Whether you are after a raise or a senior position, you need to be as productive and successful at work as possible. Forgetting about lazy days and putting in extra hours of work is hardly enough.
You have to stand out from the crowd and show your utter worthiness compared to others. Meanwhile, you have to stay sane and rested enough to have a life outside of work. Is it achievable? Definitely! Here are a few tips to start with.
1. Set Goals
In order to achieve anything at all, you need to set goals and work toward them. A foggy goal of becoming “the boss” may sound nice. But what steps will you take to achieve it? Set reasonable short-time goals. Take it one step at a time.
2. Show Your Determination
When you work quietly, only an excellent supervisor or director may notice the results of your work immediately. Make it a rule to report your work to your boss.
Let him or her know how many steps you took to achieve something and how long it took you. If you don’t declare your skills and achievements, they are likely to go unnoticed.
3. Plan Your Rest
Working your head off is unnecessary to achieve your goals. In fact, working without breaks is likely to burn you out. A tired employee usually makes numerous silly mistakes.
Remember, just one simple mistake can overshadow weeks or sometimes years of excellent work. Make sure you have at least one day for full-time rest a week and take breaks throughout the day.
4. Ask For Help
If you feel as if you aren’t reaching your goal, make a deep analysis of the situation. What are you doing wrong? You can turn to others to review your efforts. From simple feedback from a coworker to success life coaching, you have plenty of options.
Do your best to get an honest assessment of your situation. Be ready to make changes.
5. Learn Something New
If your work doesn’t require you to learn something new every once in a while, you are unlikely to become more successful. Evaluate your skills and find out how to improve them. Be it qualification improvement courses or free webinars, make sure to learn something new to up your value as a specialist.
6. Change Your Job
In some cases, it’s easier to change work than try to become successful at it. Be careful with this one. Just because you aren’t achieving your goals yet, doesn’t mean your job is bad. However, if you see no room to grow or your work requires you to do the same thing over and over again, you need to consider alternatives.
7. Watch The Others
Was someone promoted recently? What did they do to accomplish it? If you want to achieve the same results, you need to learn how others have done it. The rules of promotion may be different for each company. Study them closely.
8. Do More
Each workplace has opportunities for workers to do more than fits into their list of responsibilities. Office fundraisers, party organization, educational projects or whatever else your company is doing outside its main activities, join in. It’s your chance to be noticed.
Never miss a company party. Talk to other employees. Be nice. Socialize. It’s impossible to become a leader if you don’t have followers. Do everything to make sure your colleagues are happy when they hear that you are their new boss.
Everyone has a chance to become more successful at work. With the right attitude, you can take the first steps tomorrow. The above tips can give you a good jump-start.