Are you too busy at work and don’t take the time to evaluate how well you are actually performing? What if you could tweak only one or two ways of working to maximize your productivity? Did you know that the ‘Wheel of Work’ exercise can empower you to be more efficient, increase your self-confidence and skillset?
Does this sound like you?
You are constantly dealing with competing priorities, you’re overwhelmed (and at times paralyzed) with all you have to accomplish, you wonder what you should do first and find yourself procrastinating rather than being productive. You might skip breaks, shorten your lunch, you’re crunched down working like a madman (or madwoman) and you feed the belief that “looking busy is the new normal”.
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is what are we busy about?”
Henry David Thoreau
A quick way to evaluate your own work performance.
Take a few minutes to quickly evaluate your work performance and know exactly where to focus to become a superstar at work.
1. Take Action:
Enough with the whirlwind of things to do, you’ve got the power to gain more control, guaranteed! Instead of waiting for the dreaded “performance appraisal time”, take matters in your own hands.
2. Superstar in Action:
Now it’s time to take charge and get into action! Instead of jumping in cold turkey to make changes, it’s worth planning and writing down what you would like to do. Actually, studies show that you increase your chances of success by 70% by simply writing down your goals.
Get into action Superstar and follow these next steps.
- Identify the action steps and habits you would like to have in place for you to see your desired outcome become reality. (P.S. Be as specific as you can.)
- Looking at your list of steps and habits, what are you willing to do first and when? Circle the priority actions steps and indicate when you will do it.
- What could get in the way of you accomplishing the action steps above and how will you overcome these obstacles?
- What are the Benefits & Drawbacks of you committing to your desired outcome(s) and not committing to your desired outcome?
3. Be A Superstar:
Do something everyday that brings you to your desired outcome. Create reminders in your calendar, put sticky notes at your desk, push yourself, have an accountability partner to keep you engaged and maximize your productivity like a Superstar! You can also use the 5 Second Rule to fuel you into action. Basically, the 5 Second Rule is all about acting on your impulse or desire of reaching your goal. When you have that impulse, act on it within 5 seconds. Mel Robbins explains this amazing productivity concept here.