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10 Secrets to Take Your Work From Good to Great

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How can you be the best at what you do in your workplace? Here are a few tips.

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10 Secrets to Take Your Work From Good to Great

  1. 1. SECRETS TO10TAKE YOUR WORK FROM GOOD TO GREAT
  2. 2. GET YOUR LASER FOCUS ON. 1
  3. 3. YOU’RE NOT CONTRIBUTING MORE WHEN YOU’RE MULTITASKING. 1
  4. 4. YOU’RE NOT CONTRIBUTING MORE WHEN YOU’RE MULTITASKING. THE TRUTH? You’re not multitasking. Your mind can only handle one higher cognitive function at a time. So, in reality - you’re only task-switching. 1
  5. 5. YOU’RE NOT CONTRIBUTING MORE WHEN YOU’RE MULTITASKING. THE TRUTH? You’re not multitasking. Your mind can only handle one higher cognitive function at a time. So, in reality - you’re only task-switching. Constantly switching gears drains your energy much faster than if you focus on one task at a time. 1
  6. 6. 1 TIP: GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DO ONE THING AT A TIME.
  7. 7. 1 TIP: GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DO ONE THING AT A TIME. Set aside time to unplug. Close your emails, apps, and anything digital that could be a distraction.
  8. 8. FUEL YOUR OWN MOTIVATION. 2
  9. 9. DON’T RELY ON OTHERS TO PUSH YOU TO PRODUCE GREAT WORK. 2
  10. 10. DON’T RELY ON OTHERS TO PUSH YOU TO PRODUCE GREAT WORK. You should be the one motivating yourself to go above and beyond. 2
  11. 11. DON’T RELY ON OTHERS TO PUSH YOU TO PRODUCE GREAT WORK. You should be the one motivating yourself to go above and beyond. TIP: Whenever you receive positive feedback from your colleagues, write it down. Use it to inspire yourself later. 2
  12. 12. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. 3
  13. 13. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.– Vladimir Horowitz 3
  14. 14. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.– Vladimir Horowitz That’s right. Nobody becomes brilliant by accident. 3
  15. 15. YOU NEED TO WORK AT IT. EVERY. DAY. 3
  16. 16. YOU NEED TO WORK AT IT. EVERY. DAY. TIP: Stop practicing mindlessly and start practicing deliberately. Analyse where you’re going wrong and refine your processes. 3
  17. 17. STRETCH YOURSELF. 4
  18. 18. 4 LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
  19. 19. 4 LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE. If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later. – Richard Branson
  20. 20. 4 LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE. If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later. – Richard Branson TIP: Say yes to “stretch assignments” even if you have no idea what you’re doing.
  21. 21. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR HABITS. 5
  22. 22. TO BE THE BEST, YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. It’s time to start eating brain foods. 5
  23. 23. TO BE THE BEST, YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. It’s time to start eating brain foods. TIP: Ditch the fizzy drinks and chips, and stock your lunch box with brain healthy foods: Walnuts, fish, berries, spinach, kale, flax seeds. 5
  24. 24. TO BE THE BEST, YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. It’s time to start eating brain foods. TIP: Ditch the fizzy drinks and chips, and stock your lunch box with brain healthy foods: Walnuts, fish, berries, spinach, kale, flax seeds. These foods will boost your memory and cognitive functioning, and give you the advantage you need to outperform your competitors. 5
  25. 25. OPTIMISE YOUR DOWNTIME. 6
  26. 26. 6 The fittest person is not the one that runs the fastest, but the one who has optimised their rest time. – Toni Swartz 6
  27. 27. 6 The fittest person is not the one that runs the fastest, but the one who has optimised their rest time. – Toni Swartz Start thinking of your days not in terms of how you manage your time, but how you manage your energy. 6
  28. 28. 6 The fittest person is not the one that runs the fastest, but the one who has optimised their rest time. – Toni Swartz Start thinking of your days not in terms of how you manage your time, but how you manage your energy. TIP: When your energy levels are low, specifically plan how you’ll use this time to recover: take a nap, go for a walk, read, or just sit and reflect. 6
  29. 29. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. 7
  30. 30. 7 ONCE YOU’RE AWARE OF HOW YOUR ENERGY LEVELS PEAK AND DIP, use your peak time to handle the bigger, more complex decisions.
  31. 31. 7 ONCE YOU’RE AWARE OF HOW YOUR ENERGY LEVELS PEAK AND DIP, use your peak time to handle the bigger, more complex decisions. TIP: If you feel you’re in a dip, save the decision for later.
  32. 32. 7 ONCE YOU’RE AWARE OF HOW YOUR ENERGY LEVELS PEAK AND DIP, use your peak time to handle the bigger, more complex decisions. TIP: If you feel you’re in a dip, save the decision for later. This will conserve your energy, and help you do great work with the tasks that matter.
  33. 33. ALIGN YOUR PRIORITIES TO COMPANY GOALS. 8
  34. 34. 8 TEAMS PERFORM BETTER WHEN THEY’RE MOVING IN SYNC.
  35. 35. 8 TEAMS PERFORM BETTER WHEN THEY’RE MOVING IN SYNC. Make sure to keep tabs on your company’s goals and objectives.
  36. 36. 8 TEAMS PERFORM BETTER WHEN THEY’RE MOVING IN SYNC. Make sure to keep tabs on your company’s goals and objectives. TIP: If your company’s goals are set around the customer experience, make sure your work puts the customer first. In this way, you’ll be aligned with the performance of your company, and your work will flourish as a result.
  37. 37. BEAT YOUR LAST SCORE. 9
  38. 38. 9 THE BIGGEST OPPONENT TO PROGRESS IS STAGNATION. Always try to excel at your work by being better than you were yesterday.
  39. 39. 9 THE BIGGEST OPPONENT TO PROGRESS IS STAGNATION. Always try to excel at your work by being better than you were yesterday. If you were able to sort your emails in 10 minutes yesterday, see if you can do it in 9 minutes today.
  40. 40. 9 THE BIGGEST OPPONENT TO PROGRESS IS STAGNATION. Always try to excel at your work by being better than you were yesterday. If you were able to sort your emails in 10 minutes yesterday, see if you can do it in 9 minutes today. TIP: Keep notes on how you’re improving, and always have one big goal in mind. As you move closer to that goal, you’ll feel a great sense of momentum and your motivation to persevere will grow.
  41. 41. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. 10
  42. 42. TO GET AHEAD, YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME OUT TO REFLECT ON YOUR DAY HONESTLY. 10
  43. 43. TO GET AHEAD, YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME OUT TO REFLECT ON YOUR DAY HONESTLY. TIP: • Analyse what you did for the day. • Be critical of what worked and what didn’t. • Think about where you can improve. 10
  44. 44. TO GET AHEAD, YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME OUT TO REFLECT ON YOUR DAY HONESTLY. TIP: • Analyse what you did for the day. • Be critical of what worked and what didn’t. • Think about where you can improve. Doing this consistently will give you a game plan that takes your work from good to great. 10
  45. 45. Being great at what you do isn’t easy - it takes hard work, determination and perseverance.
  46. 46. Being great at what you do isn’t easy - it takes hard work, determination and perseverance. BUT, BE GLAD IT ISN’T EASY.
  47. 47. Being great at what you do isn’t easy - it takes hard work, determination and perseverance. BUT, BE GLAD IT ISN’T EASY. Because, when you finally break through that barrier, you’ll know you deserve every bit of success.
  48. 48. BE CONSISTENT,
  49. 49. BE CONSISTENT, AND KEEP PUSHING.
  50. 50. BE CONSISTENT, AND KEEP PUSHING. YOU’VE GOT THIS.
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