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50 Effective Ways To Excel At Work Every Single Week

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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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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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