Many feel that hard work will bring great rewards, promotion and recognition. While this may be true in strictly a professional sense, the key to a successful LIFE is balancing your work and personal life, so you do not get burnt-out or have so much stress that it affects your health.
To help you achieve a successful career AND personal life, here are 5 tips for you to follow from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan:
Forget Perfection…Strive For Greatness — Most successful workers pursue greatness, but not necessarily perfection. Why? Because the drive to be perfect can wear you out and not deliver any more results than greatness will give. Bottom line—don’t be afraid to do excellent work on a consistent basis and reserve the attempt at unconditional perfection for those really special projects.
Talk Yourself Up at the Office — No one wants to see you succeed more than yourself. Therefore, it pays to be your own cheerleader and make your boss aware of your achievements, the extra time you spend on a project and the results you bring to the organization—especially during review time. If you want to remind people of what you do, keep track of your successes throughout the year. Just be careful not to overdo it—too much self-lavish comes across as bragging.
Use Extra Hours to Your Advantage — If you find yourself working late, coming in early or working on a weekend, make sure you pass by your manager’s office and say “hello.” By doing so, you will earn kudos for showing your dedication and, more importantly, have an opportunity to spend valuable one-on-one time with those that can make a positive impact on your career.
Watch Your E-mail’s Time/Date Stamp — This is more important than you might think. When you e-mail your manager after hours, the e-mail demonstrates your commitment and the extra time you spent on a project. However, there can also be a negative side to these e-mails. Sending messages at 10:00 pm on a Saturday night or at 6:00 am on a Sunday morning could indicate that you are not able to manage your time well. Conversely, there is something to be said for getting the job done early. A good rule-of-thumb is that you’ll make a better impression when you finish your work during normal business hours.
Be The “Go-To” Person During Crunch Time — You do not have to work 18 hours a day 7 days a week, but make sure your boss knows that you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile when something needs to be completed.
Following these 5 tips will generate success without all the negative side effects associated with being a workaholic. And remember, greatness can achieve the same results as perfection, without the added stress.
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