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May 11, 2018

Are You Turning Up For Work Or For A Career?

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This post is a Contributor written post.

If you’re a firm believer in living the best and fullest life you possibly can, then you need to take how you spend your time seriously. One huge chunk of time that a lot of us simply aren’t as engaged in as we should be is the work we do. If you’re showing up to work only  to clock in and clock out for the sake of payday. Eventually you will become dissatisfied even if you love your career. Here is how to start thinking more about your career and being more engaged in the work you do.

Always be prepared
Resourcefulness directly feeds into engagement in the workplace. If you don’t have what you need to turn up, do your work, and be professional, you aren’t going to feel like you are putting your all into your work. Whether this means ensuring you’re always stocked in Uniforms & Scrubs, have the stationery you need, or that your desk is neat and organized, starting the day right can make it go much better. In the same vein, try to give yourself a little more time in the morning so you can relax, prepare, and make your way to work without feeling rushed. If you start the day ill-prepared and stress, that will carry over into your work.

Know your goals
What are your goals in work? Even the most seemingly menial jobs can offer some level of personal and career development. Figure out what you want to do in the short-term and long-term. In the short-term, plan your time in detail and prioritize your workloads so you have a set idea of what tasks to accomplish within the work day and worry less about the tasks you know you can’t get done today. In the long-term, you want to figure out your purpose and get closer to that. Are you going to need to try to build skills to take the next step in your career, or do you want to impress bosses and become a more treasured member of the team by excelling within your current project?

Congratulate and recognition
A very common issue in workplaces is a lack of recognition, good and bad, on your work so far. This is the manager’s responsibility, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it too. When you do good and meet your goals, make a note of it and celebrate it when you get home. Failing to acknowledge success can make it feel like you haven’t really accomplished it, which can kill your will to keep working. Failure isn’t something that should be hastily ignored when it happens, either. As Inc states, reflecting on what went wrong and what you can improve is key to your development. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself about your failures.

Of course, if there is an engagement problem at work, it might be that you don’t like your role or your career path as much as you thought you did. If that is the case, be honest with yourself and ask what you really want to see yourself doing in five years. You can start building the skills and the path to that career but procrastinating on it will only make it more difficult.

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