Many people in the U.S. workforce feel that hard work will bring great rewards, promotion and recognition; however, 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. Indeed, you never hear people say, “I wish I spent more time at work.”
To help you achieve a successful career and personal life, your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan have listed below 5 tips for you to follow:
1. Strive for greatness, not perfection — The drive to be perfect can wear you out and not deliver any more results than greatness will give—so do not be afraid to do excellent work on a consistent basis. Reserve unconditional perfection for those really special projects.
2. Talk-up your personal successes at the office — It pays to be your own cheerleader, so make sure your boss knows about 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.
At the same time, be careful not to overdo it as it could come across as bragging. And if other people were involved, make sure you give them credit, too. This is a great way to build positive relationships with the other team members that you recognized, and it shows you are willing to share the glory.
3. Working the right hours will get you noticed — 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 your superior.
4. Watch your e-mail’s time and date stamps — 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. You will most often make a better impression when you finish your work during normal business hours.
5. Be there when crunch time comes around — 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. Remember, greatness can achieve the same results as perfection, without the added stress!
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