4 Habits You Need to Shake Before Starting Your Career

4 Habits You Need to Shake Before Starting Your Career

After doing something for literally your entire life, it’s easy to develop habits. While schooling gets different as we make our way up the food chain, we still engage in patterns and routines that eventually become ingrained into who we are as individuals. 

Especially in college.

In college, when workloads really start getting high, we tend to develop some of our most consistent habits. While some of these habits and routines may have worked for us back then, they can become extremely toxic if incorporated into your professional life today. Whether you’re a graphic designer looking for a job or a full-time copywriter at an agency, these are some habits you need to leave at the door. 

1.) Procrastination/Late Nights

Gone are the days when you can take a bunch of Adderal and cram for a Geology test that you know nothing about in 12 hours. If you try finishing a project like that before a deadline, you can pretty much say goodbye to your productivity levels for the next 2-3 days as your body recovers from a sleepless night.

Nothing beats the feeling of having an afternoon class and binging Netflix all night. But unless it’s one of the few holidays you get off, you’re going to have to save those late nights watching Grey’s Anatomy for the weekend.  

2.) Tone and Style

If you try to perceive your time at school like working in advertising, your professors could be seen as your audience, or the person you’re trying to sell. If you break it down, however, you can see how different your tone and style needs to be in the differing scenarios. 

In school, you more or less know your professor. You know that, for a majority of the time, they are going to want well-written essays with high-level language and advanced diction. But as a copywriter targeting a broad audience of all different education levels, if you try speaking to customers the same way you write essays, you’re not going to get anywhere. While technical writing skills do come in handy, you’ll need to use your best judgement to know when and when not to pull out the big guns. 

3.) Diet

If your first job out of college is one of your bigger paychecks, it’s easy to lose a little bit of control. It’s your first time with some money to spend, and you’re no longer forced to consume diets strictly containing Ramen Noodles and Easy Mac. We don’t blame you. 

Indulge, but know when enough is enough. And try to set some limits on yourself. Any creative will tell you that their health both physical and mental will affect their imagination and execution abilities. So enjoy yourself, but treat your body right. 

4.) Expectations

As many come to learn in college, you can’t expect to be rewarded or recognized for everything you do right. Nothing drives a boss crazier than an employee who insists that everyone knows what they did right. Not only is it annoying, it devalues your work and contributions. 

If you kill the game and act like it’s no big deal, like it’s just another day in the office, you’re going to get more respect for what you do. People might not come up to you and give you a high-five, but people will take mental notes of it. People who might be responsible for changing the numbers on your paycheck.

Stay Feisty

While there are plenty of ways you can make yourself more productive and a bigger asset to the company you’re working for, don’t forget to stay true to your core values. The things that made you the unique creative you are today. You wouldn’t be where you are without it right?

This doesn’t happen overnight. You need to work at it and come to understand your own unique habits and what you can improve on. What never hurts is trying your luck and refining from there.


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