1. Organise your day by priorities: Being organised helps you to structure the day ahead and makes your workload seem more approachable and feasible to meet the deadlines. One of the techniques that may help you is to make a "To Do" list before you leave home. This way, when you are back at the office the next morning, you would know exactly where to start. Moreover, knowing your priorities and the tasks that require your immediate attention, will help you maintain your focus and concentration on what is important.
2. Take well timed breaks: Taking breaks is very important to ensure that your concentration is not lost. Make sure that every now and then you you take a short break, walk around the office, go to the kitchen and get a fruit or step outside for a minute. It is definitely good to take sometime outside and let your eyes rest from the computer screen. Avoid having lunch at your desk and having a sandwich quickly - there are a few things here to remember: a) eating fast is bad for your digestion system and can damage your health b) eating at your desk you are not concentrating neither on your food nor on your work.
3. Avoid more than one caffeine intake per day: This one is probably the most challenging to keep up with because nothing motivates you like a good cup of coffee. However, caffeine may increase the level of your anxiety without you even realising it. It can also make you edgy or react impulsively. So try and keep your caffeine intake to a minimum.
4. Have regular meetings with your manager: You'd think this one is straight forward and quite natural. Not all employers will see it that way. It is important that you have regular meetings with your manager to discuss any issues/challenges or the workload. This will help you see the bigger picture of your job rather than focusing on a tiny part of it. It will also ensure a good relationship with your manager and that you are both on the same page when it comes to work.
5. Avoid having your emails/calendar on your phone: If you are in a top senior position this may not always be possible to do if you need to be in contact 24/7. However, for the rest of us out there, we should try and avoid having emails on our personal phones. It is truly psychological, once we have it on our phone, we are tempted to check it all the time and then if we see an important email, we are tempted to reply or even worse anticipate the next day, thus causing your mind and body think of work --> not healthy.
6. Work/Life Balance: After you are done with your work day, make sure that you have something to keep your mind off work: healthy relationship, fitness, socialising with friends - whatever it may be, remember to always take care of yourself. At the end of the day, it is just a job and yes the employment market is tough and we hold on to what we have, but it is just a job. There is more to life than the world of emails and internal politics.
Attitude at work is one of the most important factors that differentiates you from your colleagues, impacts your productivity and helps you in any conflict solving. It is all about how do you perceive a situation and what you can learn from it or bring to it to improve it.
The way you are behaving towards your colleagues makes a big difference. Regardless of your past experience or your career path, you should always remember to be polite and appreciative of your colleagues. Don’t forget that we are learning something everyday and one day you might learn something from a colleague as well. In my last experience at work, attitude was something that was lacking and something that not many people understood and undervalued. That had affected my personal development as an employee and at some point decreased the productivity level.
Showing up to work with an attitude to show that you are better than anyone else will do no good to anyone and will probably hurt you in some way at some point as well.
On on the other side, if you show up to work with a positive attitude, you will be more motivated and will be more productive during the day. You have to also remember that everything in life is rather relative so unless you are in the business where someone could die (hospitals, life guard, etc.) think about your issue twice before you blow it out of proportion. There’s nothing worse than making a big deal out of a tiny problem that could probably be solved in a different and calmer way, of course depending on the management style.
Another thing to bare in mind is having expectations. If you are expecting something of your employee be clear on it and set clear guidelines. The thing is most of the time employees are willing to take on new roles and responsibilities but if it’s unclear what’s expected of them - how would they go around this??
Attitude truly makes a difference. Appreciation of others makes a difference. Respect to the other matters. Regardless of their age, experience level, position, socio-cultural background etc.
8 hours a day, 7 days a week - this is how much time we spend at work. Needless to say that for some of us work becomes home. Statistically, a lot of couples are formed in the working environment, as this is the most common place for people with the same interests to meet. You end spending most of your day at work and the other half of your day commuting to work. Thus, it is extremely important to make sure that you have chosen a profession that you like and that you are enjoying what you are doing. Let's not hide the truth, most of us, will have a Love-Hate relationship with our jobs. The few lucky ones, will actually never think of work as WORK because they are spending their time doing something that they love. So how do you find that profession, job, etc. that you like? How do you make the right choice? Is it by going to the right university or by letting life take you where you need to be?
Honestly, a good majority of people ends up doing something they do not actually have a degree in. Let's not talk about doctors, lawyers, etc. people who chose these as a profession, they probably ended up where they wanted to be and thankfully so. Let's focus on the other jobs. I for one, always knew that my ideal workplace would be in publishing. Yet due to some obstacles on the way, I did not receive a degree in literature nor did I study journalism. And yet by some miracle, I am working in a publishing house today. Should we then just listen to our hearts and follow our dreams?
Of course, we are always under a lot of pressure from our loved ones "Choose a job that pays well". How many happy millionaires do you know? Of course, we all need jobs that pay our bills, let's be honest here, and yes this is the reality. But if we only work on these basis, we are wasting so much time of our life when we could be using our potential to be doing so much more with our lives. Wealth comes and goes and your heart and passion remains. Think about it.
8 hours a day, 7 days a week - make every moment count.