You know that dude who does the bare minimum and clearly doesn’t want to be at the office? You’re half tempted to put a whoopie cushion on his chair just to see if his blank, disinterested expression changes with the shock. And there are more like him.
What is it that makes people like him so ineffective? Psychology Today says that just like Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, there’s another list of habits to be conscious of: The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People. And they go like this:
1. They doubt they have what it takes
Highly ineffective people lack the confidence to learn from their mistakes and take chances on new ventures.
2. They wait too long to get started
Highly ineffective people are often procrastinators and time wasters. If they do get things done on time, they often aren’t done well.
3. They lose their patience faster
Highly ineffective people are always looking for shortcuts, sacrificing quality for speed (probably because they’ve procrastinated so much). They don’t have the patience for a good, committed win, so their work is sloppy and they often spend time fixing mistakes.
4. They multitask shamelessly
Highly ineffective people try to take everything on all at once, overcommitting and exhausting themselves, while under-delivering on their objectives.
5. They want change without having to change
Highly ineffective people embody the phrase, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. They say they want change but, in reality, are unwilling to learn new skills, they object to new ideas and they oppose new practices.
6. They strive for perfection
Highly ineffective people spend a lot of time trying to perfect a project rather than making it useful. They care more about not making mistakes than learning valuable lessons from them.
7. They complain a lot
Highly ineffective people are pessimists. They spend a lot of time complaining, blaming others and feeling sorry about themselves; refusing to take responsibility for their circumstances.
Do you see yourself in an of these habits? Consider making a change. Your colleagues and your future self will thank you.