Improve Your Performance at Work in 4 Easy Steps

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You can do many things to improve your performance at work, things that don’t occur to most people. How successful you are at work is determined largely by your attitude and how you spend your time. Here are 4 EASY ways to improve your performance at work that you may never have thought of.

1) Learn How to Manage Your Priorities

To improve performance at work you must have the ability to set priorities and to separate the relevant from the irrelevant when facing the many tasks of the day. You must also possess a sense of urgency, the ability to get the job done fast.

Many managers have confirmed this to be the truth. They place an extraordinarily high value on a person who can set priorities and move quickly to get the job done. Speed and dependability in job completion is one of the most valued traits in the workforce. When your employer can hand you a job and then walk away and not worry about it again, you will have moved yourself onto the fast track. Your subsequent promotion and increased pay are virtually guaranteed.

2) Develop a Positive Mental Attitude

Another way you can improve your performance at work is to develop a positive mental attitude. People like to be around and to promote employees they like. Everybody quickly notices a consistent, persistent attitude of cheerfulness and optimism. When you make an effort to cultivate an attitude of friendliness toward people, they will make extraordinary efforts to open doors for you.

3) Improve Your Skills, Seek Knowledge

Improve performance at work by continually upgrading your work-related skills and making sure that your superiors know about it. Seek out additional courses you can take to improve yourself at your job and discuss these courses with your boss. Ask him or her to pay for the courses if you pass, but make it clear that you are going to take them anyway.

Ask your boss what books and audio programs you should read and listen to. Whatever he or she recommends, take his or her advice immediately. Then report back and ask for more. You will be amazed at how quickly this strategy brings you to the attention of the person who can most help you at each stage of your career.

Bosses are very impressed with people who are constantly striving to learn more in order to increase their value to their companies. Upgrading your knowledge and skills as a part of your life can really accelerate your career.

4) The Importance of Personality at Work

Probably 85 percent of your success in the world of work will come from your personality and your ability to communicate effectively with others. It will be determined by how much people like you and respect you.

You can greatly improve how other people perceive you by continually looking for ways to boost their self-esteem throughout the workday. A little genuine praise and appreciation, on a regular basis, will cause people to like you and want to help you. A likeable person is often perceived as being better at what they do than a person with a negative personality. When you are with your superiors, make it a practice to listen with respect, attentiveness and interest.

The more you honestly and sincerely listen to another person, the more that other person will like and trust you and want to give you additional help and responsibilities. All leaders are excellent listeners. It is a key method of influence. If you want to get people on your side, practice asking interested questions and then listening intently to the answers.

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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • gabrielleherbert

    Thanks Brian for these 4 different steps, great job! To improve my performance and productivity at work I use an Ipad app called Beesy. I take notes with a smartpen called Livescribe 3, so everything I write is automatically sent to the app. It is so easy to use when I want to write a report because it is done automatically as well. Have you heard of it?
    If you wish to check it out: http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-digital-handwriting/
    Gabi

  • paroera

    Good article, i always enjoy your tips and they are helpful.

  • habeeb eniola

    I really appreciate this article . Love it

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