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6 Habits to Kick Before You Start Your New Job

You finally landed the job you’ve been looking for, and the future looks bright. In just a few weeks, your start date will arrive, you’ll head into the office for your first day, and you’ll leave the current chapter of your life behind.

But if you’re wise, you’ll be leaving a few other things behind as well, including these destructive habits. If you’ve been out of work for a while, you may have slipped into a few daily behavior patterns that it’s time to shake off. And if you’ve been plotting your escape from a less-than-perfect job, you can use this transition to make some changes to your work and social habits.

1. Going to bed late

If you’re used to procrastinating and waiting until midnight to turn off the TV, stop doing that today. Move your bedtime up by at least an hour, and the early mornings ahead won’t seem so rough. Some people need at least nine hours of sleep to function and some need only five or six, but whatever your requirements are, respect them and start shifting your habits now.

2. Expecting the benefit of the doubt

If you’ve been working for your current employer for years—even if you aren’t wild about each other—there are many small courtesies and accommodations you’ve been receiving that you may be taking for granted. Remember: in your new position, you’ll be a total stranger, and you’ll be sized up and judged by your words and actions alone. Very small gestures will make a big difference as you launch your new relationship.

3. Showing up on time

As your new position starts, don’t show up on time– show up a few minutes early. Keep this up until you earn some trust and develop a reputation for reliability.

4. Exercising on an unsustainable schedule (or not at all)

Your exercise habits will need to change to accommodate your new lifestyle. Don’t let this part of your day slide off the schedule or assume a low priority position. Too often, those who step into new jobs decide that if they can’t exercise in the morning or afternoon as they typically do, they can just cut this item out of the daily plan. Find a new routine before this happens.

5. Counting on your team

Your current team of coworkers or direct reports may be so reliable they feel like your right arm. They’re there when you need them, gone when you don’t, ready to swoop in when you have a problem, and as steady as clockwork when they’re handling their own responsibilities. But your new team may not be so trustworthy. Before you close your eyes and fall backwards expecting them to catch you (literally or figuratively), feel them out and assess their weaknesses and strengths.

6. Assuming your way is the only way

When it comes to certain technical or clinical procedures that are essential to your job, you’re used to doing things your own way. Your way works. As far as you’re concerned, it’s the best way, and maybe the only way. Rethink this as you step into your new workplace, and get ready to make some adjustments to your core approach. While you’re at it, resist the urge to constantly compare your old employer’s policies and procedures with those of your new one, as in: “At XYZ Co, we always used to…”

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