There comes a point in your working life that you realize that it is time to set up your work ethic, not because of stress at work but just for yourself. This self improvement is a great way to challenge yourself and can eventually open new options up to you for different job opportunities.
Improving your work ethic is a process that will not happen overnight so you will also have to practice patience and self love. You are going to make mistakes which is normal but the only thing that matters is that you keep going towards your goal.
Here are 5 things you can do to improve your work ethic:
Look at Where You are
If you do not know where you are with your personal work ethic there is no way for you to know how you are going to get to your goals. This is going to require some self reflection and rigorous honesty with yourself. It is best to keep an objective view about what you discover about yourself and how you work.
This means you should not get down on yourself or beat yourself when you find something that can be improved. After discovering where you are you can move forward to become better.
Choose Good Examples
Sometimes it can be hard to visualize what you want to become. If you feel stuck you can look at business leaders such as D Gary Young or somebody else you admire. Figure out what you admire about them and how you can develop those qualities and take responsibility for your work ethic. This will require some research on your part but it will give you a solid foundation for where you want to go and who you want to become.
This is a big aspect for anybody who wants to get more out of their workday and life in general is to manage their time better. A lot of our time is wasted from not being intentional with our time such as looking at our phones aimlessly or not having a plan for what we want to accomplish.
There are a lot of different ways on how you can manage your time. Some people really enjoy calendars and planning what their week is going to look like. Others like to use an online platform of some kind that keeps track of time and what is being done during that time.
Allow Yourself to Make Changes
It can be really hard to allow change to happen, especially if you are nervous or if you are scared of what could and will happen. This may mean you have to start being more focused at work and start treating your coworkers a little differently.
A good way to make changes it to first be ready to make those changes. If you do not want to change, change is going to be a consistent uphill battle that will be so much harder than for someone who is ready and willing to change.
If you think about weight loss you know that some people go on intense diets for weeks and months and eventually go back to their old eating and exercising habits. This is usually called “yo yo dieting” and means that they try new things but just go back and forth without any consistent change.
This can happen with trying to change anything but especially work ethic. If you are on time for several weeks but than are late and go back and forth this tells your employer that you are not trustworthy and reliable because you can’t be consistent. Once you figure out what your work ethic is you can lead with those values and become a great employee and leader with consistency.
Personal improvement and growth can be hard, especially when you are doing it just for yourself and not for anyone else. What are some things that you do to stay motivated that help you stay focused on your personal work goals? Comment below to start the conversation!