By | Sarah Kaminski
As another year draws to a close, we’re all starting to consider what we can do to enhance our work performance in the year to come. Whatever our professional goals may be, January is usually a good time to look back, take stock, and plan ahead.
Here’s how you can improve your work performance in 2023:
Set Clear Goals
Before you start making any changes to your habits or behaviors, consider what it is you want to achieve at work. Are you looking to earn more or attain a specific position? Is there something specific you want to learn?
Once you set your goal, it will be much easier to know where you need to direct your focus and time.
Ask for More Opportunities
In order to achieve your goals, you will most likely need to take concrete action. You may need to ask your supervisors to give you specific tasks or to consider you for a specific role.
Without being vocal and open about your plans and desired achievements, your coworkers and managers won’t know that you are interested. Make sure to clearly communicate with your company what you are looking for, and together you can come up with a way to achieve it.
Note that you may also need to look into other work if there are no available growth opportunities in your current place of work.
Become a Better Communicator
Whatever your business goals are, becoming a better communicator will help you achieve them. This means you will need to learn how to listen as well as how to clearly say (or write) what you mean.
This is a skill that will require your time and dedication. When speaking to a colleague or composing an email, teach yourself to think carefully and understand what outcome you are looking for and what the best way to achieve it will be.
Learn When to Say No
Improving your work performance can also mean you need to learn how and when to say no, especially if you are the kind of person who routinely volunteers to do things and take on extra tasks.
Once you’ve set your work goal, remember that you will need to refuse, if possible, tasks that won’t bring you closer to it. If it’s something that will merely waste your time and energy without ultimately contributing toward your goals, learn how to communicate your desire not to do it. This is why it’s so important to be clear with management and your closest colleagues about what your goals are.
Get More Rest
In order to improve your work performance, you need to work hard; that much is clear. However, this does not mean you suddenly have to stop sleeping and resting in general. The better rested you are and the better your overall health and wellbeing, the better you will perform at work too.
Start by sleeping better. Getting a mattress made without fiberglass can help you wake up feeling more energized and less achy, which will set you up for a better day altogether.
Make sure to make time for working out and moving your body. This will improve both sleep and performance, and make you feel much more focused and driven.
Another important way to help yourself rest is to schedule breaks: both during the day and during the week. Daily breaks should ideally happen every hour. Get up and stretch, drink some water and help your mind refocus.
Make sure you have at least one day a week where you don’t work or think about work. It’s important for work-life balance, and it will keep you from burning out.
Declutter Your Workspace
People often say that a tidy house promotes a tidy mind. If your workspace is cluttered and full of things you don’t need that only serve to distract you, you won’t get nearly as much done as you could.
Remove everything from your desk and line of sight that you don’t need. Keeping a notebook, your phone, headphones, tissues, etc., is perfectly fine. But don’t also keep a book, last week’s reports, your Kindle, and other assorted items.
Prioritize and Rationalize
In order to work better, you have to work smarter. Learn how to prioritize your daily tasks and start with the most difficult one. It will both get the biggest tasks out of the way and help you feel that you’ve achieved something early on in the day. This will boost your performance further.
Don’t expect yourself to perform magic, though. There will be days when you are less focused and can’t do everything you set out to do. Accept the bad days as inevitable, and just ride them out the best you can.
Improve your work performance in 2023 with these tips, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment that comes after a job well done. Before you get started, though, make sure that your goals are achievable and that they reflect what you truly want.
Sarah Kaminski is a freelance writer and social media marketer. She works with a number of small businesses to build their brands through more engaging marketing and content.