Listen And Read: 5 Tips To Do Your Best At Work
Being your best at work means not only putting your best foot forward but also continually working to better yourself.
This doesn’t always mean turning in the best project or attending all the professional developments.
Keep reading to learn basic ways you can show up with your best at work every day.
Get to Know Your Colleagues
Learning about your colleagues has many benefits. You don’t have to be out to make friends, but learning about others can benefit you in many ways.
First, it shows you care, and people like it when people are considerate. Second, it will help you find things in common that you can come back to when work gets tough.
Finally, getting to know people will help you learn how to work better. Derek prefers exact instructions and asks lots of questions, while Suzy is a big-picture type of person who tends to skip over minor details.
Getting to know means learning how to work better.
Don’t Be A Gossip
No one likes an office gossip, except maybe the other office gossip. Getting caught up in drama can be a distraction and can earn you a bad reputation with your coworkers and supervisors.
You want to be someone that can be trusted with information. Keep your business to yourself and remember, loose lips sink ships.
Learn New Skills
Stretching your skills as well as learning new ones allows you to continue growing your tool bag.
This will make you a more valuable team member and will help you if you ever decide to look for a new position elsewhere.
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Become a Mentor
Mentoring can be done in and outside of the office. The new intern that is lost? Take that person under your wing and help them find their way.
You will be a valuable friend and show that you are willing to help others.
You can also do outreach in your profession in schools and other community programs.
Be a Friend
You don’t have to be BFFs with every person in the office but be friendly. Ask how others are doing, encourage, start a meal train if someone is sick or on parental leave.
Not only will others appreciate and remember your kindness, but they will be willing to return the favor if the need arises.
Doing Your Best Work Every Day
Listen and Read: 5 Tips To Help You Do Your Best At Work
No two workdays are the same, most of the time. There are many days where merely showing up to work seems like that is the best you’ll do.
Showing up and doing your best work on the daily is what will ultimately set you apart and make you feel like a more productive member of the organization
Set Clear Milestones
You have a project to complete. Instead of working endlessly toward that one end goal, set mini-goals or milestones for yourself.
If you can meet a milestone every or every other day, it will be easier to keep your head up and pushing forward with the same vigor as day one.
Prioritize and Plan
Many jobs include prioritizing work tasks. Take time at the beginning and end of every day to look at what you have done and what you need to do.
Prioritizing and planning your workday (or the next one) will allow you to move seamlessly through your day without losing focus.
Conquer Difficult Tasks First
That one task you are really dreading, like calling back an annoying salesman.
Do it first. Get it off your list.
The rest of the day will seem like a breeze, and you won’t use other tasks as a way of procrastinating.
Be Aware of Limitations
Your limitations exist. Everyone has limitations.
Be aware and admit these to yourself. You may also need to disclose your shortcomings to your supervisor or a coworker.
Being aware of things that are out of your league will make asking for help easier. It will also give you a list of skills you need to work on professionally.
The first four tips in this list can be daunting. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 may require that you restructure your workday.
Number three might give you heart palpations, and number four, who wants to admit to their own shortcomings?
Do not let these tips stress you out. Instead, slowly work to implement the easiest of the suggestions (whichever that may be for you), and level up when you are ready.
Bringing your A-game daily will take time and hard work, two things you are no stranger to.
Remember that doing your best work every day of the week will pay off in the long run, even if it seems complicated and scary in the beginning.
Being your best at work is not something that you can achieve in a day. It’s a constant stream of small and conscious decisions that you will make daily.
These decisions will build upon each other and allow you to create a work culture and life that will be fulfilling and beneficial.