Three Small Changes to Improve Work Performance
Small changes can make a big difference. If you are trying to make big changes in your life, do not be afraid to start small. It is better to start small and succeed, step-by-step, than to set unrealistic goals and feel disappointed with yourself.
Break down big goals into smaller chunks and include next actions in your planning. For example, you might have a goal to improve your physical health. Rather than trying to rush into an Olympian’s workout schedule five days a week, start by eating the healthiest food possible every time that you’re hungry - which is a more realistic and attainable goal. You will save money, and likely make better food choices. Next step: go to the gym once a week – a vast improvement over not getting any exercise at all, but a far cry from five days per week.
When stressed out, it is easy to think that everything has to change right now. That mentality often ends up making people feel overwhelmed and frustrated. The best thing to do is figure out where you need to start, and work at a steady pace until we can take on a little more….and then a little more…
Here are a few more suggestions for small changes that can make a big difference for your business organization, time management, and project execution:
Stop trying to keep to-do lists in your head. Tomorrow, you’ll suddenly remember something that you really needed to address today. Your mind is a sharp tool, but creating a to-do list with an accessible note pad or digital device can keep things organized while freeing up some brain power along the way. Notepads and digital devices are effective tools for list-making and organization. Run through your notes at least once a day for a quick refresher, and cross things off as you complete them.
Shift your attitude. Reduce the amount of negative self-talk you engage in. Negative self-talk will only hold you back. With all of the exogenous influences that already make things more difficult for you and your business, why would you waste your time and energy on self-defeating behavior? In order to rid yourself of all of the negativity, first understand that it takes time. Experts say it takes 21 to 30 days to break a habit (or create a new one).