Work has changed dramatically in the last few decades. Gone are the days where toil and physical acumen used to determine success at work. Now, it’s more of mental agility and the skills of handling the technology-based platforms for the best results at work. Most of us spend a large chunk of work time glued before a computer screen or staying connected 24×7 through mobile devices.
Many of us have to work long hours. Some of the workforce, primarily in countries that serve as outsourcing geographies, even have to work during the nights so as to cater to the daytime of countries they work for.
Though technological advancements have made work across all sectors more efficient, it does take a toll on the human workforce. How to stay on the top of your work and maintain your optimum performance as a professional in the age of technology?
Here are some simple ways to keep yourself at the top in your professional avatar.
- Are you fit for work? Staying out all night, excessive alcohol consumption, no fitness and poor diet will lead to the same direction, that is your work performance dwindling and your output getting diminished. Keeping fit, maintaining good diet and sleeping patterns will help you perform like an able professional.
- Preparation for your work: Many a times your work become a routine. Don’t take anything for granted. Now this will act out like ground hog day after a while, but good professional habits revolve around doing the same thing over and over again in preparation for the day ahead. What do you have planned for the day ahead? Lunch meetings with friends? Catch up with old friends down the pub? If you have critical work missions, such days might not be the best. Schedule your work and social life so as to retain your professional edge while enjoying your social life. For instance, if you are a stock trader or work in other allied markets executing trades, you need to set your charts up, support lines, pivot points, etc. If there is any news or event that could affect your trading, you have to plan the day ahead accordingly.
- Environment: Our surrounding has a big impact on our lives, including our professional work life. We all need a good environment to work. I can guarantee professionals are not executing big deals on their smartphones while playing golf or sitting in a pub. Start acting like a professional and find a good work environment even when you do not have a fixed office or you are out on a business trip. Surround yourself with good people to seek the right inspiration and motivation for healthy competition at work. Taking our earlier example of a stock trader, we can safely say that it will be beneficial for such traders to join a Live Trading Room so as to benefit from the company of like-minded professionals.
- Keeping yourself occupied: Unless your work involves attending to phone support lines or any other work where you have a task assigned for every minute, you will find some spare time up your sleeve. If you have to wait for a client phone call or meeting, make the most use of such breaks. Don’t let boredom eat your time. There is no reason to be sitting in front of the charts all day waiting. Hit the office gym, walk the dog if you work from your home office, take a stroll down the lane. Such exercises will give your mind a break and do you the world of good. Once again, in the stock or securities trading segment, a trader executing gap trading might have lot of time to spare when a trade takes a lot of time to execute.
- Work execution: Without any doubt, execution of a work plan makes all the difference. We can prepare all we like, be fit and healthy, have a great system that has a proven track record. How we handle an assignment and execute a business deal depends on the existing circumstances at hand. If your client put a tricky condition, your ability to arrive at a middle path can help you close the deal. If a customer is unwilling to pay the right price, how you help him understand the value proposition of your product will determine whether you close a deal or not. If a given task cannot be completed in the optimum way, it’s better to cut our losses and focus on others that can help us get the right results.
- Review your work: Don’t let the past be past. Learn from it. Always review your past work and find the right steps, or wrong ones, that determined the end result. Why did a business deal go sour? What made a client happy? What went wrong in the product? What made your customers pick the product you sold? A review will help you sharpen your skills, improve your product and help you stay ahead of your competition.
Try implementing some of these steps in your work plan or throughout the day and you will find your work performance enhance from the current levels.