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Super Boost Your Performance at Work in 6 Easy Steps

Super Boost Your Performance at Work in 6 Easy Steps

Many individuals may find that their work is slumping at work. This can be in the form of decreased quality of their product, multiple mistakes being made, or simply work not being performed as quickly as possible. In addition, low performance at work can also be tied to individuals who could be getting work completed, but are completely drained either by the middle of the day or near the end of it. Here are six ways in which you can boost your attitude and quality of work.

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    1. Chart your day

    The first step to increasing your performance at work is to have an idea of how your day will go, both in and out of your job. If you go about your day, simply based on instruction or the run of the day’s course, you will not only miss out on the important tasks that must get completed for the day, you’ll run around like a headless chicken while doing so. Before going to bed, make a to-do list of the tasks that have to get completed the next day. In the morning, review the list and make appropriate adjustments. Plan to do the more difficult takes in the beginning, so your day will progressively become easier. Make use of applications like Wunderlist to make task lists that can be complemented with notes, micro-tasks, and even multimedia.

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      2. Keep yourself updated

      There is a small scale and large scale component to doing this. Keeping yourself updated on the small scale involves continuing to ensure that you stay updated on current events. This allows you to become a well-rounded individual and more informed about what’s going on around you. When you awaken, have news pushed directly to your smartphone through push notifications, so that you can wake up informed.

      On a large scale, keeping yourself updated comes in the form of having your skills and tools continually contemporary. If you are in the tech industry, this involves ensuring that you are on top of the latest iterations in the programming language you know, or possibly picking up new ones. Even in a non-technical industry, learning how to do something as simple as making dynamic Microsoft Office documents can set you apart from the pack.

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        3. Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle

        Focusing on your health will allow you to gain a positive attitude about the work that you are doing. Sleep is directly related to your health, and so it is important to ensure that you get between seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Once your sleep is taken care of, the next aspect of a healthy lifestyle is what goes into your body.

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        Start by having a healthy breakfast that includes a good amount of protein, natural sugars, less caffeine and more of natural energy boosters. While it is true that coffee does boost energy, it only does so temporarily, and the period after it wears off is worse than before consumption. Also consider joining a gym or partaking regularly in active workouts and activities, like biking or jogging. Doing so can boost your energy for the day, although doing it in the middle of the day could be an even better to get through the work day past that afternoon slump.

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          4. Use the Pomodoro technique

          The Pomodoro technique involves making a list of the tasks that have to get done, setting your first timer for 25 minutes, and completing the first task in the allotted time. You can, of course, adjust based on the difficulty or the amount of time required. Then, take a short five minute break. This isn’t enough time to leave your desk, but at least time to move your eyes from the screen for rest.

          Then, get to work on task number two. After task number four, increase your break from five minutes to 15 minutes. Use this as a time to get a snack, briskly walk around the office, or chat with a co-worker. This can be difficult to remember all the steps for, so there are various applications on the market to help out, including Focus Time, or Simple Pomodoro Timer for those looking for a free option.

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            5. Plan for distractions

            It is true that encountering distractions is going to be inevitable. However, what differentiates those affected by distractions and those who are not is being able to plan for them and even welcome them at the right time. For example, use your breaks charted in the Pomodoro technique as a time to have your door open for individuals to come and ask questions or alert you of important news.

            Without the technique or without planning for distractions, you’d normally divert your attention to that distraction. However, I recommend taking note of the task they are speaking of and adding it to your to-do list. This will allow you to get to it in your own time and you can also alert them of tasks and points you have for them to accomplish during this time.

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              6. Know your cut-off point

              The last bit of advice for boosting your performance at work is to know when it’s time for you to stop working. If you are a freelancer or work from home, it’ll be easier to give yourself working hours and sticking to them. If you work in an office, these hours should be the times you are scheduled by your company to work (9 to 5, for example). By sticking strictly to these times, you are more likely to focus on your tasks to have them completed in time, and you are less likely to work late into the night, where the quality of your work decreases.

              Let us know in the comments below how you go about ensuring that your work performance stays optimal.

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              9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career

              9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career

              Congratulations, you’re starting a new job! You’re feeling relieved that the interviews and the wait for a decision from the hiring manager is over, and you’ve finally signed the offer.

              Feelings of fear and anticipation may surface now as you think about starting work on Monday. Or you may feel really confident if you have plenty of work experience.

              Remember to not assume that your new work environment will be similar to previous ones. It’s very common for seasoned professionals to overestimate themselves due to the breadth of their experience.

              Companies offer different depths of on-boarding experiences.[1] Ultimately, success in your career depends on you.

              Below are 9 tips for starting a new job and succeeding in your career.

              1. Your Work Starts Before Your First Day

              When you prepared for your interview, you likely did some research about the company. Now it’s time to go more in depth.

              • How would your manager like you to prepare for your first day? What are his/her expectations?
              • What other information can your manager provide so that you can start learning more about the role or company?
              • What company policies or reports can you review that can get you acclimatized to your new job and work environment?

              You’ll need to embrace a lot of new people and information when you start your new job. What you learn before your first day at work can help you feel more grounded and prepare your mind to process new information.

              2. Know Your Role and the Organization

              Review the job posting and know your responsibilities. Sometimes, job postings are simplified versions of the job description. Ask your manager or human resources if there is a detailed job description of your role.

              Once you understand your key responsibilities and accountabilities, ask yourself:

              • What questions do you have about the role?
              • What information do you need to do your job effectively?
              • Who do you need to meet and start building relationships with?

              Continue to increase your knowledge and do your research through the company Intranet site, organizational charts, the media, LinkedIn profiles, the industry and who your company competitors are.

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              This is not a one time event. Continue to do this throughout your time with the company. Every team or project you engage with will evolve and change.

              Keep current and be ready to adapt by using your observational skills to be aware of changes to your work environment and people’s behaviour.

              3. Learn the Unwritten Rules at Work

              Understanding your work culture is key to help you succeed in your career.

              Many of these unwritten rules will not be listed on company policies. This means you’ll need to use all of your senses to observe the environment and the people within it.

              What should you wear? See what your peers and leaders are wearing. Notice everything from their jewelry down to their shoes. Once you have a good idea of the dress code you can then infuse your own style.

              What are your hours of work? What do you notice about start, break and end times? Are your observations different from what you learned at the interview? What questions do you have based on your observations? Asking for clarity will help you make informed decisions and thrive in a new work setting.

              What are the main communication channels?[2] What communication mediums do people use (phone, email, in-person, video)? Does the medium change in different work situations? What is your manager’s communication style and preference? These observations will help you better navigate your work environment and thrive in the workplace.

              4. Be Mindful of Your Assumptions

              You got the job, you’re feeling confident and are eager to show how you can contribute. Check the type of language you are using when you’re approaching your work and sharing your experiences.

              I’ve heard many new employees say:

              • “I used to do this at ‘X’ company …”
              • “When I worked at “X” company we implemented this really effective process …”
              • “We did this at my other company … how come you guys are not …”
              • “Why are you doing that … we used to do this …”

              People usually don’t want to hear about your past company. The experiences that you had in the past are different in this new environment.

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              Remember to:

              • Notice your assumptions
              • Focus on your own work
              • Ask questions, and
              • Learn more about the situation before offering suggestions.

              You can then better position yourself as a trusted resource that makes informed decisions tailored to business needs.

              5. Ask Questions and Seek Clarification

              Contrary to common belief, asking questions when you’re starting a new job is not a vulnerability.

              Asking relevant questions related to your job and the company:

              • Helps you clarify expectations
              • Shows that you’ve done your research
              • Demonstrates your initiative to learn

              Seeking to clarify and understand your environment and the people within it will help you become more effective at your job.

              6. Set Clear Expectations to Develop Your Personal Brand

              Starting a new job is the perfect time to set clear expectations with your manager and colleagues. Your actions and behaviors at work tells others about your work style and how you like to operate. So it’s essential to get clear on what feels natural to you at work and ensure that your own values are aligned with your work actions.

              Here are a few questions to reflect on so that you can clearly articulate your intentions and follow through with consistent actions:

              Where do you need to set expectations? Reflect on lessons learned from your previous work experiences. What types of expectations do you need to set so that you can succeed?

              Why are you setting these expectations? You’ll likely need to provide context and justify why you’re setting these boundaries. Are your expectations reasonable? What are the impacts on the business?

              What are your values? If you value work life balance, but you’re answering emails on weekends and during your vacation time, people will continue to expect this from you. What boundaries do you need to set for yourself at work?

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              What do you want to be known for? This question requires some deep reflection. Do you want to be known as a leader who develops and empowers others? Maybe you want to be known for someone who creates an environment of respect where everyone can openly share ideas. Or maybe you want to be someone who challenges people to get outside their comfort zones?

              7. Manage Up, Down, and Across

              Understanding the work styles of those around you is key to a successful career. Particularly how you communicate and interact with your immediate manager.

              Here are a few key questions to consider:

              • How can you make your manager’s job easier?
              • What can you do to anticipate her/his needs?
              • How can you keep them informed (and prepared) so they don’t get caught off-guard?
              • What are your strengths? How can you communicate these to him/her so that they fully understand your capabilities?

              These questions can also apply if you manage a team or if you deal with multiple stakeholders.

              8. Build Relationships Throughout the Company

              It’s important to keep learning from diverse groups and individuals within the company. You’ll get different perspectives about the organization and others may be able to help you succeed in your role.

              What types of relationships do you need to build? Why are you building this relationship?

              Here are some examples of workplace relationships:

              • Immediate Manager. He/she controls your work assignments. The work can shape the success of your career.
              • Mentors. These are people who are knowledgeable about their field and the company. They are willing to share their experiences with you to help you navigate the workplace and even your career.
              • Direct Reports. Your staff can influence how successful you are at meeting your goals.
              • Mentees. They are another resource to help you keep informed about the organization and your opportunity to develop others.

              Other workplace relationships include team members, stakeholders, or strategic partners/sponsors that will advocate for your work.

              Learn more in this article: 10 Ways to Build Positive And Effective Work Relationships

              9. Keep in Touch With Those in Your Existing Network

              “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

              You are part of an ecosystem that has gotten you to where you are today. Every single person and each moment that you have encountered with someone has shaped who you are – both positive and negative.

              Here’s How to Network So You’ll Get Way Ahead in Your Professional Life.

              Make sure you continue to nurture the relationships that you value and show gratitude to those who have helped you achieve your goals.

              Summing It Up

              There are many aspects of your career that you are in control of. Observe, listen, and make informed decisions. Career success depends on your actions.

              Remember to not assume that your new work environment will be similar to previous ones.

              Here are the 9 tips for starting a new job and succeeding in your career:

              1. Your Work Starts Before Your 1st Day
              2. Know Your Role and the Organization
              3. Learn the Unwritten Rules at Work
              4. Be Mindful of Your Assumptions
              5. Ask Questions and Seek Clarification
              6. Set Clear Expectations to Develop Your Personal Brand
              7. Manage Up, Down, and Across
              8. Build Relationships Throughout the Company
              9. Keep in Touch With Those in Your Existing Network

              Celebrate, enjoy your new role, and take good care of yourself!

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