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Ways to Improve Your Work Performance

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1.  Set Milestones

Setting milestones can help you achieve both personal and professional goals.

We have a natural tendency of shooting for the stars and establishing challenging goals.

It’s okay to be bold when setting goals to improve work performance. The problem is that big projects can become overwhelming. By breaking those big personal and professional projects into smaller sections, you’ll stay motivated during each victory you achieve.

Setting individual success metrics to analyze your goal is also very helpful when it comes to keeping morale and energy levels up. Keep track of your progress, allow yourself to enjoy your success (as small as it may be) and share it with your team.

2. Organize, Plan and Prioritize

If it seems like I’ve mentioned this topic before, you’re right, I did. Several times, actually. Organizing, prioritizing and planning your daily schedule is essential for improving work performance.

Break down big projects into small tasks, establishing a due date and priority status for each one (want to learn how to prioritize tasks? click here!). Combine the most urgent and essential tasks, taking into consideration how much time it’ll take to finish each one (click here to learn how to estimate time for a task) and set your schedule for the next day.

When making your to-do list, be reasonable. Make sure you can do everything you set yourself out to accomplish – it’s much better to establish realistic goals and overachieve than the opposite.

Making a detailed plan in advance is also very useful for identifying which tasks you can postpone (to free up time for more urgent, valuable tasks) and which ones you can delegate without affecting the result.

3. Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

The most productive professionals in the world have named distraction as productivity’s number one enemy. I’ve already written an entire article dedicated to avoiding distractions at work, so I won’t dive deeply into this subject.

Never lose sight of your goals along with your journey. Every time you feel tempted to waste some time checking out your Facebook feed or watching your favorite YouTube channels, remember what’s at stake.

Sustainable continuous improvements are part of a slow evolutionary process. It feeds off consistent progress. Make sure you remember that. Focus on taking one step at a time and completing the previous task before starting a new one.

4. Manage Interruptions

Do you know how many times during the day you’re interrupted? Interruptions come in many different sizes and shapes and learning how to avoid them is vital for improving work performance.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been interrupted by a colleague coming to your table, by your boss on a Slack chat or by your family knocking at your home office’s door. Interruptions are dangerous. They make you lose focus and waste time you’ve previously allocated to a task, increasing the risk of running late.

5. Do one thing at a Time (Don’t Multi-task!

Most people claim they’re experts at multi-tasking. They may think so, but the only thing multitasking actually does is compromise the quality of the work.

I’m guilty of this, I’m always working on two or three tasks simultaneously, stopping what I’m doing to help a colleague out. Even though it feels like multi-tasking allows you to accomplish more, it actually does quite the opposite.

Whenever you start working at more than one thing at a time, take a step back and determine which task is more important and focus entirely on it. Working on one task at a time makes you faster, less stressed, and less prone to making mistakes.

6. Don’t Leave Things Unfinished

Another thing I’m guilty of, and it’s very likely a consequence of trying to multi-task.

Do you remember how many projects you’ve started only to abandon them shortly after?

New Year’s resolutions, diets, a new sport…they’re all great for a while, and then they start to slip straight back to your to-do list. Don’t let that happen. Make it a habit of recording every project you complete and rewarding yourself for them.

7. Read Something New Every Day

Change is happening all the time, all around us. Reading is the best way to learn about new tools, trends, and technologies in your company’s industry so that we’re always updated and remain competitive.

That’s mostly why reading plays such an essential part in improving your work performance.

8. Communicate Effectively

Communication is a two-way street. Whenever you’re feeling uncertain about anything, ask someone. Whether you’re a manager or not, make it your ultimate goal to establish a consistent communication channel among your team members.

Evaluate your work performance on a frequent basis and keep your goals and responsibilities in mind every time you have to make a decision.

Talk to your colleagues. Listen to what they have to say.

Find new and improved ways to achieve better results. Make sure everyone knows their opinion matters.

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