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5 Work Habits for a Successful 2019

Kira Morgan / 1.31.2019

There is no better time than now to re-evaluate your current work habits — both the positive and the not so positive ones. (Don’t worry, we all have them!) Be honest and take a good look at what is and isn’t working for you, your team and your clients. While everyone works differently, here are my top five work habits that I believe, if implemented, will ensure a successful 2019.

There is no better time than now to re-evaluate your current work habits — both the positive and the not so positive ones.
Use your work habits to make 2019 your year.


This should go without saying, but the first step in creating positive work habits is to recognize and eliminate the bad ones. For example, if you arrive late to work, aim to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier. Some key negative behaviors to look out for may include gossiping, complaining, whining and blaming others. These are all habits that set you up for failure rather than success. And let’s be honest – who wants to work with Negative Nelly?


Maintaining a daily to-do list is great, but it isn’t enough on its own. If you have a list of 20 items for the day, you need to know what items must be checked off before you leave for the day. As an Account Director, I am constantly working on prioritizing and meeting deadlines. The method that has worked best for me is using Post-it Notes for my hot items. I typically write down the client, the project and the deliverables and then I stick the note right on my computer. I generally check off items as I accomplish them, with the best feeling of being able to crumble up the note and throw it in the trash.


This is one of the best work habits for a successful 2019, hands down. From how you save files on a computer to how you manage paperwork and emails, you must implement a system that is easy and time efficient. My methods include filing incoming emails by clients; I have a folder for every client in my inbox. When scheduling meetings, I assign color categories for each client, so that I know at first glance which client it is for. I am also very old school in that I keep manila folders at my desk (Hey, what can I say?). While I don’t print out everything, I do keep paper trails of important documents such as creative briefs, statement of works and client feedback. It’s easier for me to have a folder in hand to reference items in meetings and it provides me with a sense of confidence knowing that I have what I need at my fingertips.


I cannot begin to tell you the number of times that having thorough meeting notes saved me from the embarrassment of having to ask a client a question that was already answered. Whether it’s a minor or major detail, I am intent on listening and taking as many notes as possible in meetings. Plus, I have always found that writing out information helps me digest and understand it better. Regardless of your title and the role you play in your organization, this should be a golden rule incorporated into your work habits.


It’s easy to take ownership when things are going right, but true character is shown when you can admit your mistakes and faults. If your tone with a fellow coworker is out of line – apologize. Did you forget to review something in a haste, send it to a client and they noticed a major misspelling? Take responsibility for your actions, own up, learn lessons and move on. We are all human and no one is perfect. Mistakes happen, but I promise you people will respect you more if you are honest and upfront about what part you may have played in a situation.