Not performing to the best of your ability? It’s easy to fall into bad habits when your going through the daily routine. It’s time to change your bad habits and implement new goals. Here are some tips to improve your performance at work.
Chances are you need more sleep than you’re getting. With TV, tablets and smart phone we all sit up at night mindlessly looking a screen. Set a time to put down your devices or turn off your TV. If you’re not tired, instead of looking at a phone, read a book. More sleep will provide more energy and productivity.
Start your day right
Your attitude is everything. Remember when you started your job, you were enthusiastic. This how you need to start every day. Positive energy and intentions will enable you to make good decisions; you will be less affected by complex problems and work to the best of your ability.
Clear your space
Working in a cluttered environment never helps productivity. You need a clear space to achieve a clear mind. Spending time cleaning your space of any unneeded items is a good idea. Rubbish, old work or any distractions can all be removed. If you have piles of paper and files, get them out of your working space. Nowhere to store them? Spacer offers great office storage alternatives at low prices. Self-storage is a great way to clear your office of older documents that need to be stored safely.
Have you become too comfortable at work? Pay special attention to the quality of your work at which you are producing for day to day tasks. Has your performance dropped due to becoming too comfortable with these tasks? Is the repetitive nature of these tasks taking its toll? Even though if this work is considered low priority, you need to ensure its quality is high. This work is the foundation for the rest of your work.
Setting goals are still the most underrated tool for improved productivity. Often, we set goals once and never do it again. Setting goals is an ongoing process. You must set long-term goals, short term goals and anything in between.
Long term goals are focused on personal progression and improvement. They can be specific or general like to get a promotion or learn a new skill. This is normally a yearly goal. At the end of the year, ask yourself if you have achieved that goal? Maybe you have surpassed your goal maybe you have only achieved half of it.
Weekly and daily goals or short term goals are focused on productivity and efficiency. These are quick, realistic tasks you need to have done. These goals keep you organised and on top of any work. Achieving these small goals and checking them off a list is a great way to keep motivated throughout the days and weeks.
Learn from mistakes
Mistakes should be seen as a learning opportunity. Don’t view them as a failure. Considered mistakes a learning or training experience, they are part of your experience and path to better your career. You will only learn and grow from mistakes.
Don’t over work yourself – take a break. Even if it’s five minutes, walk around the office or stretch. Make sure you find a way to move around and get off your office chair. Give your brain a rest!
You are what you eat
Food has a direct correlation to how we act, feel and perform. Healthy food improves energy, and it boosts overall productivity. Start the day off by eating something that provides plenty of energy. It’s wise to bring your lunch to work as well. Do you best to say no to colleagues going out for a burger. You will even save some money in the process!
Check, recheck and check again
Checking your work is imperative. Triple checking is now considered to be good practice. If you get a colleague to check your work, that’s even better. Mistakes happen, make a conscious effort to ensure there are no mistakes. Auto-correct and spell check are good tools, but you don’t want to rely on them all the time. Often, they don’t pick up on aspects like sentence structure issues.
No matter what the task, job or achievement, big or small, celebrate it. You owe it to yourself. Celebrate all of your victories. You will build confidence and motivation.
Improving your performance will take some effort and discipline. It is all about good habits within your daily and weekly routine.
About the Author:
Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.