We all have bad work habits that we just can’t seem to quit. However, sometimes, we just accept them as an inevitable part of life because it seems like it is impossible to get rid of them. Other times, we want to make a change, but nothing seems to work. Or maybe we don’t even realize there is a problem.

These are some of the most annoying work habits in the medical sector that could be holding back our possible solutions.

If any of these sound familiar, sit back and reflect on your workday and think about how you could make a change for the better.

Skipping meals:

Healthcare professionals get stuck at work and simply forget to eat or don’t wait. There may be patients waiting for you or a lot of paperwork to review. But it’s still important to spend some time on food whenever you can.

You can pack small meals or healthy snacks ahead of time in a lunch bag or cooler. Keep food within reach for easy access and as a visual reminder. Also, make sure you have plenty of time before your shift to have a healthy and satisfying meal.

Procrastinate, then rush

Procrastination doesn’t help anyone, especially you. When you wait until the last minute, it affects your performance and can increase your stress levels. Reduce procrastination by prioritizing your tasks and setting strict deadlines.

Resist change

It may seem like a cliché, but changing bad habits is a natural part of life. You may not feel comfortable with changes in your work routine or job responsibilities, but they will happen no matter how you feel.

So why not embrace these changes rather than fight them? Instead of saying, “But we’ve always done it this way,” be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. You never know; You may find that you really like these changes in the long run.

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Gossiping can be harmless and can spice up a boring workday. But it can also create a negative work environment. Try to keep gossip to a minimum and acknowledge when you’ve crossed a line. If you pry into the private affairs of your coworkers or make them feel uncomfortable, it may be time to step back and consider whether you’ve gone too far.

Taking things too personally

Sometimes criticism can be seen as a personal attack. Rather than taking immediate offense, consider whether your coworker is trying to help you or offering you some solid advice. It can be difficult to interpret someone’s tone when speaking via email or online chat, so be aware that they may have said it in a different way than you read it.

Put your personal life before work

If the first thing you do when you get to work is log into your personal Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / account. Pinterest or another social media account, you may have a problem.

We understand that life happens. There will be times when you will need to take that personal call, or there will be times when a family emergency requires you to leave work early. That is perfectly understandable. But when your personal life or social media addiction constantly interferes with your daily work, it’s time to make a change.

Being disorganized

A few scattered papers and a couple of sticky notes never hurt anyone, but there is a fine line between clutter and total chaos. A cluttered workplace can hurt your productivity and make you feel out of focus. If you’re having trouble finding a pen or medical chart, it might be time to order it. It will be much easier to find everything and finish tasks quickly when your workspace is organized.


Yes, you can be more productive when you avoid talking to others, but isolating yourself can have some negative consequences. Instead of ignoring your coworkers, greet them with a smile and a friendly disposition. A nice gesture, a “How are you?” or a compliment can turn a bad day into a good one.


You may not realize it, but these bad work habits are hurting your job performance and your chances of moving forward. Eliminate any work problems by staying on top of them and then taking steps to overcome them. Stay positive and remember that you can change your behaviors.

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