Micro-Steps To Self Improvement

Sometimes big changes can be daunting. We often wait for annual reviews or a big talk with the boss to really gauge our performance. But small is often best, and that includes making micro-steps to improve your work and life.

What micro-steps can you take in your work and life to support self-improvement?

Ultimately, every business wants their employees to be productive. Productivity encourages growth and improves the work environment and culture. To maintain this growth and success, it’s important to continually integrate simple steps that will encourage employees to improve not only their work performance but their outlook on life.

Here are some micro-steps you can incorporate into your work day to empower you to maximise your individual performance:

  1. Set clear milestones. Break your big projects into smaller chunks and set your goals accordingly. Setting small, clear goals can help you stay motivated and keep your energy levels up.

  2. Plan, plan, plan! Make a list of tasks or activities you have for the day. Establish due dates and priority statuses for each one. This will help you understand the difference between ‘urgent’ and ‘important’ and keeps you adaptable.

  3. Get rid of distractions. Turn off distractions during work hours (phone, social media, office chats etc). Also, learn to say ‘no’ when necessary. Say ‘no’ to anything or anyone that risks interrupting your day.

  4. Finish what you start. Don’t form the habit of leaving tasks or projects unfinished. Instead, ensure that your tasks reach the last stage. Make it a habit to reward yourself whenever you complete a task. This boosts work performance and you’ll always have something to look forward to.

  5. Don’t multitask. Multitasking compromises the quality of your work. Prioritise which tasks need immediate attention first and focus entirely on it. Working on one task at a time makes you feel less stressed and less prone to making mistakes.

  6. Get more sleep. Establish a routine every night before going to bed. Set a time to turn off your TV and put down your phone. Getting more sleep means more energy and productivity levels for the next day.

  7. Change your eating habits. Add productivity-boosting foods to your diet such as berries, eggs, broccoli and fatty fish. These foods help facilitate focus, making them perfect for productivity.

  8. Find ‘me time’. Giving yourself downtime is critical to professional development. Without it, stress and burn out levels increase and productivity declines. Schedule time away from the office to re-energise, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

By incorporating these small steps into your life, you’re one step closer to achieving better performance and better wellbeing. Start adding these small steps into your lifestyle and enjoy the positive impact.