When you’re a busy executive or professional, your productivity is everything (Or so it seems). Managing your personal and professional life effectively takes time and work, and having a little extra support might be in your best interest.
If you’re feeling less productive lately, it’s not the time to blame yourself. Many Americans who lead busy lives feel the same way, the same pressure to perform and achieve and succeed. For this to become balanced, It’s important to find a sense of meaning in your work, and develop insight to know where to focus your energy.
What Causes Low Performance
Why do we go through slumps? There are many reasons why our productivity falls, but the good news is that there are simple steps you can take to achieve more in your daily life without taking a toll on your mental or physical health. It may be simple to understand why these steps will increase productivity, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to implement.
Creating a Holistic Plan
When it becomes difficult to get started on an exercise regime or a dietary plan, you might consider getting support. I can help you set yourself up for success by co-creating a plan you can follow to improve your health and give yourself the confidence boost, nutrition, sleep, and exercise plan you’ll need to thrive in your career and throughout life.
Reasons for Poor Work Performance
When someone isn’t performing their best at work, it’s usually due to one of the reasons below.
Lack of skills
Odds are this isn’t you. But if it is, take the reins of your career and seek the support and resources you need to develop your skills and be successful. For those of you struggling with “Imposter syndrome”, practice confidence-boosting strategies.
If you have issues outside your workplace, like family, health, or relationship troubles, your productivity will suffer. The best course of action is to seek support from someone who can help you overcome your personal challenges.
The job isn’t right for you
Sometimes, you feel unfulfilled and it’s not your fault. There’s simply a disconnect between you and your job. The best course of action here is to find a job that actually brings meaning to your life or explore whether a side-job or hobby can bring the excitement you’re looking for.
You feel ignored
If you feel slighted at work, as if your boss or employer aren’t noticing the hard work you’re putting in, or they simply favor other employees, then it might be time to practice some assertiveness or re-evaluate if the job is right for you.
You don’t get along with your colleagues
It’s tough to work in a place where you don’t get along with your coworkers. Maybe it’s a mismatch in values or shared experiences, maybe it’s cultural differences. At the end of the day, people work best when they can collaborate efficiently, and if you feel you are not getting along with your colleagues you might benefit from developing your communication skills.
Your job isn’t challenging enough
If you’re bored, ask for more responsibilities. You don’t want to stagnate in a position that’s not demanding of your attention or abilities.
Lack of motivation
Whether you’ve lost the passion you once had for your business, or you find yourself at odds with your company’s new direction, lack of motivation may be a sign that something is off. This can also be a symptom of a mood disorder such as depression and you may benefit from a psychological evaluation.
Perfectionism or procrastination
These are two sides of the same coin when it comes to performance in the workplace. Fear of turning anything in because it isn’t “perfect” limits you professionally much in the same way as waiting to begin an important task until you’ve been effectively “inspired”.
Productivity & Sleep
Sleep and productivity exist in a paradoxical loop. Good sleep increases productivity, but work overload causes poor sleep. In other words, there’s a delicate balance between sleep and productivity.
How to Improve Work Performance
When you feel your productivity falling, it can often be a result of social or psychological issues you are facing (without your knowledge).
Improve Communication Skills
Sometimes people feel like they don’t get along with their coworkers, or they have trouble getting their point across in meetings or in one-on-one conversations. The best to tackle this issue is to develop communication skills that will help you effectively communicate your thoughts and avoid miscommunication that might make you feel out of place in an otherwise perfect work environment.
Self-confidence is another important aspect of productivity. When you feel like you know what you are doing and that you are good at your job, you’ll perform much better without all the worry and anxiety that comes with the fear of not delivering. With the right support, you can stop comparing yourself to others and perform your own best.
Get to know your strengths and your weaknesses. That way, you’ll know when you can challenge yourself and when you might need some extra support. Either way, you’ll be completing your job and increasing your productivity without feeling stressed or on edge. As Aristotle said: knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.