There’s a great chance that whoever said work is not “fun” treats his job as “just a responsibility”, a burden, or something he doesn’t look forward to. Work is more than just the manual labor and the number of hours we put in. Aside from actually liking what you do, there are other values that we fail to practice and appreciate about our professions.
ONLY TAKE ON WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE
Overestimating your own abilities may not always serve as a motivational tactic. Make sure you know all the details before diving in. Focus on the task given to you and do it efficiently.
Ensure that no work of yours is left unfinished. Not only do you appear more accountable for your tasks, it also gives off the impression that when you start something you can finish it. Do not compare yourself to others and how “fast” or “better” their work looks. There’s a usually a specific reason why that task was given to you.
Don’t hoard the responsibilities. Avoid multitasking and be honest with what you are capable of. If you’re sure you can’t handle it, don’t commit. Play it safe by avoiding having too much on your plate.
However, if you were assigned more than one task, time management is the key to being as productive as you can.
SET A LIMIT FOR YOURSELF
Would you rather be remembered as the girl who voluntarily comes to work earlier than the regular work hours, or the one who stays behind even when no one asks them to?
The more you can do in a short period of time, the greater your chances of advancing at work.
Keep in mind that being, and looking, “busy” does not necessarily mean being successful. You can work just eight hours a day and still succeed.
Learn how to limit yourself by leaving your responsibilities, or anything related to it, at the office.
Unless it is part of your job description to bring your work home at the end of the day, disconnect yourself. Take the time to rest at home and recharge. This will help you prepare for the next day ahead.
Adapting to a workaholic lifestyle may make you look persistent, but it’ll only hurt you in the long run. Even the jack of all trades needs to rest.
WE > I
Never take all the credit, even if you feel like you deserve it most.
The last thing you want is for people to think you’re arrogant or a know-it-all. By doing so, you are showing your boss, and the rest of the work force, that your efforts are exerted for the good of the company, not just for yourself.
Clear up complications with your coworkers and maintain a harmonious relationship all throughout your projects or partnership.
ACCEPT YOUR MISTAKES GRACEFULLY
Trying to be a perfectionist all the time will actually harm your work regime. As a result, you will constantly be running out of time to do what you need to because you’re too busy trying to perform your work super flawlessly. Some tasks do not need to be done extravagantly. Sometimes, average IS enough.
Leave room for mistakes – always. Do not wait until someone else, especially your boss, has to cover up your slip-ups. When the time comes to come clean about your errors, make sure you have plans to correct them. Try not to drag people down with you by pointing fingers.
Back up your actions with solutions that are actually achievable and measurable. “Sorry” may not always fix it.
Once a solution has been established, start moving forward, instead of beating yourself up about it. Remember to be grateful for accomplishments and remain graceful when mistakes come your way.
CELEBRATE THE LITTLE THINGS
Keeping your expectations low makes disappointments easier to deal with, which in turn makes your successes taste sweeter.
Rejoice when you get promoted, but do not boast. Got a salary raise? Do your happy dance, privately, if you must.
Getting through a whole day without complications or problems is a reward in itself. Most importantly, if we enjoy what we do, even the toughest days won’t feel so bad. Any day is a fine day to celebrate as long you find the good in it.