Welcome to this series on Seniors. I hope you enjoy this thought-provoking and inspiring reading.
No two workdays are the same, most of the time. There are many days when merely showing up to work seems like that is the best you’ll do. Showing up and doing your best work on a daily will set you apart and make you feel like a more productive member of the organization.
- Set Clear Milestones
You have a project to complete. Instead of working endlessly toward that one end goal, set mini-goals or milestones for yourself. If you can meet a milestone every other day, it will be easier to keep your head up and push forward with the same vigor as on day one.
Prioritize and Plan
Many jobs include prioritizing work tasks. Take time at the beginning and end of every day to look at what you have done and what you need to do. Prioritizing and planning your workday (or the next one) will allow you to move seamlessly through your day without losing focus.
- Conquer Difficult Tasks First
That one task you are dreading, like calling back an annoying salesman. Do it first. Get it off your list. The rest of the day will seem like a breeze, and you won’t use other tasks as a way of procrastinating.
- Be Aware of Limitations
Your limitations exist. Everyone has limitations. Be aware and admit these to yourself. You may also need to disclose your shortcomings to your supervisor or a co-worker. Being aware of things that are out of your league will make asking for help easier. It will also give you a list of professional skills you need to work on.
- Don’t Stress
The first four tips in this list can be daunting. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 may require that you restructure your workday. Number three might give you heart palpations, and number four, who wants to admit to their shortcomings? Do not let these tips stress you out. Instead, slowly work to implement the easiest of the suggestions (whichever may be for you), and level up when you are ready.
Bringing your A-game daily will take time and hard work, two things you are no stranger to. Remember that doing your best work every day of the week will pay off in the long run, even if it seems complicated and scary in the beginning.
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Nick Thorne is the founder of Nick’s Digital Solutions Limited. He lives in Levin, New Zealand.