Thursday, May 30, 2013

Meet Deadlines - Increase Your Efficiency

Meeting deadlines is a workplace priority. Here are some tips on meeting deadlines and sticking to those busy schedules.
  • Prioritize. No one has time to do everything he or she would like to accomplish in a limited amo9unt of time, so it is necessary to arrange a to-do list according to one’s priorities.
  • Work on one task at a time until it is finished if possible. Switching from one task to another causes a lull in productivity. The mind has to re-familiarize itself with each task when switching.
  • Eliminate distractions. This includes internal and external distractions.
  • Work efficiently. Is there a better way to do a task than the way you have always done it? Can you prepare in some way before beginning the task?
  • Make decisions quickly. Explore all options and commit to a plausible action to resolve the problem.
  • Develop your skills and keep up with technology that will help you complete tasks.
  • Just do what needs to be done.
 Taking the initiative, working efficiently, and doing everything necessary to meet deadlines will pay off in a big way.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Spring Forward in Your Career

With the arrival of spring and new growth all around us, it seems a good time to reflect on ways we can grow and spring forward in the workplace. Here are some quick tips to help you climb the corporate ladder:

  • Clearly define your career ambitions.
  • Ask yourself if you are ready and willing to accept the responsibilities that go with the position you hope to attain.
  • Learn all you can about what it takes to advance in your company.
  • Emulate the people in the position you would like to attain.
  • Find a mentor in the type of position you desire.
  • Develop a plan of action that will lead you to the position you desire.
  • Know the criteria your supervisor uses to evaluate your performance.
  • Master the tasks you are given and look for ways to do them more efficiently.
  • Follow through on all tasks and keep your word.
  • Keep a record of your accomplishments.
  • Learn something new each week.
  • Practice excellent time management, organization, and customer relations skills.
  • Dress and act like a professional.