Ways to Improve Your Work Ethic

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by Benjamin Ard on Aug 30, 2013

Summer time is often a time to slack off a bit and take a break. Although school maybe out, work isn't. Make sure you keep a positive work ethic throughout the year.

Summertime is known for killing work ethics. Working when you could be playing can be extremely demotivating. Now that summer breaks are coming to end and the only vacation planning you’re doing is for the cold month of December, it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone again. You need your work ethic back. Here’s what you can work on.

Plan

Plan your days. Don’t let them take you by surprise. Make goals for what you’ll accomplish every day, and write them down in a calendar. Give yourself enough time to complete a project and even consider spreading longer projects over multiple days to keep up with your other work.

Carefully plan your days and only rearrange those items when necessity demands.

Set Deadlines

When you say you’ll do something, set a deadline that you could accomplish it by. Meet that deadline. Write it into your schedule and make adjustments accordingly.

A deadline gives your task a priority level. If you build up a lot of tasks without setting priority to them, you often find yourself (1) overwhelmed with a lot of important things to get done, and (2) unable to get anything done in a timely manner. Some things will always fall behind. Just don’t let them be the things that need to get done most.

Commit

Now that you have a plan and deadlines to work with, don’t let them go to waste. Commit yourself to every task. You’ll quickly learn what you can actually commit to and what you shouldn’t. You’ll also get the things done that you say you will in a timely manner. That’s what your boss can work with.

These three ideas will help you improve your work ethic as the fall begins to set in. Become the model employee your boss could count on. That could get you a promotion one day.

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