It’s not really easy to convince our boss to give us a promotion and a raise if we’re not being productive at work, right? So before you ask for a raise, why not work on improving your productivity first? Here are some tips that can help:
- Don’t skip breakfast. Pushing yourself to be more productive at work starts even before you get to the workplace and that is by eating a healthy breakfast. Without it, you’re more likely to be forgetful, irritable, and less focused at work.
- Go offline. You have to admit that the Internet offers a lot of convenience. But it’s also true that having the Internet available at any time can prove to be a massive distraction. You check your email, and soon you’re spending too much time reading unimportant messages and crafting your replies. If you go online to do some research, you might end up clicking various interesting tidbits that have nothing to do with your work. And of course, you may be tempted to check your Facebook and Instagram accounts and pretty soon, 2 hours have passed and you’ve done zero work. Don’t be tempted to do unimportant stuff while you’re at work. So as much as possible, keep your gadgets in your desk drawer and try not to check your emails unless absolutely necessary.
- Learn a New Skill. If you want to stay competitive, you need to continue your education. So on your free time, aim to improve yourself by learning a new skill that can make you a greater asset for your company. Having such skills will make you more worthy of a promotion and a raise. If your company offers seminars, sign up for them. The leadership training can do you good, and it also shows your team spirit and your commitment to help the business. Besides, it can dispel your boredom. One good way to start is to learn Spanish. It’s extremely useful even for your personal life too
- Join in company activities. Lots of companies have social activities like charity events, neighborhood activities, or just social gatherings for workers. Again, this can help you fight off boredom because it’s something new. It also demonstrates your team spirit. And it helps you to network and build relationships with other people in your company. This is called networking. Remember, when it comes to career upward mobility, it’s also about who you know instead of just what you know.
- Take a break every once in a while. Burning yourself out will simply decrease your productivity. Don’t work during your lunch break and take a day off at least once a week. Every year, have a week off. These are meant to give your mind and body a rest, so you can recharge and work more productively when you get back.