How many times do you wish to be more efficient, organized, and powerful?

Keys to success

It’s okay, we’ve all been there before, your job is harder than it’s supposed to be and you can’t seem to figure out why.  But there’s hope. Many working Americans suffer from a downward trend in motivation that ultimately leads to a pattern which renders their work to be sub-par.  If this sounds like you, read on. You see, the basic reason this happens is the same reason why we aren’t all rocket scientists- necessity. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the once you’re paid, your complacent.  

So what does this mean?  roughly speaking, you’re interpreting getting paid as an excuse to stop learning because it’s not necessary, but why is this a problem? Mainly, it’ a problem because you don’t realize that your environment is changing around you before your eyes. It’s hard to see with the daily monotony of going through your routine, but the times are leaving you in the dust.  When a project or task i complete, whether you struggled with it or not, most likely you will forget everything you put into it.  This is in part because it’s not necessary for you to remember whatever information you picked up during the task, or it holds little to no intrinsic value to yourself.

Death To The Routine

When we repeat our actions over the course of a long-officework, job, success,period of time, our physical state transcends our mental state.  This can be particularly true when working in an office or at a job that requires constant sitting.  You’re body and mind plateaus due to the lack of activity and stimulus.

  1. Get Active– try working out before work in the morning, or after. Either way you have to be able to feel physically stimulated in order for your mind to wake up.  even if it’s only for a couple of days during the work week, your body and mind will thank you.  Physically tiring yourself is just as important as mentally tiring yourself, it’s a balance.  Here’s some helpful ways to get active at work from Natural Health Magazine
  2. Have a Drink–  Try and have a drink once during the workweek, don’t go overboard, but remind yourself to have some fun when the going gets tough.
  3. Leave Early (if it’s okay)-  You work hard, now give yourself some time off in order to free your mind.  Even if it’s just one extra hour on a Wednesday, you could use that to get some chores done around the house or actually see the sunset for once. Either way, it’s going to take your mind off of work and put your mind at ease.

 

Who Are You Working For?

It sounds cliché’, but identifying who you’re working for means a lot more t
han you might think.  Your boss for example, probably could care less about your overall happiness as much as you’d like to believe otherwise.  There’s no way he can tell if you’re truly “happy” either, so don’t bother thinking he’ll come around, for your sake and his.  But, if you’re working for yourself, and by that I mean working for the sole benefit of yourself, than you’re on the right track.

Why?  Because when we believe in what we’re doing, the process itself becomes just as important as the completion of it.  In turn, this creates intrinsic value that we hold to yourself.  Knowledge is power, and when we know we can utilize it for ourselves at a later day, it stays in our heads.

Here’s some help from The Ivy Business Journal

To identify these intrinsic rewards, we began by analyzing the nature of today’s work. Basically, most of today’s workers are asked to self-manage to a significant degree—to use their intelligence and experience to direct their work activities to accomplish important organizational purposes. This is how today’s employees add value—innovating, problem solving and improvising to meet the conditions they encounter to meet customers’ needs.

In turn, we found that the self-management process involves four key steps:

  1. Committing to a meaningful purpose
  2. Choosing the best way of fulfilling that purpose
  3. Making sure that one is performing work activities competently, and
  4. Making sure that one is making progress to achieving the purpose.

Each of these steps requires workers to make a judgment—about the meaningfulness of their purpose, the degree of choice they have for doing things the right way, the competence of their performance, and the actual progress being made toward fulfilling the purpose. These four judgments are the key factors in workers’ assessments of the value and effectiveness of their efforts—and the contribution they are making.”

Measure Your Progress

Day-by-day, week-by-week, we trudge through our obstacles and tasks in order to achieve a paycheck, but measuring this progress is important as well.  measuring progress piggybacks off of utilizing the knowledge you have gained in order to get the task done.

progress chart, job successmStudies show that most students forget the information they have learned for a test just hours they have completed it!  That means everything you’ve done is basically for nothing.  This not only leads you to being left at square one, but also gives you the impression that you haven’t grown yourself since taking your position.

This thought process leads to overall dissatisfaction with work and life, and renders the employee (YOU) frustrated with where they are.

In order to break this loop, here are a few pointers –

  1. Keep a list of your completed tasks over the last week, this will allow you to archive everything you’ve done.
  2. Quiz yourself on what you’ve learned, so that you can remember in the future- Studies show that people who can recall information they’ve learned for a test or exam do a far better job in utilizing it in the future.
  3. Talk about what you’ve done– There’s no better way to remember the knowledge you’ve acquired than to talk about it with others.  In fact, most successful teachers argue that teaching the material to someone else is a very effective study method.

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