Have you ever felt like you were overlooked at work? Contrary to popular belief, working harder doesn't always get you noticed by your boss. In fact, oftentimes, working hard makes you look like a desperate and ineffective worker. After all, if your coworkers aren't having to put up such a struggle, why do you?
Instead of working hard, work SMARTER. I'm sure you've heard the saying, but what does that really mean? How can you apply that in a practical sense? Well, in 7 Secrets to Succeeding at Any Job, I discuss three very quick, very easy keys to get your boss' attention. And I'd like to share them with you right now.
Key #1: Make a checklist
Before you get to work, get out a piece of paper and a pen and write down everything you need to do for that day. Then, number them by order of priority. Then rewrite the list on a separate piece of paper in order of importance. Start at the top and work your way through. You'll find that you get everything done a lot quicker and will have more free time available to rub shoulders when the boss passes through.
Key #2: Organize your stuff
In the same way that a checklist organizes your tasks, organize the things you deal with on a daily basis. Set the things you use most often closest to you so you aren't spending a lot of time running back and forth. This may take some time, but once you've got it optimized, you'll find yourself breezing through tasks in minutes that used to take hours.
Key #3: Communicate well
Successful people never speak before they think. That might seem obvious, and yet so many people open their mouths and say things that not only waste time but cause confusion and can even hinder instead of help! Take time to think about what you're going to say before you say it. Get a feel for your audience. How much do they know about the topic? Will they understand what you're trying to convey? If not, rewrite it! If it's a speech, write it down ahead of time and read it as though you were a member of your audience. Does it make sense? Is it coherent? Are there any wasted words? Good communication skills are some of the most important factors all employers look for in people they're wanting to promote. So if you're not a good communicator, learn! Practice! And practice more until you're confident in what and how you speak.
These are just a few of the topics I discuss in my Efficiency Workshop. If you'd like to gain access to the complete workshop, click here. (Hurry because spots are filled very quickly!)