Everyone wants to get ahead at work, but you may be standing in your own way. Stop making these common mistakes.
1. Working too much.
Sure, you want to prove how much you’re worth, but over-working actually makes you less efficient, not more productive. Quality employers will want their employees to have well-rounded lives that they properly prioritize. Otherwise, how will they trust that their team knows what’s important? Also, when you’re living your life outside of the work place, you have the inspiration to take back to your day job, something that’s extra important if you work in a creative field.
2. Working through lunch.
Your brain needs a break during the day. Thirty minute lunch breaks are pretty short, but they’re necessary to get you back on track. Actually, you should be taking a break every hour, even if it’s for a quick trip to the coffee machine. By breaking throughout the day, you’ll actually get more work accomplished. Have an hour-long break? Even better! You can eat lunch and still have time to socialize, exercise, or relax.
3. Working all night and missing out on sleep.
No matter how productive you think you are, you’re not as productive as you could be on a good night’s sleep. The more sleep deprived you are, the more likely it is that you’ll have to take full days off because you’re sick or suffering from exhaustion.
4. Writing way too much when communicating.
Keep your e-mails short and to the point. A good way to do this is to always keep your e-mails to three lines or less. This will force you to get rid of superfluous words and unnecessary information. Otherwise, the important things you have to say may get overlooked or ignored.
5. Rambling during one-on-one meetings with your boss.
What do you have to say? Say it and then stop talking. If you have a problem, question, suggestion, or complaint, talk to your boss about it. Don’t cover up an issue, avoid a difficult conversation, or defend yourself by over-talking. The more you talk, the less they’ll remember. Also, don’t be afraid of quiet pauses. They may feel awkward, but it’s not necessary to continually fill the silence. Big names in business, like Bob Bratt, aren’t afraid of confrontation or speaking their mind.
6. Job searching at work.
You’re completely allowed to look for another job even when you have a current one. However, keep the job hunting to your own house. Your IT department can easily figure out when you’re on the hunt for another job, which can seriously affect your current job.
Some mistakes, like working even on the weekends, can feel like a success. In truth, though, you’ll be more successful when you strike a balance.