Replacing Bad Habits In Your Engineering Career Can Be As Simple As Cucumbers


I have always been a relatively healthy eater, but as of recently, I have developed some not-so-good habits with respect to eating sweets and desserts.  The habits developed like any habits do, because I started eating them consistently and the process became routine.

We often develop detrimental habits in our engineering careers such as checking e-mails too frequently, submitting designs without asking others to check them, or skipping professional society meetings.  Doing these enough times will make them appear to be part of our normal routine, however they are really just bad habits that are negatively affecting our career development.

So what can you do to break these bad habits? 

Here’s how I am breaking my habit of eating too many sweets; I believe that you can use the same methodology for breaking ANY bad habit.  In order to break a bad habit, you MUST replace it with another habit, preferably a good one!

In my case, at the beginning of each week, I cut up cucumbers and put them in a Tupperware in the refrigerator and then any time I get the urge to eat a sweet, instead I eat some cucumbers.  Not only is this helping to eliminate my bad habit, but also it is instilling a new one of eating healthier snacks throughout the day.

I know this sounds extremely simple, maybe even too simple, but it works.  If you don’t believe me, try it yourself.

Start right now and think of one good habit you can use to replace a bad habit that you have developed.  Remember, replacing just one bad habit can have a HUGE impact on your career and life and could literally accelerate your career or personal development by several years.

What habits have you been able to eliminate or replace and how?

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To your success,

Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success

  • Pat Sweet

    Hey Anthony,

    Great post! I think this is an excellent idea. Just like it’s much easier to find something that’s added to a picture than it is to spot something that’s been removed, it’s much easier to start something new than to stop something. I love the simplicity of your cucumber idea :-) The simpler the better, because you’ll be so much more likely to actually stick with it.

    Thanks, man!

  • Anthony Fasano

    Thanks Pat, always appreciate your feedback!