Experienced workers have a tendency to overlook their skills and become complacent. A wise worker should never neglect doing a regular ‘self-assessment’ in order to see what his strengths and weaknesses are. Complacency may even lead to work loss especially when people start to slack off, and no longer do the necessary things to keep up with fast changing world of work.

So how do we regularly assess ourselves in order to warn us that we are becoming complacent? We start becoming complacent if we are already guilty of following 5 critical mistakes:

1. Doing it by yourself
It’s nice to be alone and do things by on your own. But if you intentionally isolate yourself from the group, you are missing out on various activities that may even lead to miscommunication with your co-workers. Get involved in group activities, business discussions, project meetings and even constructive work related debates.

2. Not having a plan
When you don’t design your work life it may lead to lack of professional direction, meaning you have no idea what your next steps are. This may manifest when you encounter difficulty or when a project ends.

3. Inability to identify your goals
Plan out your daily activities until it spans to a week and gives you enough energy to at least prepare for a month. When you have accomplish each task or project, communicate your accomplishments with your team and create a blueprint for your next steps.

4. Thinking too much
Overthinking is dangerous and will hamper your productivity. This happens when you find yourself thinking of different ways to redo your work in order to make it better. Or when you are constantly relieving mistakes in your mind without forgiving yourself and moving forward.To counter the vicious cycle of overthinking, you can schedule a time to think about what happened during the day and when you’re done, move on to do other things.

Movement can help you get things off your mind and so does focusing on the solution instead of the problem. Next time you find yourself thinking too much about a situation, an issue or anything, practice mindfulness and tell yourself that you should already be doing something new instead of thinking too much.

5. Not learning more and investing in yourself
It’s easy to let your guard down and not spend time to learn new and better ways to do things. Start learning more by complying with a schedule. For example, you can allocate 15 to 30 minutes to learn a new skill that could help you increase your productivity and the efficiency of your work. Make sure that you track your progress by having a chart or a checklist of things that you need to learn. Tick them off one by one as you finish them.


Letting your guard down can hamper your productivity because you are satisfied with how things are going. Especially when you no longer exert a conscious effort to improve your skills and how effective you are in doing it.

Keep in mind that you are at work. Working requires your ability to improve your output all the time. Talk to your supervisor or immediate managers regularly to get updates and new ways to approach your job. You can even talk to your friends and peers who have already found their way up the corporate ladder to get some advice. Always be on the look out for new technology and opportunities. Never stop learning to avoid being being complacent.

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