While in our heads we imagine ourselves kicking ass at every meeting, getting a raise every few months and being crowned Employee of the Month every month, reality is less glamorous. Between unsupportive bosses and mundane work, it’s easy to lose all your motivation to be truly amazing at what you do. However, falling into a rut and not trying to do anything about it is one of the worst things you can do for your career. Unless you’re constantly striving for self-improvement, your career trajectory is going to resemble a flat plain instead of the steep mountain you’d rather it be. So how to be the absolute best at your job? Here are five tips that will help.
1. Don’t Shy Away From Going Beyond The Call Of Duty
You can either do the bare minimum required of your job and stay afloat or go the extra mile and reach new heights. No matter what your job,
2. Be A Superlative
Why settle for being just ‘okay’ when you can be the best? Have at least one skill that you’re the absolute best at to distinguish you from the rest. You can strive towards being the best
3. Spend Your Off-Season Time Productively
If you have a seasonal job, don’t treat off-season months as an extended vacation. Instead, use it towards honing your skills, building your personal brand, nurturing contacts or widening your network. For example, if you’re a teacher, you can
4. Find A Trademark
What’s the one characteristic you have that makes you stand out from the crowd? It isn’t a coincidence that almost every successful personality has a trademark that makes them instantly recognizable. Mark Zuckerberg has his grey t-shirts, Kylie Jenner has her lips and Anna Wintour has her trademark sunglasses and bob. When you think of improving yourself at work, think
5. Improve Your Life Outside Work
Ultimately, the best way to have a great work life, is to have a fulfilling life outside it. If you spend all your time working and do nothing for yourself, you’re going to feel burnt out and unfulfilled. Take time out of each day to do something that you love. It could be reading a chapter in a book, going for a run, or simply drinking coffee in the morning in silence. For at least half an hour a day, unwind and do something for your mental health. This will put in a much better state of mind to put your best foot forward at work.