Tips to greater career success

Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that matter most. The tiniest changes to your routine, your behaviors, and to your overall outlook can have a massive effect on your ultimate results. No matter what your position is or industry you are in, your success is in some way a product of the accumulation of your small decisions. For example, getting to work a little early every day gives you more time to work on a big project, and if you do well on those big projects, you’ll be better poised to earn a raise at the end of the year.

Whether you’re seeking a raise, a promotion, more business, or just higher productivity, these five tips can lead you to greater success in business:

1. If It Takes You Less Than Five Minutes, Do It Now. Small tasks can get in the way of our bigger projects. Trying to tackle them immediately can distract you from your more important goals, but avoiding them can serve only to increase your workload and bog you down until you get them done. To remedy both of these drawbacks, apply the following rule: if there’s a task facing you that will take less than five minutes to complete, do it right now. Then, it’s out of your way, and you’ll have less existential overhead. If it takes more than five minutes, feel free to postpone it or complete it as you see fit.

2. Use Dress and Posture to Achieve Your Goals. The power of nonverbal cues is enormous, even for the person executing those cues. Simple changes to your attire, your appearance, your posture, and even your facial expressions can make a big difference in your mentality and your place in the office. Dressing up can make you feel more confident and look more impressive. Smiling can make you more approachable and improve people’s impressions of you. Sitting up straight and making yourself feel big enhances your confidence and leads you to perform better in conversations.

3. Time Yourself. Spend one or two average days timing yourself throughout your normal routine. See what tasks and rituals take the longest, and which ones take the least amount of time. Once your results are in, take a critical look at the tasks and behaviors you spend the most time on–are these necessary? What strategies can you use to cut down the amount of time you’re spending? This practice can highlight productivity killers in your daily routine you may never have otherwise suspected.

4. Use the Seinfeld Strategy. You could have a read on this on our previous post,Be productive at work using the ‘Seinfeld Strategy’ the trick is not to break the chain; eventually, you’ll have a huge row of X’s and your motivation is simply to keep it going. So if you’re looking to build a new skill, start a new habit, or chip away at a massive assignment, make it a consistent habit, and don’t break the chain.

5. Tie Everything Back to Your Long-Term Plan. While not a life hack in the strictest definition of the term, try to tie everything in your daily work back to your long-term goals. For example, if you’re working toward a promotion and you’re considering what type of training to undertake, actively seek out acquiring new skills that will be useful in your desired position. Try to put everything–from your morning routine to your choice of projects to take on–in the perspective of your ultimate plans. This will help you make smarter, more relevant decisions and put you on the fast track toward achieving those goals.

These may all seem like small changes, but the secret lies in their aggregate effect; only through consistency and commitment will you be able to fully unlock the benefits of these career life hacks. Try one or more of them out in your job, and experiment to see which are the most effective. You may be surprised at how quickly you start to see results.

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Be productive at work using ‘Seinfeld Strategy’

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How many times have you tried picking up a new habit? How many times did it actually stick? No shame — you can always hop back on the wagon.

Brad Isaac was a young comedian starting out on the comedy circuit. One fateful night, he found himself in a club where Jerry Seinfeld was performing. In an interview on Lifehacker, Isaac shared what happened when he caught Seinfeld backstage and asked if he had “any tips for a young comic.”

Here’s how Isaac described the interaction with Seinfeld…

He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”

 

You’ll notice that Seinfeld didn’t say a single thing about results.

It didn’t matter if he was motivated or not. It didn’t matter if he was writing great jokes or not. It didn’t matter if what he was working on would ever make it into a show. All that mattered was “not breaking the chain.”

And that’s one of the simple secrets behind Seinfeld’s remarkable productivity and consistency. For years, the comedian simply focused on “not breaking the chain.”

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all‐time.

He is regarded as one of the “Top 100 Comedians of All–Time” by Comedy Central. He was also the co–creator and co–writer of Seinfeld, the long–running sitcom which has received numerous awards and was claimed to have the “Top TV Episode of All–Time” as rated by TV Guide.

However, what is most impressive about Seinfeld’s career isn’t the awards, the earnings, or the special moments — it’s the remarkable consistency of it all. Show after show, year after year, he performs, creates, and entertains at an incredibly high standard. Jerry Seinfeld produces with a level of consistency that most of us wish we could bring to our daily work.

Try the Seinfeld strategy and get to see how your productivity is gonna increase.

DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY

So today we share Pete’s story and hopefully it would give hope to one if not more souls out there.Pete Bradley aces work and Outward Bound from his wheelchair.The wheelchair is a form of transport, not an excuse to fail.

Pete Bradley thought he was happy sitting at home playing computer games, but he credits his stepmother with forcing him to get off his backside – and into a rewarding career.

“I was 18 and out of school. All I wanted to do was play computer games and drink beers with my mates. But my stepmother wasn’t going to let me waste my life, so she encouraged me to do Outward Bound,”  Pete says.

If you spend much time with Pete, you realize that most of the credit should be his, as taking part in the physically challenging course was even more daunting for him than for most people.

“I’ve got smaller arms and legs than most people and a bit of a curve in the back. It makes me short and stops me running around as much as the All Blacks. But I don’t see myself as disabled. I’ve got the guts and determination that helps people treat me more normally.”

Achievements at Outward Bound helped Pete realize he had potential.

The course was tough, but it gave Pete a new view of his situation. “When we were walking up the mountain, I had to walk up the mountain too. Walking isn’t one of my strong points and we just took our time and plodded up the mountain.

“When I got back I realized that if I can climb a mountain and sail a boat, there’s no reason for me to sit here and play James Bond on the computer – it wasn’t going to progress me any further.”

So Pete went to Workbridge, an employment service for people with disabilities, where he was steered toward a training course for call center operators.

Pete credits the service for helping him get organized, and into a job. “They team you up with a co-ordinator. That was helpful to do my CV. I’m still using Workbridge. They provide me with taxis to get to and from work. If I need any assistance or equipment, I can refer back to them.”

Now, in his job at Christchurch City Council’s call center, it’s Pete who gets the opportunity to encourage others. “I get people that ring me up and go, ‘I’m in a wheelchair and I can’t do this.’ And I’m like ‘Hang on, I’m in a wheelchair too and I still manage to get my wheelie bins out and I live at home independently.’

“Life’s all about having experiences. Just because you’ve got a disability you can’t sit on your laurels and not have those experiences.”