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Top 5 Tell-Tale Signs That Show You Have Problems Prioritizing Work

December 29, 2015

Are you among the ones who sends emails to bosses and colleagues at odd hours, to show that you’re dedicated and working almost all hours of the day. Or do you have some of your co-workers who stay back late after office hours, because they want to look like they are working extremely hard and to impress bosses. Trust me; this trick never works with the top management.

For what’s important to companies today is productive workforce with good sense of time management and discipline. Lack of these, is not going to win your next promotion only because you stay back late. This indirectly proves your incapability to manage the work load assigned within the stipulated time frame.

While you might not realise, but forming such habits of working extra hours or replying to emails at odd times just proves a point to your bosses, that you have issue prioritising work and also negotiating work load at the onset. Here are some subtle hints on poor prioritising that you send to your bosses, which can have larger impact on prospects for career growth within the organisation. Stay cautious of these five tell-tale signs that reveal the real you:

  1. Your inability to deliver projects and tasks within deadline set. If projects of urgent importance that needs to be completed within a specific timeline is incomplete, or the ones delivered are not of superior quality, then it can get your boss thinking on if you should be given more responsible positions and job roles to handle in future or not. It is absolutely clear to your boss that you have trouble prioritising daily work.
  2. Not allotting time for specific important tasks to be accomplished every work day. If you’re staying back often to complete work post office hours, your office colleagues might soon form an impression that you do not prioritise work for the day. Sometimes decision that impact a busy working day and postpone the tasks for today to be done tomorrow, can actually make your bosses irate. If you do not want to look bad and have a harder time earning the much deserved promotion, then it’s time to pull up your sleeves and start working.

See: Dealing with Ruthless Priorities and Guilt: Negotiating Workload

  1. Try to manage time between meetings and breaks to take control of your work load. This could mean going off social internet networks for a time, or even if Internet if not required for task completion. Focus on the tasks on hand, which could mean “closed doors”, do not disturb signs, no telephone calls or clearly blocking off calendar, do all it takes to not stay back late. Despite these efforts, there are times when talkative co-workers and ineffective meetings consume major part of the day, thus making you to stay back late. Do not allow such interruptions to impact your productivity.
  2. You miss family and personal commitments for work events. If you’re working for a boss, who demands this, then am sorry you are stuck. It is time for you to move and start looking a place that treats employees with respect to value their private space and time. Major global MNCs are now beginning to realise that employees who maintain an effective work-life balance are more productive, than those who stay put at their desks all day. This leads to chances of early burnout at work. Take time for rejuvenation, enter work arena with renewed spirit, make an impactful performance to boost productivity and output, and then choose to retire on time, so that you can make consistent lifestyle changes for healthy happy life.
  3. Do you attend duties when you are sick, only to make a point to your bosses that you love your job and think your co-workers cannot handle it for you? On the other side of the spectrum there are also people who complain that their boss expects them to turn up at work, even when they are sick. If so is the case, then my dear friend, it is time you give a careful thought to longevity in your career by choosing a healthy life. Also, especially when you’re sick you’re much less productive at work, so it makes no real sense for you to turn up and create a gloomy environment at work. In case the virus is contagious, your colleagues might also contract the same. So stay confined to your home, take good care of yourself, rest better and return when you can work more constructively. Your health should always be your priority over a job.

While you might have paid little attention to these things, giving subtle signs to your employers and bosses – the perception built through years of commitment and dedication needs to be maintained.

If you do not manage your personal time and work priorities, then you will have to bear with the consequences. Think before you act at work and try amending approaches to healthy personal life and career.

 Also read: How to Balance Workload during the Holiday Season?

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