Every person has different measures of success in their personal and professional lives. Success can be finding the proper work-life balance, ascending into the leadership ranks, or simple financial gain. You can reach each of these goals using a similar strategy. This strategy promotes efficient, high-quality work. Regardless of your end goal, here should be your top three priorities for finding success.
Plan and Complete Tasks
Planning is essential for remaining productive at work. Create a clear agenda of the tasks at hand and break large assignments into manageable small tasks. This way, completing tasks is easy. Outline what work you plan to do for the day and create an attainable goal for yourself. By creating small, completable assignments, you can make progress on larger goals without feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Also, this practice helps build your organizational skills. These skills are essential for maintaining high productivity. The strong organization maintains productivity by reducing the amount of time wasted. It optimizes the time spent working, which results in higher efficiency and productivity.
Prioritize and Focus
Whether it’s at work or home, prioritize what’s important to you while you work. Which tasks should you finish first? Which tasks are inefficient and you should rework? Prioritizing your time can help you become more productive by managing your time more efficiently. It also helps separate important tasks from time sinks that waste your time and you should avoid. While multitasking may seem like a good idea initially, work on specific tasks one at a time to preserve the quality. Studies have shown that multitasking results in lower quality output and inefficient work. This ends up with wasted time and makes it harder to succeed. Also, with all the distractions around you in the workplace, make sure to remain focused. Tune out distractions by playing music or muting your phone.
Don’t Overwork Yourself
Pulling an all-nighter or constantly working yourself to exhaustion may initially seem like a good idea to get ahead. But, this behavior leads to burnout. Don’t overwork yourself and make sure to leave time outside of work to relax and focus on personal goals. Take an hour or two to read a book, enjoy time with family, or go to the gym. In fact, taking time off of work gives your brain a “break” and helps you work harder during the time you spend at work. Workplace experiments have even shown that 4-day work weeks do not actually lower overall productivity. They also increased the quality of life reported by employees. Finding rewarding activities outside of the workplace helps decrease stress. Doing so ultimately allows you to become more productive while you work.
If you find yourself struggling in navigating your career, take a close look at your habits. Determine whether you have these three priorities. If you don’t, find time to build these habits so that you can succeed in building your career. For more advice about careers and professional development, there are various organizations and opportunities for young professionals seeking to advance their careers.