Ten Ways To Be Amazing At Your Job

amazing jobThe single biggest speed bump that slows working people down and keeps them from performing their best at work is not a shortage of time. It isn’t a lack of information coming down from higher-ups either, although that can certainly be a problem.

The biggest impediment to doing an amazing job at work is a lack of altitude. What is altitude? It’s elevation above the ground. We all tend to focus on what’s right in front of us — like the next three items on our To Do list.

We dig in and attack our To Do list every day like it’s our highest priority to tick off more items — but it isn’t. Taking care of another few items on an endless To Do list will not significantly change the outcome of your day, week or month. Getting altitude on your role will have a much greater impact!

To get altitude on your job, you have to get distance from it. You can hole up at home over a weekend and focus on your role, its purpose and your priorities at work. That is a great investment of a weekend, even though you aren’t getting paid for it. It might be the difference between success and disappointment on the job!

To examine your job from altitude, rather than from the usual position working people occupy deep in the weeds, get a notebook and a pen you like to write with. Think about and then answer these questions in your notebook:

1. What is the purpose of my job?  If my job didn’t exist or if the person in the job didn’t perform the job well, how would it hurt my employer’s business?

2. What is my highest priority at work every day, week or month? What are the most critical items that simply must be completed?

3. What is the biggest or most important project I’m working on? Why is that one the most important?

4. What are the elements I will be evaluated on at my performance review? How can I keep these “yardstick” items on my radar screen with so many other distractions around me?

5. How is my manager evaluated at his or her performance review? What are the goals, yardsticks and projects I’m working on that are most important to my boss?

6. What can I push off or do less frequently at work to give myself more time and lower my stress level?

7. How can I prepare every day, every week or at whatever frequency will work best, to approach my job in the smartest possible way every work day?

8. What are the interruptions or fire-fighting exercises that most often keep me from getting my work done? Those problems need to be addressed via a process change, better communication or another approach. How can I make the goal of solving my biggest work-interrupting problem this year?

9. How can I use systems, like a desktop or mobile project-management app or an old-fashioned planner, to get control over my job and my priorities?

10. How can I manage my energy level and mojo supply more effectively at work?

We are humans, not machines. We get run down, and we prefer some activities to other activities. The more altitude you get and maintain — meaning the more time you spend thinking about your work instead of performing it — the more calm, powerful and authoritative you will be at work.

You will become more and more confident and less anxious about your work as you reserve energy and time every day to get above your To Do list and look down at your job as you would from a higher elevation. You will be able to see ahead of you to the horizon, rather than running up against deadlines all the times — and perhaps, missing too many of them.

Your work can’t sneak up on you unless you fall asleep — but that is what too many working people do! They work so hard all the time that they lose track of priorities and even urgent issues that need their attention. The remedy is simple: get out of the weeds!

Getting altitude on your job is a practice, like yoga. The more often you turn away from your To Do list to look at your job as a whole, the more successful you will be and the more progress you’ll make. Many of us grew up with “crisis junkies” for role models, instead of wise leaders.

We may have fallen into the habit of always handling the most exciting or high-profile crisis we can find instead of spending time on the slow, patient work of building better processes and creating stronger relationships.

These are the things that allow businesses to thrive over the long haul. Smart processes and great relationships don’t arise out of nowhere. They are built slowly, over time, by people who have altitude on their businesses and their own careers!

Source: www.forbes.com