How to get back on track at work

“If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.” - Jim Rohn

You’re slaving away at work so why do you feel as if you’re constantly taking 1 step forward yet 2 steps backwards? Intuitively you know you should be spending 80% of your time on the key aspects of your role, but you’re so busy you can only find time for 15 – 20%. Surely there’s got to be a better way?

There’s affirmation around because some colleagues are struggling with the same challenges. However, is this where you should benchmark yourself because there are also situations where others seem to have all the luck with an easier job, more pay, greater recognition and less stress. Are they just lucky or are they simply better?

What’s stopping you from improving your situation? There will likely be a combination of factors that are inside and outside of your control. Do you understand them and what can you do with the things you can control? A good place to start to get back on track is to ask yourself:

  •        Where am I now?

  •        Where do I want to be?

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Ok, I now understand that but there’s a big gap. What needs to be done next is to determine the outcomes that need to occur between your starting and ending points. This is where a productivity mindset helps to make a real difference.

Joe Average basically does nothing. He either sits back while complaining about it or he makes a start but gives up before seeing it to the end. This is the complete opposite of high achievers who stand out from the crowd with their innate ability to drive outcomes.

How can I get back on track? The 3 keys to driving outcomes and delivering exceptional performance are:

  •       Plan – understand what needs to be done

  •        Prioritise – determine when the key activities need to occur

  •        Execute – make it happen

Is it easy? Perhaps not. You might need guidance from a coach or a mentor and you’ll probably need to change how you approach your work while having a steely resolve to improve your situation. However, self-improvement is possible and that’s better than the alternative.