It’s easy to become distracted and frustrated at work. Between a never-ending workload and an over-worked brain, it can be difficult to maintain your prime level of performance. Check out these tips to help you jump-start your performance today.
Taking a few minutes at the end of the day to reflect on your work is essential in evaluating your progress. In a study published by the Harvard Business School, participants who spent the last fifteen minutes of their workday writing and reflecting on their day scored 22.8 percent higher than participants who did no reflection.
When you’re done, you’ll have a better idea of what you actually accomplished and what still needs to be done – which will help you plan your day for optimal performance.
When you’re done reflecting and have a clear idea of what needs to be done, you can create a to-do list and prioritize it more effectively. Doing this the day before gives you a head-start on your morning and helps you increase productivity. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re one step ahead of the game, which is a great motivator.
Exercise lowers stress levels and increases endorphins. With a rise in energy and a boost in mood, you’ll feel more motivated to take on tasks with efficiency and ease. Exercise is also a great way to stay physically and mentally fit. Trade your seat at the coffee shop for a spot on the treadmill and get your muscles – and brain - pumping!
Remaining in the same setting for eight hours a day can become quite mundane, which can decrease your drive to accomplish projects and routine assignments. Changing the scenery, even for thirty minutes during a lunch break, can do wonders. You’ll return to work refreshed and recharged with less stress and more creativity.
When a project is long and mundane, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. With this mindset, it’s harder to stay motivated to continue working toward completion. Try splitting the project into mini projects to make the tasks are more manageable and the feeling of finishing the grander project less daunting.
Reward yourself when you finish a mini project. Whether it’s self-praise or a physical reward, you’ll be encouraged to stay focused until the end.
Make sure you and your boss are on the same page by setting aside time at least once a week to check in. Sharing your most recent challenges and triumphs reminds your boss of your strengths. Your boss will appreciate this initiative, and identifying your strengths helps you drive success by building upon them and creating a plan for utilizing them. It also shows you’re eager to learn ways to improve, and the feedback from the meetings will help you to actually increase performance.
In today’s world, technological advances are skyrocketing, and it isn’t always easy to keep up with the latest developments. Devote some time to picking up a newspaper or scanning the Internet to learn what’s trending. Staying informed will keep you sharp, and will be great for networking. Pay close attention to the industry you work within to help you improve your performance even more.
Work in itself can be a strain, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep these tips in mind and apply them, and you’ll be reminded of why you do the work you do. With your passion reignited, making it through another workday is possible.
This is a guest post by Sarah Landrum, a Cubicle Warrior and career blogger. You can connect with Sarah on her blog or tweet her @SarahLandrum.