Improve Your Work Performance with These 9 Daily Rituals

Improve Your Work Performance with These 9 Daily Rituals

This article was written by G. John Cole, a digital nomad specializing in leadership, digital media, and personal growth topics, who writes on behalf of NeoMam Studios.

In times of stress at work, the impulse can often be to cast everything else aside and throw yourself into the business of getting stuff done. It ain’t pretty, but sometimes buckling down just feels like the best solution to crank up the productivity.

But actually, you work better when you refuse to give in to stress and anxiety. And one way to do so is to enforce the regularity of rituals and habits to keep yourself oriented within your schedule.

If your daily schedule resembles a plate of jelly the way that it just about holds together without any obvious structure and tends to wobble when tested, it’s time to start figuring some productivity rituals into your routine.

It starts as soon as you get up. A cold shower in the morning will get the blood and the endorphins pumping, which gets you pumped for getting stuff done. Freelancer cheat: if you work from home, this one can give you a boost right after lunch, instead!

Taking decent breaks is one of the first rituals to go when you’re stressed.

This is pretty counter-productive when you think about it. Perhaps the problem is that you don’t value the breaks you take.

Use your coffee or cigarette break to complete a short mindfulness task. Counting your breaths, or naming every sound you can hear, are great ways to bring your feet back onto the ground and ensure you’ll be more productive when you get back to the PC.

If that’s too intangible for you, try keeping a journal.

Writing stuff down by hand helps your brain to process it, as well as providing an ongoing record of what you’re actually achieving when you’re deep in the fug of a deadline.

Try it on your lunch break, and just use bullet-points if you’re not ready to get into deep prose. Even that much can start to improve your memory and comprehension skills.

And you may already have rituals that are in need of some tweaking. If the first thing you do when you switch on your computer in the morning is to sink into that swamp of emails, congratulations: that’s a ritual. Unfortunately, it may not be a very productive one.

Instead, maintain a ‘to-do’ list and promise yourself to get one item ticked off before you even access your inbox each morning. It’s a great way to buoy your morale and, guess what, to get stuff ticked off your ‘to-do’ list.

You’re not a robot – and acknowledging your human nature with a daily ritual can help you to become more fulfilled and successful in the work that you do. This new infographic gathers nine such productivity-boosting rituals so you can try a couple each week and see what works best for you.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career