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4 Ways You're Making Your Job Harder Than It Is

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4 Ways You're Making Your Job Harder Than It Is
You know your job is too hard, but you also have a feeling you might be part of the problem. Perhaps, you're adding more hassle to your plate by overcomplicating your work. So, here are four ways you're making things way tougher than they need to be-as well as how to fix them.

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Clinging to Outdated Processes

Clinging to Outdated Processes

Sometimes it seems way easier to hang on to your standard way of doing things than to adjust to your company’s new process.

But your approach is probably slowing you down. New features are usually adopted because they're more efficient. So figure out what you need to do to familiarize yourself with that new process.

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Seeking Everybody’s Approval

Seeking Everybody’s Approval

When starting a new task or assignment, figure out exactly who is the key decision-maker. That will give you the confidence you need to move forward—without hearing from absolutely everybody involved.

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Forgetting Previous Feedback

Forgetting Previous Feedback

Needing to change the same thing time and time again can be really frustrating.

So consider starting a feedback log for yourself, where you can reference changes that were suggested previously and ensure that you incorporate them into your future assignments.

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Planning for Every Possible Scenario

Planning for Every Possible Scenario

Overanalyzing every possible scenario or roadblock means you’ll continue to postpone getting started on a project.

So commit to getting started. You can still make changes along the way. 

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