Productivity Improvement | 01.20.2015

Self improvement ideas for work

It’s difficult to find inspiration at our workplace. Day in and day out, we face the same environment, coworkers and tasks—all factors that can lead to serious brain drain.

But it’s important to put things in perspective. First off: you have a job, and when so many are struggling to find secure employment, that’s a luxury. Secondly, you were likely picked from a competitive group of candidates because of your experience and ability to handle yourself in a professional interview. So, while the work may occasionally seem stagnant, it’s never a good idea to take it for granted.

Those who seek personal development, improved work efficiency and an increased morale will often find greater satisfaction in their work.

One of the fastest and easiest ways to improve work efficiency is to become skilled in the act of organization. Your work area often affects your mentality: a cluttered/messy area is distracting. To the outside world, it presents a “I don’t care.” attitude. A clean work area equals clear thinking and focus toward completing tasks.

Organizing your tasks is the next step. Planning ahead is one of the most obvious, yet effective, ways of managing your time. Take advantage of personal calendars, sticky notes, and spreadsheets. Set goals that will break assignments up into small steps rather than letting a work build up. Scrambling at the last minute to meet an unrealistic deadline will only lead to more stress and subpar results.

A surefire way to gauge your self improvement in the workplace is to open a dialogue with your colleagues and superiors. Personal assessments are a huge source of anxiety because of our innate fear of criticism, but those who receive regular feedback will have a better understanding of their improvement. Also, regular engagement with coworkers will strengthen your investment in the company, which, in turn, improves your feelings of self-worth.

Finally, taking breaks is a great method of improving productivity at work. You’d be surprised how effective a 15-minute walk outside and away from a computer screen is on your overall mentality. The desire to “power through” lunch is not uncommon, but this often leads to frustration and workplace dissatisfaction. Take your breaks! We recommend a 5-10 minute break after every hour of work—enough to keep your mind alert and effective.