Every September for Self-Improvement Month, we take a look at areas of our lives that need a little elbow grease. Do you want to ditch the fast food, pick up some veggies and start living a healthier lifestyle? Have you been trying to find time to volunteer and positively impact others in your community? What about your job performance? If you are one of the many people who want to use Self-Improvement life to bolster your career, follow these simple tips:

Arrive Early

That snooze button can be awfully tempting in the morning, but avoid it and arrive to work a little early. Walking into a quiet office and getting quality, interruption-free time will help you start off the day on the right foot.

Tweak Your Organizational System 

We all have a little organization system in place. Whether it’s going through our inbox or simply planning out our day, chances are there could be a few tweaks to help us improve. One of the easiest things you can do is prioritize. When you’re clicking through your email, respond to the urgent or top priority emails first. When you are making your to-do list for the day, put your important tasks first. This will help prevent anything urgent and/or important from falling through the cracks.

Focus on Communication

Have you ever had a project get derailed due to a lack of communication? Yes, it’s frustrating, because it could have been easily avoided. Simply communicating more efficiently can help you work better with your team and avoid hitches when completing projects.

Quit Multitasking 

With smartphones and other technology running our lives, it can be too easy to fall into the multitasking trap. It might seem like a good idea to answer incoming email or do some research for another project while writing that extensive report, but you will end up not completing any of these tasks to your full potential. Lock your phone in your desk, click out of your email and exit out of the browser when you’re trying to focus on a task. Trust us, you will get much more accomplished!

Get to Know Your Team Better

Building better relationships with your teammates is another simple way to improve your work performance; you will learn how your team works and the best way to communicate with them. Go to lunch with your teammates and try to schedule more post-work activities to get to know them better and build a stronger bond.

Find Balance

Finding balance within your day can not only make you happier, but it can also help your job performance. Are you working too many hours and finding yourself getting burnt out? Try to strike that balance between getting your work done and being able to enjoy your down time. This might involve delegating and moving around priorities, but the more satisfied you are as a person, the better you will be as an employee, too.

Improving your job performance doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul. By simply making these tweaks to your work day, you will see improvement in your work and will have a successful Self-Improvement September!

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