It’s a rainy Monday morning.
You just stepped into the office but you’re already making mental notes on when you should leave. It’s one of those days where you have zero motivation level and no amount of caffeine could make up for it. You know it’s not a good feeling but it’s just one of those “Meh” days. Your head is spinning with a list of items you need to get done by today but your heart is just not there.
Surely you don’t want to be stuck in this self-fulfilling prophecy, right?
Worry not. Here are three ways on how you can be a better version of yourself at your workplace:
(1) Find Your Role in The Bigger Picture
This is the rule of thumb. HAVE A PURPOSE in whatever you do in life, even at your workplace. No matter how big or small your company is, you are there for a reason.
You might think your work does not matter or you might feel like you’re not contributing enough. But yes you are! You just need to think of the bigger picture.
Your company is a car while your boss/supervisor is the driver. You are part of the car’s components that aid both the car and driver to steer forward into the right direction.
You might think you’re only a small screw in the bigger system, but you are equally important. The car can still move but the quality of the ride will not be the same without you in it.
Always remember this. You are worth it. Your role — no matter how little you think it is — it does contribute to the bigger picture. Having this in mind will keep you grounded and motivated all the time. As the saying goes, you reap what you sow. This mindset change will create a ripple effect to the work you produce.
(2) Progress VS Movement
These two words are similar yet different.
Well, movement is not progress while progress is also not movement. Many people get confused with these two terms.
As employees, we need to ensure that whatever movement we make will echo our progress towards the end goal.
Again, let’s use the car analogy as before.
A car’s movement might not necessarily mean progress. Maybe it’s just moving around the parking lot in an endless circle.
Say, you want to go to Johor and thus, the end goal is to reach Johor safe and sound. However, upon starting the car’s engine (this is consider as movement as you have taken the first step to turn on the key), you did not press the pedal to start driving. The engine is on yet the car is not moving. So, there is no progress towards getting to Johor, only the engine is on. This shows movement without any progress.
This is how we are at our workplace.
Some days, our to-do lists are higher than the Himalayas and we ambitiously think we are able to tackle everything at one go.
STOP. Take a step back and reflect on what’s vital and what’s not. Not everything on the list leads to progress, some might just be small, mere movements that does not equate to the end goal you had in mind.
Everyday, organise your to-do list according to their importance and difficulty level. It is better to get a task done that is less complex yet impactful rather than completing a complex yet trivial matter in your office.
Prioritise what matters most today and maximise those movement to signify progress for the company.
(3) Be A Rubber Band
There are always days where challenges at work are too much for us to handle.We melt into a puddle of mess because KPIs are not reached and we fail to meet our employer’s expectations. Unfortunately, those are external matters we have no direct control of.
The only thing we can control is how we act upon it.
It’s not the end of the world as these things are normal. Instead of internalising negative feelings, which will only eat us up, let’s internalise something else.
Let’s be a rubber band!
Let’s embody the principle behind a rubber band’s existence. Generally, rubber bands are resistant to any changes. No matter how they’re pulled apart, it will always go back to its original form either forcefully or gently depending on how hard it was stretched in the beginning.
Yes, let’s be a rubber band. Every time someone/something tries to stretch us beyond our limits, let’s bounce back into shape. We do not bend and snap like twigs, rather we should find resilience when tested beyond our limits.
Whatever life throws at us, just bounce back 10 times harder and tougher. Now, that’s the spirit, ay!
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