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Do you have days at work where you feel super productive, energized and overall happy about where you are and how you’re performing? Those are the best… but at the same time, I’m sure you have days where you feel tired, disinterested or just unable to do your best. Am I right? Don’t worry! I have those days too. If you can try to push yourself to really drill down the problem though and figure out why you feel that way, a lot of times you can fix it. Here’s 5 things that might be hindering your performance at work.
I know from experience that not getting enough sleep can severely affect my performance at work, but if you don’t believe me, just ask Harvard University. Their study shows that “in the workplace [lack of sleep’s] effects can be seen in reduced efficiency and productivity, errors, and accidents”. I know I’ve talked about this before in my post, Non-Morning People Wake Up Earlier, but getting enough sleep, waking up a little earlier and having a positive morning routine can make a huge difference! If you’re tired, you can’t do your job well and you’ll be less happy overall.
2. Eating habits
Food is literally fuel for your body. I know we often think of it as an emotional comfort or something yummy to taste, but if you think of it as being similar to gasoline that a car needs to run, it really changes your perspective. Eating too much food or unhealthy foods can be disastrous to your productivity at work. It can make you feel sluggish, tired and maybe even discouraged about your weight when you need to be focusing on emails and clients. Not eating enough can be just as detrimental. Have you ever tried to do an insane diet and do… well anything else? All you can think about is the food you’re craving, how hungry you feel and overall it makes you distracted and irritable. Making a point to eat a balanced diet full of a variety of wholesome food will not only make you more alert, but you’ll feel better, your mood will improve and you’ll kick ass at work.
3. Not being organized
When you start the day off coming into a messy office with a desk full of papers, it can overwhelm you and slow you down. Why start the day on a negative note, feeling frantic and like you don’t know where to start? A really good practice to put in place is to organize and straighten your desk every day before you leave work, so that you come in to a clean slate. Also, making sure to stay organized and having structure for your day can make a huge difference. Being unorganized = being less productive, so just try it out!
Your appearance inadvertently affects your work performance. If you don’t look your best, you don’t feel your best and that can affect your confidence and success. When you’re not getting enough sleep and throwing yourself together, it shows. Having clothes that are ill fitting, uncomfortable or not quite appropriate for the workplace can also significantly have a negative impact on you. The same goes for your hair if you go too many days without washing or feel too lazy that morning to fix it. Feeling good about yourself leads to better work performance, plus your co-workers and peers will perceive you as happier, stronger and a better team player.
5. Group negativity
It’s okay to vent sometimes to co-workers, often you need to… but if someone is constantly negative and not happy about their job, spending a lot of time with them can bring you down and hinder your performance. Regularly hanging out with these people can launch you into a vicious cycle where you get together to complain about your other co-workers, about your boss, even about the work you have to do, but really all this does is waste time, distract you from your work and make you less satisfied with your place of employment. Be nice and courteous to everyone, but don’t be naive in thinking you can bring them up when likely they will bring you down.
Whether you’re trying to climb the ladder, make your own success or just be an overall girl boss, being on your toes and performing at your best is a must! Fix these 5 things in your life and I swear you’ll see a difference. If you have any practices you put in place to be more successful as work, I’d love to hear them, so be sure to comment below! 🙂
C’est la vie,