Do You Have Any ‘Harmless Habits?’

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If you browse through a book store or search online for advice on achieving success in business or enhancing your personal relationships, you’ll be overwhelmed with titles. Most of them focus on things you can proactively do to work more efficiently or live a better life. That’s a very helpful way to make changes in your life. But there’s another way to think about improving both your business performance and your personal relationships — identify habits that may appear to be harmless but are actually a hindrance.

Man multitasking

In an article on, writers for the Young Entrepreneur Council focus on 10 habits that may be holding you back. Do you recognize yourself in any of these?

  • Saying yes when you want to say no
  • Hanging onto people who don’t want to grow
  • Working through lunch
  • Failing to exercise
  • Multitasking
  • Pinging people
  • Striving for perfection
  • Not protecting your recharge time
  • Immediately answering PMs and emails
  • Not prioritizing your day

For a more in-depth discussion of each of these seemingly harmless habits, see the full article here. It’s filled with links to other sources of information that may help you create new, positive habits