Developing personal consistency in the workplace will allow you to be more efficient and make you a more productive worker. Plus by completing work tasks in less time who knows, maybe you’ll have time to take up a new hobby like clock repair.
1. Don’t procrastinate. This may seem like a simple statement, but anything that can be done today can and should be done today.
2. Understand your energy patterns. You know what times of the day and week you are most productive. Use those times to do more complicated tasks. Schedule less complicated tasks for those times when your energy levels are low or fellow group or employee members are unavailable.
3. Be consistent in your handling of all correspondence that crosses your desk. The less times you handle a piece of information the more quickly and efficiently you can keep tasks moving forward.
4. Add time to network or to increase your knowledge base. This includes staying on top of latest trends. Think of yourself as an information hub. The more information and connections you have the more relevant and valuable you are to your employer and prospective customers and business associates.
5. Follow through in the same manner when dealing with new customers or contacts. Having the steps written down will allow you to handle each person with the same level of attention and detail.
6. Thank you cards or thank you notes are always a must. It’s always a nice added touch.
7. Try to offer something of value to a current or prospective customer. It can be a simple tip or piece of useful information, or some easy way you can help them out now or in the future.
8. Always follow up. if you say you are going to do something, do it. Give them a time frame. Keep the person advised. if you know something you are doing won’t be completed on time let the person know as soon as possible and give them a revised time frame. Never keep customers in the dark.
Follow these steps and you’ll find you’ll sleep better at night and wake up refreshed wanting to face the new work day.
These are just my personal observations based on my own workplace experiences. Incorporate and use this advice at your own risk.