Trades are amongst the most sought after professions in 2023, which means there are more demands on you than ever before to be successful in their jobs. We all need to have good habits so that we can stay ahead of the competition and maintain a healthy work-life balance. That's why it's important to start implementing good habits now, so they can be productive, efficient and successful this year.
Why bad habits are bad for your business and your health
Having bad habits can hinder your progress in the industry and cause health problems. Bad habits such as procrastination, unhealthy eating, skipping meals, not exercising and staying up late can lead to fatigue, stress and burnout. This affects tradies' ability to work efficiently on jobs and manage their time effectively.
Here are easy 11 tradie habits you should take into 2023
- Plan Your Day
Take some time each night or early morning to plan out your day. This will ensure you're organised, focused, and on track with all of your tasks. Planning also helps keep stress levels low by giving you clarity on what needs to get done and when.
- Eat Healthy
Eating healthy meals gives your body the fuel it needs to get through a long day of hard work. It will also keep your energy levels up and improve your concentration, so you can stay on top of all your jobs.
- Exercise Regularly
Get into a regular exercise routine to help stay mentally and physically fit. Even if it's just going for a walk or doing some stretches, exercising regularly helps reduce stress, clear your mind and give you more energy throughout the day.
- Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for tradies who are constantly on the go. Not getting enough rest can cause tiredness, which can make it difficult to concentrate or stay motivated at work. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night so that you're well-rested and ready to tackle the day ahead.
- Watch your posture
Poor posture can lead to back pain, headaches, and fatigue. Make sure you practise good posture when working by standing and sitting up straight with your shoulders back.
- Lift objects correctly
Don't pick up heavy objects without a proper technique. Always bend at your knees, keep your back straight and use your legs to lift.
- Wear PPE
Wear the right personal protective equipment (PPE) on any job site to stay safe and avoid injuries.
- Work safely
Safety should always be a priority. Take the time to assess any potential dangers at the job site and take precautions to ensure everyone is safe. Taking regular breaks throughout the day will help you stay focused and productive, as well as decrease your risk of injury due to fatigue.
- Stay on top of maintenance
Regularly check and maintain your tools and equipment so that you can work safely and efficiently. This includes inspecting hoses for leaks or cracks, lubricating moving parts, cleaning toolsurfaces and checking the power cord for damage.
- Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can affect how well you work, so make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water.
- Invest in Yourself
Make time to invest in yourself by learning new skills or taking a course related to your trade. This will help you become more knowledgeable and efficient in what you do, which could lead to more business opportunities in the future.
By taking these habits into 2023, you can make sure you're staying productive, safe and healthy. Start implementing these habits now to make the most of your career and stay on top of your job.