Whether you work in a small office or a large company, managing relationships with old colleagues and current co-workers is an important job. On top of managing daily tasks, social meetings, and home life, it can be hard to feel like you're getting anywhere. Here's a list of 5 productive things to add to your to-do list, inspired by a list from CEO of Careerealism Media, J.T. O-Donnell. Committing to these suggestions will help you feel more accomplished and inspired by your work.
Whether you add to this list or keep it at 5, try to do at least 2 of these tasks every day.
- Start off the day reading one article about your industry. Staying on top of trends in your field can inspire new creative ideas or motivate you throughout the day. By gaining knowledge about your work, you're more likely to think long-term about your company or your job, and see yourself in that action.
- Write your top three goals down, and execute one task that applies to them. They can be long-term or short-term goals, either for you or your business. By seeing them on a list every day, and being mindful of how much you contribute to making them happen, you'll get closer and closer to reaching them.
- Send an email to reconnect with old or former colleagues. Sustaining a professional work takes a lot of time, but putting it off only makes it harder. If you can send one or two emails each day, or even each week, you'll retain better relationships with former colleagues--and be surprised at the results and payoff when you need it the most.
- Spend a little time talking to co-workers, but not about work. Developing friendly relationships with your co-workers will help create a positive environment, making it a lot easier to work with others. By not talking about work, you're building a more personal relationship.
- Required: Reflect on the day with 5 positive notes of accomplishment. They can be small, like cleaning off your desk, to something significant, like landing an important client. By focusing on your positive accomplishments, you'll go home feeling accomplished and feel more energized and ready to take on more and more tasks every day. We recommend this "requirement," because positive reflection can help relieve stress and improve mental clarity, giving you a better sense of self.
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