We Are the Ones Who Shape Our Habits, But Over Time, Those Habits Will Shape Us

By: Markus Kristianto, Dhania Puspa Purbasari

Habits are something we do repeatedly until they become an inseparable part of our lives. The expression “we shape our habits, and then our habits shape us over time” highlights the profound influence of habits in shaping our identity and daily lives. This article will discuss how habits form, their impact on work productivity, and how to develop positive habits by connecting them to the importance of reasons for change in self-development and increasing work productivity.

Habits are formed through repetition. When we do something repeatedly, our brains create neural pathways that make it easier for us to do that thing in the future without much thought. This is how our bodies conserve energy and make life more efficient. A simple example is how we tie shoelaces or brush our teeth every morning without needing to think through each step.

Both positive and negative habits have a significant impact on our work productivity. Positive habits such as good time management, setting priorities, or starting the day with planning can increase productivity and help us achieve professional goals. Conversely, negative habits like procrastination, working without a plan, or frequently checking social media can hinder performance and damage productivity.

Over time, these habits shape who we are in the workplace. Someone who consistently completes tasks on time and with high quality may be known as a productive and reliable individual, whereas someone who often procrastinates may be seen as less efficient.

In the context of self-development and improving work productivity, habits play a crucial role. To become the best version of ourselves and enhance work productivity, we must continuously strive to improve our habits. As the saying goes, “The reasons for making changes should outweigh the reasons for staying the same.” This means that the motivation to make changes should be stronger than the comfort of the status quo.

Why do we need change? Because without change, there is no progress. Old, unproductive habits must be replaced with new, better habits to achieve personal and professional goals. For example, if our goal is to increase work productivity, we need more reasons to manage our time well and focus on tasks, rather than reasons to continue working without a plan and easily getting distracted.

The first step in building the right habits is to “get used to doing what is right” rather than “justifying what is usual.”

One of the biggest challenges in getting used to doing what is right is the work environment around us, which tends to influence us to go with the flow and justify anything for personal gain. To succeed in getting used to doing what is right, we must make the right decisions.

But how do we make the right decisions? The answer is through experience. Experience is gained from learning from wrong decisions. Wrong decisions provide us with valuable lessons that help us make better decisions in the future.

Creating Positive Habits for Work Productivity

  1. Start Small: Begin with small habits that are easy to do. For example, if you want to improve time management, start by making a daily task list.
  2. Consistency: Practice new habits consistently. Research shows that it takes about 21 to 66 days to form a new habit.
  3. Supportive Environment: Create a work environment that supports your new habits. If you want to focus on work, eliminate distractions like social media notifications.
  4. Evaluate and Adjust: Regularly evaluate your work habits and make adjustments as needed. Don’t hesitate to change your approach if you feel the habit isn’t yielding the desired results.
  5. Social Support: Get support from coworkers or mentors. Sharing goals with others can increase motivation and accountability.

Habits are a powerful force in our lives and work productivity. By forming positive habits, we can direct our lives and work performance towards improvement. However, it’s important to remember that negative habits can take over if we’re not careful. Therefore, it’s crucial to consciously choose and develop habits that support our goals and aspirations. Remember, we shape our habits, and over time, our habits shape us. Additionally, the reasons for making changes should outnumber the reasons for maintaining the status quo, because only through change can we grow and reach our full potential, including in work productivity.

The first step in forming the right habits is to get used to doing what is right rather than justifying what is usual. Make the right decisions, gain experience from wrong decisions, and continue learning to become better every day.

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