Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to Be a Hard Worker

Being a hard worker doesn't come naturally. The qualities and characteristics that are associated with good workers are those of consistency and perseverance. Though some might have a predisposition to these traits, it is only through effort and dedication that you can fully mature into a hard worker making full use of your potential.

1.Train optimism in yourself. By learning to be optimistic, the extra effort you need to put in to become a hard worker will become less severe. Optimists see negative occurrences as short lived and narrowly focused events. Adopt the explanatory style of the optimist to help yourself view both good and bad events in a more optimistic light.
  • Describe negative events, like a difficult presentation, in its positive light. For example, instead of complaining about responsibility, you could celebrate it as a chance to show your dedication and work ethic to your boss.
  • Describe positive things in your life as permanent and everyday. This will help you feel encouraged as you try to step up your game at work.
  • Optimists have also been found to score more highly on tests designed to gauge luck and self-perception. The higher your self-perception, the more likely you'll be able to shore up weak points in your life

2.Identify and oppose irrational thoughts. Notice when you see only the worst possible outcomes (catastrophizing), minimize your own good attributes and contributions, or any "all or nothing" thinking. Small successes are no less of a success, and you should allow yourself to feel pride at your accomplishment.

3.Re-frame problems as lessons. Positive re-framing will reinforce the positive aspects of your situation and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.[4] This will also encourage you to approach the situation with a more open minded perspective. Open mindedness will facilitate problem solving, and a sense of having your work situation in hand will contribute to peace of mind, making your work easier in the long run.

4.Don't multi-task. Much research has recently shown that no matter how good of a multi-tasker you think you are, there are some serious downsides to performing many tasks at once.[5]
  • Multi-tasking impairs your overall performance, so that even if you feel like you are accomplishing a lot, you really might be missing out on important information and cues.
  • Constantly being distracted with many tasks can leave the problem solving and creative parts of your brain unable to function optimally.
5.Maximize potential and improve weaknesses. Avoid minimizing your successes, no matter how minor, and identify areas in which you would like to improve.
  • Further improve your strengths by joining seminars, classes, and take on roles in the community that utilize your abilities.
  • Weaknesses can be addressed by interrupting negative thought patterns by doing something else, like taking a walk, admitting your humanity and the impossibility of true perfection, and by finding a mentor to provide guidance and support.
  • Make specific changes to help yourself be accountable. You might ask your manager to speak about performance related issues privately in the event you are shy.


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