With our tasks at office, our chores at home, and everything that we decide to take up in between, most of us are finding it a little difficult to keep up with work. As we struggle to keep it up with our daily tasks, we always find this one person in office who effortlessly glides through their days. The office loves them, their family loves them, their bosses love them, and so do you.
However, the more you ask them how they’re able to keep up with their schedule, the more difficult the entire process seems to get. They give you their advice, but somehow, getting up at 5 a.m., or turning your phone off on Sundays doesn’t really sound as easy as they make it. The only thing you can do is resign yourself to your daily lifestyle where your sole aim is to get the work done.
So what are some of the things that you need to change within yourself to get better at work?
Never Focus on others incompetence
No matter how incompetent your co-worker is, or how many times he manages to mess up the task that was supposed to be done in 15 minutes, don’t become the harbinger of bad news. Don’t take it upon your shoulders to inform your seniors of how their employee is holding the entire team up. Not only does this make you come off as insecure and un-resourceful, it also makes you sound like you’re blaming your inability to complete your part of work on someone else. Complete your work, and talk them through the procedure. If you don’t feel like you’ll be able to help them, tell them to take assistance from someone who can.
Never Quantify your success in front of others
The lower the person is in hierarchy or power, the more he likes to establish himself in front of his peers.
If you’re in a gathering, and you find someone trying to make his way into a conversation by telling you about his recent achievements, you usually find yourself thinking of him as someone who is trying very hard to make an impression. Nobody wants to feel inferior, so no one is going to ask you about your achievements outright. If you do indulge in small talk, make sure that you keep the topics completely unbiased and professional, so that they understand your pragmatic personality.
Never be Vocal about your dissatisfaction with the job
Even if you do get tired of your job, and you feel like you can’t keep up with it, never make your dissatisfaction vocal. You should always be vocal about your concerns- but when it comes to telling people how bad something is, or how terribly something is affecting you/your performance, the first thing that the listener catches is your ability to catch the negativities in an environment. Your experiences may not match the person you’re discussing your dissatisfaction with, unless it’s an office-wide concern- so to getting them on the same page or convincing them that they’re working for the big bad wolf may not come across as you may expect.
Be Present everywhere
There’s one thing everyone notices about people who are smart- they’re somehow, involved in every single meeting that takes place, even if it does not belong to their department. The man may belong to the IT department, but will be present in the marketing strategy meeting. When they do involve themselves in other departments, they give off an aura, and make themselves come off as reliable and dynamic. At the same time, they get exposure on how things belonging to different departments work. Even if you are just present in the meeting, you will be seen as a person who is incredibly interested in the functioning of the other things that happen in the company.
Don’t be Present everywhere
Socializing will do you good- but spend time with yourself as well. The most prevalent quality about mentally strong people is the fact that they spend enough and more time with themselves. Your co-workers shouldn’t see you as someone who constantly needs someone to keep him company- they should know that you are individualistic, and that to think and birth ideas that run the company, you know that the best person to brainstorm it with is yourself.
Overachievers only do right all the time because they predict well in advance about all the possible scenarios that are going to take place- this puts them a step ahead of all others. The time that people otherwise spend to comprehend the situation, is spent by them to form their thoughts and solutions. These predictions also come handy when they are around people- they comprehend emotions and reactions, which make them a popular choice during gatherings.
Have a Resourceful network
With all the people they manage to impress, they move forward and consecutively upwards to enhance their quality of network. They make sure that their star network, or the 5 people that they interact with the most in office, keep refreshing and becoming better with time. This helps them get better insights, and a wider and more dynamic thought horizon. Of course, free favors from seniors are always a bonus.
Never Dwell on errors
Doing your best is probably not the best that can be done. Be open to criticism, but take it and move forward. Do not argue with whoever is investing themselves in you, unless you want to discuss the details. If you know and understand what you did wrong, then keep it to yourself and make sure you don’t repeat the same in the future. Don’t keep discussing it, don’t keep thinking about it. Every minute wasted on the time passed is a minute that can’t be used to enhance your productivity in the future.
Never Put all of your eggs in one basket
Once you do become the image of perfection that you always wanted to be, never invest yourself completely in one company, area, or person. Always use your abilities and your skills in different places. This will keep your creative side on its toes, as well as expose you to different scenarios that could use your expertise. This will also prohibit your one industry or workplace from predicting your style. Everything that you do will be new, and invigorating.
Negative personality traits such as reluctance and needless criticism, can make you adapt bad habits, such as sleeping in, or overconfidence, which in turn affect your performance negatively. To effectively adapt to positive life changes, such as reaching on time and completing your work with perfection, you need to ensure that you as a person are also rational, mature and responsible.