In less than two weeks, 2013 will be here. A new year can conjure up an array of emotions: scared, excited, hopeful, exhausted, doubtful—the list can go on. Choose to focus on the positive emotions, and do something beneficial for your work life. Paying more attention to your responsibilities at the office will push you to perform better, benefiting other parts of your life like your health, sleep and relationships.
Creating an efficient work routine will help you achieve your work/life balance goals and improve your workplace attitude. Before you develop your routine, take time to acknowledge inefficient habits that you’ve gotten used to relying on at your organization. Break these habits to plan a successful 2013.
Below are a few examples of habits that will harm your performance. Review the items below, and work hard to break or avoid these office blunders:
Conversing with your coworkers is not a bad habit. Chatting actually helps build trust and create workplace friendships. However, excessively talking with your workplace colleagues is a bad habit that you should attempt to break. Getting along with your coworkers is ideal, but if you’re missing deadlines or not paying attention to your manager’s requests, you might need to realign your priorities. You don’t have to cut out chitchat all together, but save it for less busy times of the day, such as lunch time or the late afternoon.
Numerous surveys show that employees receive and respond to a large number of emails each workday. Responding to the different email requests you receive throughout the day can kill your productivity. Email is incredibly important, but understanding the difference between urgent and not urgent will help you complete other tasks that you have on your plate. If a response is not needed immediately, reply back after you finish more pressing tasks.
Do you feel like you’ve missed an opportunity for a raise or promotion? Instead of lamenting over the fact they you aren’t where you want to be, do something about it. Ask your manager for more responsibilities or find new ways to challenge yourself and make your job more exciting. Only you can really change your circumstances. Work harder and be more helpful. Remember, if your company doesn’t acknowledge or appreciate that you’ve stepped up your game, you might not be at the right place.
Working Too Hard
Eight hours for five days a week are dedicated to your organization. You work hard to create innovative projects, make deadlines and recruit talent to keep your business running successfully. Sometimes you spend too much time making sure the company is running smoothly. Make sure to strive for work/life balance in the new year. Enjoy the other important aspects of your life.
For additional information on strategies to improve your work performance, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.
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