Once you begin the career that’s right for you, your goal is to further hone your skills and become the best you can be. Now that you’re in the right spot, it’s time to really cement that foundation. You want to stand out, to be an example to your colleagues, and someone who is successful in business is always one step ahead. If your goal is to excel in your career, to be the version of yourself you’ve always wanted to be, you’re in the right place. We’ve collectedseven tips on how to improve your performance at work.

1. Enjoy Your Workspace

You shouldn’t dread returning to your work environment as you fall asleep each night. Instead, it should always have positive associations. Don’t let your workspace become cluttered or unpleasing to you. Instead, lay it out in a way that will make you happy and inspire productivity.

2. Request Feedback

A humble attitude is always a sign that someone truly cares about their performance and how they can grow. Openness to constructive criticism is already a positive sign to colleagues, but requesting it is even better. The ability to recognize your blind spots and open yourself up for growth is sure to pave the way to a lucrative career.

3. Recognize Your Strengths

While willingness to improve is extremely important, so is knowing where you excel. If you become too harsh on yourself and only concentrate on what you’re doing wrong, you’ll find your productivity will plummet. You’re where you are for a reason—you’re good at what you do. Know your strengths and use them strategically.

4. Minimize Distractions

You want to phase out anything that takes your attention away from your workflow. Nothing throws off your productivity like a social media notification or an email you justcan’tignore. Remove anything that will distract you from your workspace. If you listen to music, allow yourself headphones, but don’t touch the phone. When you go to meetings or conduct research, takehandwritten notesand transcribe them to your computer at a more appropriate juncture.

5. Take Breaks

As stated above, it’s important to stay on task, however, breaks are essential to a strong performance. You need time to rest both your eyes and your mind. Take a short walk, eat a healthy snack, or catch up with your coworkers. This will give you a clear mind and productive thoughts when you return to your work.

6. Communicate

Whether it’s positive or something that’s bothering you, communication is the best way to solve situations quickly. So long as it’s productive and helps improve the quality of work, feel free to share what works and what doesn’t. Additionally, if someone does something good, let them know. The positive affirmation will help them perform better, and they’ll recognize your successes as well. Teamwork is the oil that keeps a successful business operating smoothly.

7. Be Honest

This one is difficult in certain situations, but it’s extremely important to let someone know if you struggle with something or part of a procedure doesn’t work for you. If there’s something going on in your personal life that affects your professional one, let your boss know that you’re dealing with some personal matters, so they’ll understand your process. Honestly goes a long way to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...