If you are lucky enough to have found a job that you love, then you will want to make sure you continue to do well. You have worked hard to get where you are, and you want to do a good job for your customers; you also want to continue to progress. However, there is more to staying at the top of your career than just working hard; you should also be willing to learn from others and take care of yourself. Here are some of the ways you can continue to build on your career.
Only Take on What You Can Do
Some people are eager to keep doing the best they can, but they sometimes confuse that with taking on lots of work. You need to be able to pace yourself and learn to say no or to delegate to others. If you take on more work than you can easily cope with, then your standards might drop to get them done. That will affect the quality of your work, and your customers will see that. It can be a problem for those who work for themselves because they are afraid to say no to new clients, but they have no-one to delegate the work too if it gets too busy.
Stay Within Your Area of Expertise
In the same way that you might take on too much work, you can sometimes be tempted to do something a little out of your field. It might seem like an easy assignment to do, but will you be able to give it the knowledge and experience that it needs? In business, especially when working for yourself, you are judged by your work, so you don’t want to take on something that you cannot be sure is totally accurate. Many customers will respect you a lot more if you say that it isn’t in your area of expertise. You may even know someone that can take it on for them.
Keep an Eye on Your Trends in Your Business Area
Business is changing all the time, and the same applies to your work. For example, if you are a solicitor, then there will always be changes or new practices that you need to know. Although it might seem like a waste of time to read everything about your job, it can help you to stay relevant in your field, and knowledgeable about the cases people are working at the time. In particular, there may be changes in the law regarding your work that you need to know, so it is better to be prepared. It also applies to the law surrounding your profession. For example, if you are an accountant, then you need to make sure you know the Illinois CPA requirements or those in your state, so you know what you have to do to keep your license up to date.
As well as keeping up to date with the news, you should also allow yourself time to read about others in your field such as competitors or people new to the business. They may well have an insight into something that you were not aware of, so it can be a valuable learning tool. If you are finding that your work is starting to slow down, this is the best time to read about what others are doing. It can help you discover whether this is happening to everyone in this area or just you. If it is just you, then what are the others doing that you are not?
Attend Trade Shows and Events
Sometimes you can be so busy that you feel out of touch with others in your field, especially if you are working for yourself. So, take some time out to visit trade shows and events relative to your profession. Not only will you be able to see new ideas, but you will also be able to meet others and create contacts that may come in useful later. Before you attend, try to look at the schedule to see what parts interest you, that will allow you to plan your day effectively and hopefully see everything you want to see.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Nobody knows everything about their job, and although you may have a lot of experience, there could be things crop up that you haven’t seen before. Instead of trying to muddle through it, or taking your best guess, try to seek help from someone you trust in your profession. Those that are the most successful always keep learning and will ask for help if they need it. You will build a much better reputation with your customers and your peers if you admit that you don’t know something, but are willing to find out.
Try to Stay Healthy
There is more to being at the top of your game than just knowing your job and working hard. You also need to be physically and mentally sharp, or your work could suffer as a result. Make sure you get time to rest, don’t keep working all day and into the evening. Set yourself a timetable for when you will work and when you don’t and try to stick to it. You will find that you are more productive if you have a routine. Another important area is sleep; you need to get enough sleep to stay focused on the tasks at hand, if you are always tired, then you can make mistakes. Stress can be another big problem when it comes to doing your best work. There will always be some stress, though if you find it is becoming too much, you should try to take some time off to recover.
These are some of the ways you can keep yourself at the top of your profession without cutting corners. If you can get the balance right between work and rest, then you will be happier and better at your job.
About: Dan Cormac knows how to make his money go further. A freelance financial journalist, Dan is passionate about personal finance. Whether you hope to escape the chains of debt, to save for a house, or to retire within a decade, Dan explores the most effective ways you can achieve your financial goals.