CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 06, 2014
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How to Improve Your Job Performance

Every employer would want an employee who is productive. Improving your performance at work will enhance your chances of advancing in your career. Here are some tips which will help you become better at your job.

1. Plan and prioritize

Planning is very important for productivity at work. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Once you come up with goals, you need a plan to achieve them. It would be advisable to create a daily or weekly schedule for yourself. This schedule should be followed strictly without any excuses. Remember to prioritize your work based on what is urgent and important. Any task or project which is not critical can be delegated to others.  

2. Organize your workspace

Having clutter in your workspace can have a negative effect on your job performance. It is therefore very important to organize your workspace properly. Take time to file away all your paperwork. Throw away items that you no longer need.

3. Read widely

Things are changing very fast in the world. Therefore, to enhance your performance at work, you need to stay updated on the latest developments in your industry. This is why it is very important to read books, magazines, journals and web articles related to your career. Reading widely will not only keep you updated, but will also help refine your skills. With time, you will be recognized as an expert in your industry, thus opening doors for career progress.

4. Listen

Simply listening to others can give you a good idea of how you are performing at work. Listening to clients and potential customers will give you a better idea of how to meet their needs. Similarly, your workmates can also give you valuable insights into how you can enhance your performance. Don’t forget to also listen to your competitors.

5. Avoid personal matters

Lack of focus is one of the main killers of productivity in the workplace. Spending too much time chatting with friends online or making personal calls will significantly lower your productivity. It would be advisable to save your personal affairs for your free time.       

6. Reward yourself

Don’t wait until you reach your ultimate goal to celebrate. Instead, break your project into small manageable tasks. Every time you achieve a milestone, take time to reward yourself. This will provide motivation and encourage you to keep going.  

7. Watch your health

Nowadays, many people suffer burnout and stress due to an unhealthy work-life balance. As a result, their productivity at work is reduced significantly. Being mentally and physically healthy is very important for enhanced work performance. Eat a balanced diet and be sure to get enough sleep every day. In addition, you need to take some time to exercise on a regular basis.

The bottom line for productivity is passion. Without passion, work becomes drudgery. Think of ways in which you can make your work more exciting. However, if you cannot muster any passion for your job, it would be advisable to consider a different career.

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