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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian technology contractors relating to bad habits.

Break These Bad Habits if You Want to be More Productive

We are often told that we are our own worst enemies. Often we get in the way of our goals without even noticing. We continue to perpetuate these bad habits into our lives until they are harder to spot out.

As independent contractors it is important to address possible bad habits that may be holding back your productivity and frustrating your clients. Check out these 12 bad habits you should break, compiled in this infographic from Business Insider! If you address even some of these habits that you could benefit with more personal time, happy clients (better references), better time management skills and have the potential for a heavier coin purse. If you can’t identify the bad habits in your life, send this to a friend!

Break These Bad Habits if You Want to be More Productive

These Terrible Habits are Destroying Your Productivity

Last Monday we shared an infographic about productive meetings, touting the importance of hosting meetings that don’t waste everyone’s day. Being respectful of your colleagues’ time is certainly a positive trait in an independent contractor but maximizing your own time is an even higher priority if you want to optimize your income.

It’s easy to fall into terrible habits during your everyday work-life that eat your time and destroy your efficiency. For example, how many distractions are in your office or how frequently do you skip breakfast? There are plenty of terrible habits we pick-up that we don’t realize are costing money and this infographic from luxafor points out 10.

10 Bad Habits That Kill Your Productivity #Infographic

These Morning Routines Are Destroying Your Day

We’ve all heard the great pieces of advice that talk about the magical morning rituals we should do to have a more productive morning — exercise, eat a healthy breakfast, take a cold shower. These routines may seem easy (or ridiculous), but even with the best intentions, adding something new to an already hectic morning is no easy feat. So instead, why not eliminate a few bad habits?

We’re all guilty of at least one of the 8 items Thomas Frank lists in this video. For example, if you regularly hit the snooze button, check your smart phone immediately when you wake up, or eat an unhealthy breakfast, Frank claims you’re destroying your day before it even starts. Interestingly, he also believes that planning your day is a bad idea. Take a look and see what you can do (or not do) to have a better morning.

Pretend to Be a Genius (Even if you’re not bright)

Let’s face it: some of us just aren’t smart. Even fewer of us are geniuses.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t all have the potential to enjoy the same success as people like Bill Gates, Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson. All we really need to do is act like a genius, which can be done by understanding their top traits.

This video from Entrepreneur summarizes the good and bad habits of super smart people. Have a watch to learn what you can do to make those around you believe you’re a genius; and become more successful in your IT career.  While we strongly recommend only picking up the good habits listed in the video, it is interesting to learn about the bad habits commonly held by the upper echelon of intelligence.

Common Bad Habits in Coding (Video)

Hey programmer! Ya, you. Do you have any bad habits? Not things like biting your nails, smoking or spending too much (though you should tone that down), but have you picked up any bad habits when writing your code? If you have, then LearnToProgram: You Can Code wants you to stop. Take a look at their video below and see if there’s anywhere you can improve.