Spring is in the air! The weather is taking a warm turn and daylight saving time is among us. That means we’re rapidly approaching the second quarter of the year. How are you doing on your 2019 goals? What changes need to be made to help you stay on track?
While good career habits should be practiced year-round, daylight saving time is a great time to re-energize your productivity at work.
Springtime means we can get active and spend more time outside. Carry this momentum into work and be proactive with your projects. Jump on opportunities for responsibility even if they’re outside your job description. Check passivity at the door and take the driver's seat in your career. Not only will this help you learn, but your boss will likely take note the next time performance reviews come around. If you are eyeing a promotion, this is an amazing way to get a foot in.
Practice Time Management
Do you have an important project with a looming due date but you can’t get past your email? Activities like checking your inbox, rewriting to-do lists, and unnecessary meetings can derail your productivity.
Take control of your days by employing effective time management practices. Aim to complete the most important task first thing in the morning. Not all tasks are created equal, so organize your tasks based on importance and urgency using the Eisenhower Principal.This will help you identify the “fires” among the flames.
Another great time management tool is the Pomodoro Technique. For this method, you eliminate all distractions and interruptions during a timed 25-minute period. At the end of the 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break. Repeat this four times, then take a longer break. You’ll be surprised how much you can get accomplished with laser focus on one task per Pomodoro.
Cut Bad Work Habits
Bad habits are just those, habits. And habits are hard to break. Start by identifying them, then work on correcting them. Do you give into office gossip? Or maybe you procrastinate on your projects? We all have bad habits, and it’s how you overcome them that makes the difference. With proactive behavior and a positive mindset, you can overcome your negative patterns and instead create productive actions. Need more help eliminating bad habits? Here are some more tips.
Build On Good Habits
Many thought leaders of our generation have certain habits that boosts their productivity and creativity. Try these examples and see if they work for you. Who knows, maybe waking up at 5 am to workout before heading to the office is exactly the habit you need to start work refreshed and productive.
What work habits do you want to work on this season? At the Wilbanks Consulting Group, we’re committed to helping you achieve your career goals. Our blog is one way we do that! It’s full of helpful articles post to peruse to keep your career on track.