Everyone has professional goals. Yet it often seems like every individual is also their worst enemy. It can be very hard to maintain the level of hard work and dedication necessary to be successful in your professional career, and as soon as you start to slip, so too does to your ability to reach those ideas you have set out for yourself.
In my Long Island coaching practice, I have worked with countless individuals that have found themselves stuck in their jobs. They can’t get themselves motivated, don’t believe they’d be rewarded if they were motivated, and want more but cannot seem to get it. If you’re looking for help motivating yourself and getting more out of your career, consider the following tips to keep yourself motivated, focused, and more likely to grow professionally.
Tips for Improving Productivity
- Turn Work Into a Game – One of the problems with most jobs is that they’re boring, and tedious work quickly becomes difficult work. You can make work not feel quite as tedious when you turn it into a competition with yourself. Example: If you work in data entry, try to enter as much data as you can in exactly a day, then see if you can beat your “high score” the next day. Almost all jobs have ways to make it more fun, and compete with yourself to achieve better production.
- Create SMART Goals – SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. They are a mixture of big goals and sub goals and, more importantly, they are goals that have a plan for completion. People set goals for themselves, but rarely do they fall under all 5 of those categories. When you create SMART goals and a plan of action to turn them into a reality, you’ll achieve more of them.
- Keep Accountable – It’s also a good idea to keep accountable to someone. One of the benefits of working with a professional coach, for example, is that the coach will do their best to keep you accountable, which in turn will motivate you to stay focused on your work. Even if you choose not to go with a Long Island professional coach, have a friend or relative that checks in on you regularly and expects you to succeed.
These are only a few of the ways to start improving your performance, and no matter the workplace, improving your performance will pay off in some way in the future, either through promotions, raises, or simply recommendations for future careers and good workplace habits if you start a new job. Contact me today at (516) 732-0273 if you’d like to learn more about my coaching services, or improving yourself professionally.