You have most likely read about the beneficial habits for people of different specialties and professions. They help to keep their body and mind in tone and therefore give time to do more tasks more efficiently. In this article, we will discuss ten good habits that can help you become a successful business analyst. If you already work in this area, you will be able to apply some of these tips or learn something new. If you are a novice, then lean back and read carefully. The formation of correct and useful habits is a long and difficult path that will eventually make your life much easier and help achieve your personal goals for work. And do not forget that beginning is half the battle.
1. Plan and prioritize
Proper planning and prioritization are two interconnected habits which help you be aware of how much time you spend on certain tasks, what tasks are important to you at each moment, and how much time you have to rest. You should consider all these to keep your physical and mental health at the necessary level and to perform complex analytical tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. Get yourself an electronic or paper organizer and use it to the maximum. The more detailed your plans are, the better. If something has changed, you can always make adjustments, so it’s best to record everything so you don’t forget. Be aware of your daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly routine. Own and manage your time because this is your most valuable resource.
2. Rest properly and exercise regularly
Let's talk in more detail about leisure and sport – these habits are as important as all the others. Exercise reduces stress and helps clear your head. It diverts our over-loaded brain to other simpler and more instinctive tasks, and transfers all complex calculations and thoughts into the background. In the end, you can get find new solutions to old problems or answers to questions you did not even have time to ask. Create a habit of exercising at home or in the gym at least 2-3 times a week, and you will see how much easier it becomes to think, sleep, and live in general. Replace mental exertion with physical and vice versa, and get the required amount of sleep. This will improve your overall condition and boost your creativity.
3. Follow the news and read special literature
Obviously, you should be most interested in business news, but also pay attention to news related to the development and introduction of new technologies. Today, the world of technology is evolving so rapidly that entire areas and industries change overnight. You fall asleep in a world where there are couriers and mail, and you wake up in a world where drones carry purchases from a warehouse. Does it change business? Of course. Should a good business analyst be aware of such changes? Of course. As for special literature, you will not be able to develop your skills without having a good knowledge base. This constantly needs work. Learn the basics of business analysis, compare old and new approaches, analyze mistakes, build and improve your skills. Work on the habit of reading the news every morning or evening. Choose from several proven quality sources. Create a list of references and read a certain number of books per month.
4. Attend professional events and surround yourself with experts
Even if you have been in business for a few years, there are always those who have been involved in business analysis for decades. Visiting professional events such as business seminars, lectures, meetings, and speeches provides an important opportunity to meet important contacts, share experiences, and learn a lot of useful information. Of course, you can read a ton of literature, but why not use other sources that are perhaps even better than a book? People who have worked in a particular field for many years are like filters that have seen a lot, know a lot, and are able to highlight key and useful knowledge that has made them experts. Always take the opportunity to talk to such specialists and ask questions that interest you, or simply ask for advice. Discuss your thoughts and get constructive criticism. Let yourself be guided while testing your personal theories. The more of such meetings, contacts, and conversations hold, the more "live" and applicable your knowledge will be.
5. Take on challenging tasks and never let your analytic stream fade away
The more complex and non-standard tasks you perform, the faster and more efficiently you will be able to solve new one. If your task is completely routine and does not interest you, you can always delegate the task to others, for example, writing/documentation services. The habit of delegating tasks is also very important. It saves you from uninteresting tasks, saves time and gives you the opportunity to do something more important and useful.
Try to develop these good habits. Experiment with these tips over a few months, and you will see how much your quality of life has changed and how fast you grow as a professional. Good luck!