Maintaining a sustainable work-life balance is crucial to success in any occupation. Whether you’re new to the workforce, or a seasoned veteran of the daily grind, keeping that balance can make all the difference in how you perform in your job on a daily basis. To help you make steps towards becoming a better you in the workplace, we’ve come up with these excellent tips for making you better at what you do. Enjoy!
1. Work Passionately
I know – you’ve heard this before, but seriously, are you passionate about our industry, or more importantly your role in your organization? Most people choose their jobs based on things like security, comfort, or just wherever they happen to land. That’s not good. Americans work more than anyone else. We work longer days, vacation less, and retire later. Time is precious, and we spend too much of it working to do something just for a paycheck. It often takes bold steps to make a change, but it begins with reflection. How do you really feel about your job? If it’s predominant redeeming quality is the paycheck, you may need a change. Your success depends on it, and your family, your employer, and most importantly you will thank yourself. 1
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt 2
2. Be a friend
I’ve found that one of the quickest ways to energize myself is to reach-out to someone in need. Helping someone in need probably makes you think of volunteering at the soup kitchen, or helping the homeless. Those are certainly good things to do, but don’t forget about your workplace. There’s no question that every single person you work with is in need in some way. Maybe it’s the intern that’s in need of a mentor, a peer going through a personal difficulty that needs someone to lend an ear over lunch, or a new employee that needs to feel welcomed. Investing in those that work with and around you will provide a greater sense of purpose for why you to come to work everyday, and it may surprise you who benefits the most from lending a hand. 3
3. Demand Excellence from Yourself
When I was younger, I had a couple of jobs that didn’t require excellence. These jobs didn’t demand much creativity, dedication, or outside the box thinking. It was to my detriment, however, that I didn’t require those things of myself. I had to grow up a little bit in order to understand the personal benefits of expecting more of myself. When I deliver more than is expected, I feel good about that, and the feelings are exponential because excellence typically gets you noticed, and who doesn’t want to go to a place where you are successful, appreciated and needed. Even if you don’t feel appreciated or noticed for your hard work, at least you can take personal satisfaction in knowing you’ve achieved excellence.
“People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.” – Stephen R. Covey 4