How You May Be Sabotaging Yourself at Work


Even though you’re doing a good work, you might be wondering why your career isn’t advancing at the pace that you expected. If so, then it’s possible that you’re subconsciously sabotaging yourself in a number of ways. With that in mind, we listed down some of the common ways on how you may be sabotaging yourself at work.

1. You’re Always Late at Work

Regardless of the type of job you’re currently in, there’s always something about showing up late for work that signifies that you’re not that serious about what you do. It may be an unfortunate reality, given that you need to work through lunch or until late in the evening to make up for the time you lost, but its reality nevertheless. So aim to arrive on time whenever possible, so as to avoid leaving a bad impression on your boss.

2. You Avoid Getting Attention

Another way of sabotaging yourself at work is by avoiding getting any attention. We know that you don’t want to seem like a show-off, but no one will notice the efforts you’re putting in your work unless you flaunt them a little. One way of successfully doing it is to be updated on your own achievements. Make sure that you keep a list of your accomplishments both outside and inside of your work. It would also be a smart move to post some career-related statuses or tweets on your social media accounts. This way, you can effortlessly make your achievements known to both your current and future employers.

3. You Often Forget to Set Your Priorities

It’s quite easy to get swept in a whirlwind of responsibilities and tasks – you take a phone call, respond to an email, and perform a task you just thought of. Before you even know it, the day is already over and you still haven’t done your ‘important’ work. Setting your priorities straight is what will help you resolve this issue. By following a clear priority system, you’ll be able to determine which tasks can be done later and which ones need your attention now.

4. You Refuse to Try a New Work System

Most of us sabotage our own potential to shine at work by being deeply ingrained in a system that we’ve relied on and used for years. We’ve created a set routine and so we’re afraid of changing it, since it worked fine up until now. If you want to truly maximize your potential, however, you need to experiment and try the new processes and routines available. Don’t worry if it won’t immediately work out for the better. Eventually, you’ll discover a new system that will allow you to showcase more of you potential at work.

If you ever find yourself committing any of these acts of sabotage, do know that you’re not alone. These issues are common in the modern work culture and they will manifest even without you noticing. But now that you know the effects they could bring on your work, you can already take some proactive measures to cut off their influence on your working life.

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