quality with these actions?

• Beating yourself up. When you obsess about your mistakes, your negative thoughts kill your ability to problem-solve and refocus. See your mistakes as learning opportunities, and rather than waste time focused on what you did wrong, put your energy into doing a better job next time.

• Letting one bad occurrence ruin your day. If bad traffic or a run-in with an angry customer puts you in a funk, your productivity takes a huge hit. Remember that problems arise, and you can do nothing about that. However, you can control your attitude and how you respond to negative circumstances.  

• Refusing to take a break. If you don’t use your vacation time, work on holidays and never take breaks during the day, you likely are very stressed, and the quality of your work may be suffering. Take breaks at work and find time to unplug from the job.

— Adapted from “Here’s How to Stop Sabo­­tag­­ing Your Productivity,” Ilya Pozin, www.ilyapozin.com.

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