Steps for Developing a Good Work Ethic
- Practicing Punctuality
- Developing Professionalism
- Cultivating Self-Discipline
- Using Time Wisely
- Staying Balanced
Here are some things you can do now to develop a good work ethic.
1. Practice punctuality.
Develop the habit of being on time or early for all appointments. Getting to class ahead of schedule gives you the opportunity to talk with your professor or get mentally prepared by reviewing notes. If you’re taking classes online, stick with your study schedule, hitting the books at the time you planned.
2. Develop professionalism.
Professionalism goes beyond a crisp white shirt and tie. It includes your attitude, values, and demeanor. Practice being positive and cordial. Refrain from gossip. Be respectful of others. Develop a reputation of integrity, which means being honest, just, and consistent in what you say and do.
3. Cultivate self-discipline.
Anything worthwhile achieving takes discipline – staying focused on the long-term goal and not being side-tracked by short-term gratification. Train yourself to be persistent and to follow through on projects. Strive for excellence in your assignments.
4. Use time wisely.
You might have heard it from your grandmother, but Benjamin Franklin was actually the first to say, “Never leave that ‘till tomorrow which you can do today.” It’s age-old advice, but far from outdated. Complete assignments on time. Ban procrastination from your life, keeping in mind something else Franklin, said: “Time is money.”
5. Stay balanced.
Having a good work ethic does not mean keeping your eyes glued to your computer monitor. It includes knowing how to take care of yourself. Getting proper sleep. Eating right. Taking time to relax and recharge. Keeping your priorities in life clear helps you maintain the proper perspective at work.
Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.”
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