readingDmitry RatushnystocksnapReading moves you forward – it is a means of communication, a way of increasing your knowledge and a way of connecting to the world.

Reading takes time and your time is precious. How much time does reading your emails and other correspondence take for you in a day? Do you try to read way too much, thinking that you must in order to keep up? Do you use reading as a distraction that does not serve you – aimlessly browsing on the web or reading things that you have no need for? Do you make sure you read the things that will keep your career moving forward? Do you give your full attention to what you are reading?

Be aware of your reading habits. Make sure they are serving you. Reading is central – use it to your maximum advantage.


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Bad Habits

BAD HABIT 1Bad habits do you no good. They can sneak up on you or you can be completely unaware of them. Can you think of any bad habits that are negatively affecting your managing – either of yourself or your team? Examine how you go through your day. Is there anything you regularly do that you consider a bad habit? If you find one, how is this bad habit harming you?

One way to get rid of a bad habit is to create a new “good” habit to replace it. Say you consider being late for meetings a bad habit. Create a new habit that you will be on time for meetings. You could begin by making sure you leave plenty of time to get to meetings, by not over scheduling yourself or being unrealistic in your sense of how much time you need to do something. If you are courageous, you could “declare” your intention to others to be on time for meetings. It is essential that you hold yourself accountable. Once you start, it is not that hard. It is well within your power to change.

Say goodbye to bad habits. They are energy drains, keep you from your greatness and sabotage you – with no good results.