The Killer Employees do’s and don’ts

There are people we see everyday who are simple ridiculously efficient with everything they do.
There are people we see everyday who are simple ridiculously efficient with everything they do. It is possible to be like these people. Do you want to want to be financially free? Do you desire to become physically fit and in great shape? We all want our dreams to become reality. But our dreams will mostly likely remain just dreams if we are not able to work for what we want to accomplish. Follow some simple advise we’ve collected over the Internet as well as reading countless interviews to gather the best practices that can be commonly found and are represented by the most effective employees across wide section of businesses

The best employees are positive and enthusiastic about what they do. Sometimes it’s just the question of finding yourself in the right type of job to make a huge change in your personal effectiveness. We are all motivated by different things. ome of us are motivated by accomplishment, love, or obtaining a certain lifestyle. Lock on to what motivates you and focus on it regularly. Best employees tend to believe that our thoughts control our actions. Thinking positively is a step towards getting more done and taking those positive actions. Best employees are brave and upfront, many of them tend to believe that “doing” is the best way to get the results they want.

The best employees prepare their work to-do list one day ahead. Arguably many people agree that the best time to prepare for the upcoming day is one night before. You can generally prepare for the day in the morning, however the very best do that at the end of the day to avoid having to clash their todo lists with the requirements that emerge during morning catch ups and meetings. Preparing a todo list one night before also helps some of the people to sleep better not having to worry what is upcoming the next day.

The very best employees have a very good sleep hygiene. Good night sleep affects concentration level, and therefore, your productivity. You should generally get be getting a full night’s rest. Speaking of sleeping better .. Whatever your sweet spot is for a “good night’s rest,” strive to meet it every work night. Most health experts advise getting a minimum eight hours of shut-eye each night, however this might vary from person to person.

Avoid hitting snooze in the morning. Snoozing your alarm clock in the morning by five minutes, few times in the morning eats up time you have provided yourself for your morning preparation routine. We all love to sleep those five minutes more but that might lead to just adding more stress right in the morning. Anyone can make morning their most productive time. Don’t be tempted to setting the alarm clock earlier to compensate for the morning snooze. If you do sooner or later you’d end up confusing the time needed to get full night’s sleep. Wake up with the first alarm and eventually you’ll get to the point where you’re getting your seven to eight hours of sleep at night, you’re waking up with all your energy.

Do some exercise in the morning. It’s generally accepted that scheduling your exercise for the mornings instead of after work improves the way you feel at work throughout a day. It also means you will actually develop an exercise routine rather than failing behind on those tough days and having to face guilt that you’re not exercising. Employees who exercise in the morning generally tend to have better time-management skills, and an improved mental sharpness. Pay attention to nutrition. Food provides the fuel you’ll need to concentrate, and breakfast is particularly important since it recharges you after you’ve fasted all night.

Practice your morning ritual. Developing a morning routine that works for you help you get organised in the morning and alleviates stress levels in the morning. Morning routine might also mean setting aside some time for the exercise, meditation, things like reading the newspaper, or surfing the Web, whichever you prefer. Having a dedicated and organised time slot for doing that and cultivating your morning routine generally means you will avoid morning panics and actually get those important things done in the time provided rather than trying to play a catch up game with them throughout a day.

Be punctual with and arrive to the office on time. Getting to the office on time should be obvious and in general should be just a result of maintaining good morning routine, as well as having good night sleep and avoiding hitting snooze in the morning. If you’re not a new employee, then you’ve already figured out the length of your average commute and you can allocate safe amount of time to make it on schedule. Average workers in the UK now arrive to the office long before 09:00am. If you need to arrive early and you have to send your kids off to school in the morning, be sure all of their belongings are also prepared the night before. Lay out their outfits. Be sure their books are in book bags and sitting by the door.

Most effective employees check in with their boss and/or employees every morning. We all know the cliche about the whole only being as good as the sum of its parts. In other words, if your closest work associates aren’t productive, then neither are you. Good workers set priorities that align with their company’s goals, and they’re transparent about their progress. The best employees understand the “smell of the workplace” as well as their managers and are able to report progress to show that what they’re doing is really worth the money they’re being paid. Status reports should avoid any technical language and focus entirely on how what you’re doing aligns to the company’s goals.

Best employees get involved in the most important projects and they tackle the big projects first. You can dive right into work upon arriving in the office, since you made your to-do list the night before. Tackling the most difficult tasks early in the morning provide with the right morale throughout a day. Procrastination can only make your dread worse! Instead, take charge and decide to conquer that one big task you hate to do – and the rest of your day will be smooth sailing. If you were able to complete a difficult task before morning that means you already have a sense of progress and you gain the right attitude to move on to less difficult tasks without fear of under-delivering.

Try to avoid spending mornings in meetings. If you have any say on meeting times, schedule them in the afternoon. Let’s be honest — most of the meetings in medium and larger companies are not that engaging. Much of the work of an organization takes place when people talk with each other. But talking doesn’t always mean understanding. It doesn’t always mean agreeing. And it certainly doesn’t mean that action will result to move the company toward its goals. In fact, sometimes people spend more time talking past each other or talking at each other than talking with each other. Therefore you shouldn’t be spending your prime time in meetings.

It sometimes make sense to plan tighter to allot time for following up on messages. The best employees teach their peers the best time to contact them by responding to e-mails at fixed times during a day. Checking your email regularly during the day can be an effective way to keep your inbox at manageable levels. However, the constant interruption and distraction that comes from multitasking in this way can dramatically lower your productivity, and disrupt your ability to enter a state of flow when working on high value projects. It might mean that you check your messages every few hours or sometimes even once daily. Avoid mindless checking e-mail just to respond quickly to every potential message that might arrive in your inbox. Consider doing so at the top of each hour, to ensure that clients and colleagues receive prompt responses from you.

They take a mid-morning break. Get up and stretch your legs. Or stay seated and indulge in a little Internet surfing. According to most of the research available, it’s actually good to zone out on Facebook and Twitter or send a personal text message or two. It’s good to have some breaks as even the best employees cannot maintain constant levels of focus. It’s just not possible. Best employees make sure they look after their mental as well as physical health. Taking breaks, hydrating your body is particularly important during prolonged hours working in front of computer or giving presentation.

The best employees represent strong work ethics and respect their employer’s time. Worst-performing employees will find a way to waste time. The very best maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Be cordial and friendly to all staff in the company. Refrain from allowing your home life to spill over into your employment environment. Conversations should focus primarily on work related issues. Respect yourself and others, as well as what other employees contribute to the work environment.

The best employees commit to excellence, do their best and strive to do better. The most effective people work hard not only on getting things done but also on working hard on themselves and take time to “sharpen their saw” as well as challenging themselves and improving in the areas they know need improving. Committing to excellence means seeing the job through to the end. Excellence goes beyond just doing and the best employees tend to go the extra mile whenever necessary also to ensure that their verbal and written interactions with others are productive. Communication skills are an indispensable asset to any organization. Use empathy and self-control when diffusing disagreements.

Last but not least we’ve observed that the best employees are often a little different: quirky, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavour. At times it also means that quirky people can be perceived as difficult to work with especially in the teams built with many different personalities; however people who aren’t afraid to be different naturally stretch boundaries and challenge the status quo, and they often come up with the best ideas. The best employees represent all the best work ethics and productive qualities as well as some creativity even if they seem slightly odd, but in a really good way.