How to Improve Your Performance at Work

When one get used to a given routine of doing work it sometimes become difficult for him/her to change these routines. This is not to say that there is no room for improvement for any one doing a routine job. Just because something has always been done in a particular way it doesn’t mean that it cannot be done in a differently. Performance improvement

Sleep less. It is the quality of your sleep that matters not the quantity. The human body is designed in such a manner that it tends to get used to routines rather than thing that are done once in a while. This might explain why those who are used to oversleeping find a lot of difficulty getting up early in the morning and thus they find themselves oversleeping even if they are not willing to do so. Therefore, it is very important to make your body get used to going to sleep for specific hours before it gets used to it. For a grown up, it is advisable to sleep for not more than seven (7) hours. By doing this, you not only train your body to sleep at specific hours but also you will remain active throughout the day at work redirecting all the energy towards the improvement of your performance at work.

Ask for your colleagues to evaluate your performance. Your colleagues can be of great help when it comes to peer-to-peer evaluation. They are the people who see your daily performance and are in a good position in assessing your performance in relation to the job description. When the results of the evaluations or criticisms are taken positively, then you stand a greater chance of improving in your performance at work. So do not underestimate them, they might earn you your next promotion.

Ask for advice from your boss or supervisor. There are some things that we tend to overlook but dictate a lot about how we perform our work. Some employees look at their bosses as people who are looking for faults to fire them or file bad report about them. By doing this you are likely to end up working outside your job description which might earn you “a red pen”. It is therefore very important to talk to your seniors, supervisors or boss, as you may wish to call them, about your performance in comparison to the job description. You can then ask him/her ways that you can improve your performance in your area of work. Remember that even a 5 minutes talk can change a lot at your work place.

You think the words you read and become the people you hang with. When I was a kid, my parents used to tell me that the person you will be in future is determined by the things you feed into your brain and the kind of people you hang out with. This is to a great extent true and should not be underestimated. Our brains were designed in such a way that they tend to give out what is similar to the input we give it. In other words, it can be viewed as Garbage in Garbage out System (GIGO). It is therefore important to feed your brain with things that will improve your performance. For example, read inspirational books that can inspire you to improve what you are doing and also, hang around people who are focused and can help you improve on what you do.

Every journey starts with decision and the first step. Your road to improvement is a process that begins after you have made a decision of doing so. You must make that decision that there is need of you improving and then plan on how you are going to improve laying out the key areas that you are going to improve. The next step of implementing your plan requires a lot of sacrifice and determination. For you to attain any meaningful progress you have to pump in a lot of effort and stick to the plan. Occasional revisions of the plan will help you move around obstacles that might hinder you from achieving your goals. Remember that once you are on your way to improvement, never give up and head back. The longest distance is always to go back to the starting point.

In conclusion, performance improvement is determined by many factors. Personal attitude is one of the key factors and is likely to determine whether you will reach the end of the journey or not.