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50 Effective Ways To Excel At Work Every Single Week

50 Effective Ways To Excel At Work Every Single Week

Excelling in the workplace is, without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges that you can go through. Every day people are turning up to work at 70% or less, simply unable to give their best for whatever reason. The problem is that most of the time it’s a lack of clarity and information, not knowing the job well enough. Other times, the factors can be more obscure and more personal – whatever the reason is, you should try and use the following to excel at work in a range of situations.

  1. Encourage others in the workplace – you will feel the benefit from positive responses.
  2. Treat every task that you undertake in work as very important, seeking perfection.
  3. Focus on any task that you undertake to ensure that perfection is achievable.
  4. Find an element of your job that interests you, and devote yourself to specializing in it.
  5. Don’t let progress or success stunt your morals; you’ll be happier knowing you’re ethically sound.
  6. See something going wrong in the workplace that you want to try and avoid? Take action, don’t let it fester.
  7. Always try and be a part of the solution when possible; don’t wait for others to fix the glaring issue.
  8. Delegate when you can, so others can help out and so they know that you believe in their overall talent.
  9. Don’t hide behind lies, it gets you nowhere and only dampens your own morale.
  10. Avoid gossiping, it can come back to haunt you.
  11. Instead, make yourself the go-to person for those who need support and genuine help.
  12. Avoid complaining in the workplace, as it can easily spread to others and make them feel similarly negligent in the workplace.
  13. Help out as many people as you can.
  14. Never let a negative attitude get in the car with you in the morning.
  15. Keep your emotions in check and avoid speaking through passion/anger.
  16. Never be happy with the result, always try and improve it incrementally.
  17. Don’t let fear or lack of confidence hold you back; believe in yourself at all times.
  18. Ask for help, never be afraid to look for assistance and to learn.
  19. Set the right example for others in the workplace with task completion and general attitude.
  20. Don’t look for credit, help people out for the right reasons.
  21. Always prepare for the worst eventuality – stay ahead of the game.
  22. Don’t be afraid to fail – failure allows you to learn and improve as an individual.
  23. Don’t sit aound and be idle at work – look into the best ways to stay sharp and improve skills.
  24. Learn a new skill that could help take you to the next level.
  25. Ensure that the choices you make fit with your values as a person.
  26. Take on every task with the intention of making it sublime.
  27. Giving up on a task is not the right attitude – be prepared to make the most of a ask to excel and show leadership.
  28. Show leadership when others around you start to falter, providing moral support and advice
  29. Never get ahead of yourself; you are never complete and must be ready to learn new skills with regularity
  30. Remove limitations by training, excelling and always asking for help when its needed.
  31. Take responsibility when you do the job well, and when you mess up.
  32. Show respect to everyone whether they are your superior or a new start with no real experience.
  33. Maximize the way that you contribute in a group by offering group-oriented support and advice.
  34. Respect the time others provide to you, don’t expect it.
  35. Become an expert in your key situation in the business to make sure you can always assist.
  36. Make promises and be sure to keep them, don’t let people down or they will lost trust in you.
  37. Be open with people, so they can understand your actions and your motives.
  38. Listen to what you are being told – it might just make the difference.
  39. Always be kind and gracious in any workplace situation.
  40. Offer friendship to those who need it most.
  41. Lead from within – create a culture of help and assistance within everyone.
  42. Never work idly, always work with a genuine purpose to succeed.
  43. Communicate with your mind, and not with your heart – always make the rational, informed decision in the workplace.
  44. Manage your stress levels and make sure people can feel secure around you, and that your character can be counted upon in times of stress.
  45. Don’t let your knowledge of the job go stale, and always seek more information.
  46. Deliver results when asked, and ensure that it’s done on time.
  47. Be open and honest with people when things are running behind; don’t let other people down.
  48. Always provide the clearest answer possible.
  49. Give staff members with less experience time to learn and grow with you.
  50. Never expect things to be completed to suit you – the workplace revolves around other people, as well.

Use these to your advantage in the workplace, and you can prosper and move up the rankings. Additionally, you’ll build a better rapport with other members of staff; all of this will help you hit your 100% in work and get the job done every time.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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