If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. Even if your role doesn’t explicitly tell you what level of autonomy you have, it’s vital you grab a hold of your career with both hands. Everybody wants to stand out and be recognized for their individual efforts. But you can’t sit on your hands waiting for others to clear the way for you. Making your work life better for yourself will enable you to work better, harder, longer and more comfortably. Taking charge of your own professional path by making small changes, you will show yourself to be more dedicated than those around you. Buying things that would allow you to retain a high level of focus for longer, keep your body from getting tired as quickly and generally staying more alert and fresh, will impress your boss. Eventually, your hard work and persistence will pay off in the form of promotion and professional recognition.
Happier and healthier eating
Working 8 hours is a long time when you think about it. In an average working day, you will be working for around 480 minutes almost non-stop. During this time, you will begin to feel slightly fatigued. Starting at 9 am, you will begin to yawn a little at around 3 or 4 pm. These final few hours before the workday is over is often called the golden mile by employers. This is when they focus on pushing through deals, finalizing tasks and achieving their goals for the day. And yet, it’s also the time of day whereby workers are slowing down and feeling physically tired. To stay happier and healthier at work, take a packed lunch with you instead of buying out.
Incremental eating will keep your energy reserves high all throughout the day. For your lunch, focus more on carbs to give you slow but consistent energy releases. Rice, pasta, potatoes and bread should be the mainstay of lunch. Between lunch and clocking off time, take pieces of fresh fruit, cut up into small snack size bites. Couple this snack with dark chocolate as this will give you a small dosage of caffeine. If you need to snack at any other time, nuts are a great way to consume natural and healthy oils. Pecans, almonds and hazelnuts are packed with ‘good cholesterol’ which regulates blood flow and keeps your heart healthy.
Taking care of your body
Do you stand and or walk around a lot at work? It’s not uncommon for people who work in manufacturing facilities, warehouse storage and many city-based marketers to be on their feet for the majority of the day. Especially in cities like London, marketing professionals will be walking mostly everywhere. Whether it’s across or down the street to meet with clients in a booking room, pitching to distributors a couple of blocks away or simply walking around the office, marketing specialists need to be seen in order to be heard. You stand and walk around a lot when you have jobs like working on the production line of an automobile factory. To keep your joints healthy, wear custom-made orthopaedic insoles in your shoes. Cushioning the ball of your foot, supporting your heel and allowing your toes to spread pressure evenly, insoles are a great and cost-effective way of taking care of your feet.
Speak up for yourself
Lacking confidence can ruin your career in so many ways. It’s a struggle that many people deal with every day. But it’s time to take hold of your professional destiny and speak up for yourself. It’s not as easy as saying to yourself, ‘be more assertive’. You have to stop being passive first. This includes staying quiet and nodding along during topics you find boring in the office. Work on mentally engaging with your colleagues and managers. Even things you don’t find interesting, challenge yourself by getting involved in the creative and problem-solving processes.
If you’re not ready to speak up in a crowded room, such as during meetings, you could inform your managers about a few things. Speak to them about things at work that work for you. Tell them you find certain tasks more enjoyable and which ones you feel you’re most talented at completing. Ask them for help with tasks you don’t like or find difficult. Managers want to know how they can get the absolute most out of each employee so don’t feel nervous.
Buying better clothing
Businesses don’t have the budget to give each employee exactly the kinds of equipment they want and this goes for clothing. If you work as a nurse in a hospital, you have free reign to buy the kind of scrubs you feel most comfortable in. Invest in a pair of modern scrubs from Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs for medical professionals. Their modern clothes are designed to fit snugly but still allow plenty of room for the fabric to breathe. Sharp and bold colors, there are different neck, arm and torso designs so you can choose the professional look you want.
If you work in a storage warehouse, most of the time, the company will charge you for your safety equipment. Usually, it’s used but in good condition. Rather than allow your employer to take money out of your paycheck, buy your own safety equipment so you get the fit and comfort level just right. Modern steel toe cap shoes provide greater padding and support for your foot and ankle. Buy the kind of shoe that would give you the least amount of pain after 8 hours of work.
If you’re a marketing professional who specializes in presentations to clients, customers and the media, invest in a new suit for the start of a new year. Get something new, rather than a blue suit, get a medium grey suit with an unorthodox tie. Be quirky and get yourself a waistcoat to go with it.
No one is going to push you to where you want to go in your professional life. Take more control of your work and invest in better clothing, equipment and a better diet. Speak up for yourself and stop being passive in discussions and meetings.