It’s time for investing in chunky sweaters, budgeting for pumpkin spice lattes and studying up on FOOTBALL! While fall brings those weird sports rituals and yummy soul food, there are also habits to pick up on in the workplace. The laid-back demeanor of summer needs to change soon because the end of the year is quickly approaching! This fall, consider changing these work habits:

Kick procrastination

During the lazy days of summer, procrastinating on projects is almost inevitable. However, as the end of the year approaches, your workload may increase or become more intense. As fall approaches, make it a top priority to work on projects leading up to the deadline, instead of waiting until the last minute. If you have a month long project, insert weekly reminders on your calendar to complete bits each week so you’re not left with a hefty load at the end.

Slow down and focus

During the summer, it’s easy to get caught up on worrying about next weekend’s plans. All the summer commotion can either distract you from work or create endless amounts of stress. According to a Harvard Business Review article, “Recent studies are showing that taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environment in which so many of us now live, work and lead.” The article later explains how taking even two minutes to decompress and gather your thoughts will help you relax. Try it this fall!

Spread your positivity

The transition into fall is typically welcomed with open arms until the cold weather creeps in and end-of-the-year jitters consume our thoughts. This can leave people stressed or just plain tired. However, this fall try to keep a positive mindset. Instead of dreading the loads of work ahead of you, look at how much you’ve already achieved! If you’ve closed out a major project, completed a report, landed a new client, or simply updated your LinkedIn page, that’s a win! Once you’ve accepted this mindset, share it with others. This fall, recognize co-workers by sending a personal “thank you” or “great job!” email, reach out on birthdays and give them your support. The more positive you are, the more it will reflect on others!

Be aware of screen time

According to Flurry, “the average U.S. consumer spends a whopping 5 hours a day on mobile devices.” This isn’t very surprising, considering we live in an era where new technology gadgets and apps are constantly being created or updated. With that being said, we need to be mindful about how we’re using screen time. For instance, if you’re scrolling through Instagram during your commute or lunch break, consider popping on a podcast, playing a brain-stimulating game or catching up on the latest world news! This fall, try to find new ways to spend those 5 hours of screen time. You’ll be a walking wealth of knowledge before you know it!

Be fashionably on time

Summer is typically the most laid-back time of the year. Arriving a few minutes late every once in awhile is probably acceptable because so many people are coming and going due to vacations and other time off. However, consider getting in the habit of arriving at work ready to get goin’ on time! Even though this might be a minor habit to break, it’s really important. When you’re constantly arriving late, you’re trying to play catch up. This fall, work on adjusting your schedule to arrive on time!

Changing seasons means changing work habits! This fall, commit to altering small habits to make for a more productive workplace. If you have any suggestions on habits to change, please share below: