From a young age we strive for independence looking and learning ways to do things for ourselves.
We challenge our abilities and the restrictions we have around us, testing boundaries and authority until we reach our limits and accept that we may need a little longer to learn.
What we are really looking for is the opportunity to:
- show what we can do;
- to be recognised for our abilities great or small; and
- to be encouraged to learn & grow by those around us that are more experienced in life skills.
Spending time understanding the business you are working for and how your role contributes to the greater goals will help you mentally prepare a plan for yourself.
Think about what you are good at, what you enjoy doing, what gets you out of bed in the morning and then overlay the business direction. This will help, in addition to you fulfilling you job description to identify areas where you can add your individuality to your role.
Plan your day according to your motivation. Think about what Monday morning feels like to you. How can you ensure you hit the ground running, look at your key tasks and schedule them throughout your week so that you are 100% confidence that you will hit your performance KPIs if you run to this schedule and that you will be focused at the right times.
- Is Friday afternoon the right time to be expecting that you will make 10 cold calls?
- Is Monday morning the right time to be placing ads?
- Are you more focused after a walk around the block at lunch time?
- Time to learn, schedule a focused training hour each week or fortnight?
Chances are we devote more time to developing our weaknesses than our strengths. Knowing yourself, understanding what you are great at and your opportunities to improve whilst planning your time for yourself to be most productive are a winning combination.
I recommend reading Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath as a great start.