Improving your performance at work should be your top priority if you are to grow your career, make a living out of it, and develop yourself on a personal level. (Shutterstock/File)
Improving your performance at work should be your top priority if you are to grow your career, make a living out of it and develop yourself on a personal level. As important as this is, getting it done has never been easy.
Here are seven ways to improve your work performance and succeed in your career:
1. Be sufficiently prepared
Preparing for work goes beyond taking a shower, having breakfast and brushing your teeth. It involves everything you do from the time you left the office yesterday to the time you report to work today. For that reason, it is imperative that you make it your habit to do only the things that boost your morale and energy to work. These include eating healthy meals, exercising on a daily basis and sleeping well.
It is time you stopped watching movies late into the night, because that could be the main reason you feel fatigued at work. Sleeping late also increases your chances of eating junk food, which in turn expose you to many lifestyle diseases. Poor health means poor performance at work, absenteeism and missed career opportunities.
2. Constantly challenge yourself to do better
Maybe you were the best in your class, or maybe you have been voted as the best employee in your department on several occasions. That’s impressive. However, you will not grow your career by basking in your former glory.
Start challenging your ability and capacity and making a genuine effort to improve both. You will do this by reading widely about professionals who succeeded in your niche before you, setting ambitious goals and brainstorming ideas with your colleagues. Acquire another relevant diploma if need be, but don’t tire of bettering yourself.
3. Breaks are invaluable
Spending too much time in the office doesn’t necessarily help you get more done. Sometimes it burns you out and denies you invaluable time to network and meet new people.
Creating a stable and healthy work-life balance is the way to go if you wish to perform at the highest levels and still grow your career. Take a week off and go for that dream vacation with your family. Leave your desk or office once in a while and visit other departments; meet new people and ask them questions about their job description. Go for mentorship and counseling sessions.
Bottom line: Sacrificing your life and happiness to grow your career is counterproductive.
4. Help your juniors to grow
If you are a senior employee or a business owner, be a team leader and not a boss to your juniors. Always appreciate them when they achieve something monumental, be it in their personal lives or at work. Show genuine concern in their personal lives and empathize with their situations. Listen to their problems and help where you can.
Being humble is also a way of showing the team members that you value their input to the team. By so doing, you will earn all the respect, admiration, and encouragement you need to ascend to the next level.
It has been proven that mentoring others can help you to understand your vision better and to acquire new talents. It would be wise of you to consider life coaching training in order to acquire the necessary skills of mentoring your juniors. Use that training to help your employees improve their career ladder and before you know it, they will have pushed you higher up.
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5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
It is okay to fail at your first, second or even tenth attempt. Having glaring shortcoming isn’t an offense. Congratulating yourself after a job well done isn’t wrong either. In everything that you put your hands on, always understand that you have an equal chance of failure as you have of success and that your shortcomings might stand in your way to success.
If things aren’t going as you would want them to, just pause and consider your options. Don’t quit or hate yourself for that.
6. Love or leave your job
If you are in the right profession, love your job and look forward to it at all times. If you were forced into your current career, say by your parents, maybe it is time you left before it is too late.
Join the career that you connect with at a personal level and put your mind to making it work. You may never have the chance to grow in the wrong career.
7. Learn to live in the moment
You don’t have to multitask in order to achieve more at work. You don’t have to watch TV and work at the same time in order to save time. You don’t have to freak out at work because your best friend isn’t talking to you.
Just set time for everything, minimize distractions and focus on one task at a time. (kes)
Rilind Elezaj is an experienced digital marketing specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Rilind possesses a strong entrepreneurial mindset and has devoted his career to enhancing the sphere of digital marketing. In his methodological approach, Rilind integrates web development and other digital marketing solutions to create hybrid strategies that bring the best results.
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