Getting Ahead of the Game at Work
Being efficient and productive is the way of the world.
Whether you agree with this almost cut-throat outlook on life, or you’re more laid back at heart and in principle, there’s no denying that in order to excel in any aspect of your life, especially academic or professional, a certain level of efficiency is necessary.
You don’t have to overdo things and burn yourself out, but in order to stay ahead of the game, you will probably have to make some changes to your self and your environment. From behavioral changes to changes in work ethic, there’s a lot that can be done.
How Do I Increase Productivity and Efficiency at Work?
Before going any further, it’s important to realize that change has to come from within. Even if your motivations for making a change are external, like a bonus, a promotion, a better job or a pay raise, the desire to change must be sustained by an internal desire.
1) Define Purpose
Start with understanding your purpose and reasons for doing the work you do. What makes you get up each morning and show up despite everything that could be holding you back? Is it family? Is it drive? Is it the desire to do more, be more, achieve more? Knowing your purpose helps you realize your efforts aren’t in vain.
2) Goal Setting
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure from the get-go. That won’t do you any good and can, instead, impact your self-esteem greatly. Set aside big and small goals, things you want to cross off your checklist eventually and things that can be crossed off right away.
It’s going to help you prioritize and organize better. You can’t become the CEO of a company within a month of working there, but you can work hard and show your higher-ups your competence, which ties into your larger goals.
3) Attitude Adjustment
As professional motivational speaker, Steve Rizzo says:
“If you get your words and attitude going in the right direction, you will notice a shift in the way your day and your life are going.”
It’s as simple as that! Your attitude can make or break your entire career, so keep it in check. Positivity is a state of mind.
4) Breaking Tasks Down to Avoid Multitasking and Improving Focus
Don’t take on too much; even if it seems like the ideal route to efficiency, it’s quite the opposite. Take your time to focus on smaller tasks, and break down larger tasks into smaller fragments as well. When you do one thing well, with focus and attention, it contributes to the overall quality of your work.
5) Taking Breaks When Needed
Don’t think you need to work yourself to the bone to succeed. Take things easy and slow, giving yourself rest when you need, or you’ll risk burnout and crash. During the day, take time to slow down and rest, and make use of downtime and holidays when they come around.
Productivity is important, but not at the expense of your mental, physical and emotional health. Be sure to take care of yourself! If you’d like more advice on life, career and success, hire Steve Rizzo, Hall of Fame Speaker, as the inspirational keynote speaker at your next corporate event!