Are you unhappy with your professional life? It’s up to you to turn it all around! Nobody is going to walk up to you and offer you a promotion or a new job if you’re not actively trying to improve as a person and at work. Making your professional life do a 180 is about so much more than putting together a high quality resume. Read on for some tips that should give this area of your life a real shake up!
Focus On Creating A Better Lifestyle
The first thing to do is create an overall better lifestyle. A great lifestyle will improve every area of your life, not just your professional life! Start by developing an amazing morning routine. A great morning routine is something that the majority of successful people have, and is the perfect way to start your day. It’s all down to the individual too; some like to start their day with a coffee and their book, and some like to start it by doing some light exercise or yoga. Getting up an hour or two earlier to do these things will make you feel far more productive and relaxed throughout the rest of the day. If you start it off rushed, that is how it will go for the rest of the day! Doing something as simple as making your bed every single morning is another thing that instills discipline, and can help you in other areas of your life. If you want to learn more about how developing an amazing morning routine can have incredible effects on your life, then read ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod. It will open your eyes and help you to see how awesome this is!
Make sure you improve your life by cutting out negative people. These people tend to suck the energy out of you and bring you down. The more positive people you have in your life, the better! It can be difficult to cut ties with people you’ve known for a long time, but knowing your self-worth is crucial too. If you’re in one-sided relationships, they will be affecting you negatively in all kinds of ways.
Ensure you get plenty of sleep every night. Aim for 7-9 hours, depending on what you think you personally need. Bear in mind that having too much can be just as bad as having too little. Go to the bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every morning. Do this even on weekends. It’s the only way you can get into a good routine.
Eat right and exercise throughout the day, as this will give you a healthier body and mind. Eating right will help you to have a more clear, focused mind. Exercise, especially in the morning before you go to work, will ensure you stay focused and productive. You don’t have to worry about doing it afterwards then, either! Of course exercising really hard every day isn’t recommended, and you’re allowed a treat once in a while. Just bear in mind that living healthily at least 80% of the time will improve your life.
Meditation is like exercise for the brain. There are a ton of benefits to this practice, such as more creativity and a happier mood in general. Spend more time outside too; unplug from all of your electrical devices every once in awhile.
Spend Time With People You Want To Be Like
Cutting out negative people may not be enough to get you to where you want to be. Spending time with people you want to be like can be one of the most effective ways to improve your professional life. See if you can connect with the people you admire! We become like the people we spend the most time with, so if you’re spending time with people who are business minded and lift you up, you could be well on your way to turning it all around!
Improve Your Professional Image
Make sure you work on improving your professional image too. You want to look the part, so wear clothes that make you feel good and productive, as well as fit in with your working environment. They can seriously impact your mood!
Make sure you work on your timekeeping too. Being on time is essential, and it can look pretty bad if you don’t make an effort. Watch your body language at work too; you want to look open, friendly, and professional. Crossing your arms and things can make you appear cold and unwilling to co-operate. Watch your posture too. Not only can standing and sitting up straight clear your head and make you more productive, it will make you look better too!
Change Your Mindset
Observe your mindset and really challenge any deeply held beliefs you have about yourself professionally and personally. They can greatly hold you back in different areas of your life. You can use different techniques to help you change your mindset and your beliefs, such as EFT. This is the ‘Emotional Freedom Technique’, and uses pressure points on the body to help reprogram your subconscious! It may seem strange, but many people swear by it.
The more your read, the more you know! There are a ton of self development books out there, and books that can help you to become a better employee or entrepreneur. Reading in the morning before you start your day ensures you have an uninterrupted time to learn and take new things in each day. It’s a good idea to highlight the passages you want to remember so you can come back to them when you feel you need to!
Watch YouTube for Free Seminars And Advice
The internet is a wonderful place for free advice. You can use YouTube, and channels such as TedTalks for amazing seminars and advice on a variety of subjects. Some of these people can really open your eyes!
Look At Workshops And Courses That Could Help You
Look into workshops and courses that could help you to develop. Spending a little time developing in your own time can really help you. There are workshops that can help with things like emotional intelligence in the workplace, and even working together as a team. Team building can be a great way to create a stronger team in the workplace, so it could be something worth mentioning to your boss if they may be open to it.
Start Using Social Media
Some social media sites can be great to help you develop your professional life. There’s LinkedIn, which is a great way to make connections with people in your industry and share what you can do. However, you can use other sites for this too.
Make Snap Decisions
You might think that snap decisions can lead to irrational thinking, but it’s quite the opposite. If you spend a long time thinking about what to wear or what to eat for lunch, stop. Instead, vow to start making snap decisions and just live with what you’ve decided. There’s no real way this can be ‘wrong’ or impact you too negatively, and it’ll save you mental energy in the long-run. Taking too long with these kinds of decisions can deplete you!
Multitasking can make people think that they’re getting more done, but in reality, the quality of work is compromised. Make sure you avoid distractions like email, as this can be one of the biggest distractions. Have a set time to check it and respond to people, as breaking away from work for these things will really affect how much you get done. Studies prove we work much better when focusing on a single task.
Get A Mentor
If you really want to invest in your professional life, a business mentor can help you in a number of areas. You could even invest in a life coach, who may focus on other areas that directly/indirectly affect your professional life. Somebody like this can offer new perspective and insight. They can come up with lots of self development ideas and help you in developing skills and talent too.
Make Sure You’re Taking Downtime
Although you want to improve your professional life, you also need to be sure that you’re taking downtime. This is crucial for a healthy work-life balance. Taking breaks will help you to re-energize. If you don’t, your stress levels will increase and your productivity levels will decline. You may feel like working more will help you, but taking downtime is so important. You want to be working smarter, not harder.
Start using these tips as soon as possible if you want to make your professional life do a 180. Take it one step at a time if you can, as trying to do too much at once will just be overwhelming. Choose to focus on developing one new habit at a time, and don’t start on something else until you’ve got the hang of it. These things take time, but will get you the best results in the long run!