If you are ready to take your career to a new level, there are a few things that you should start doing become a better employee now. Here are some suggestions:

  • Increase Productivity Through Focused Action
    Instead of being “busy” all the time, make sure that you are filling your time with tasks that will be beneficial for the company. For example, you can stay busy by checking your email every 15 minutes, but this type of task isn’t an actionable item that will boost revenue for the company.Put together an effective to-do list by writing down tasks that will help you move forward in your goals and things that will help you make measurable progress on your current projects. Make these to-do list items a priority in your work day, because taking action on your to-do list will naturally decrease the low-priority tasks.
  • Change Your Bedtime and Morning Routine
    If you are the employee who is constantly dragging into the office late every morning, then you are creating a situation where everyone else is always waiting on you. Getting up in the morning starts with your efforts the night before. Set a good bedtime routine to ensure that you are getting enough sleep at night, and have healthy morning habits that start your day right.Your mornings should be productive before you walk out the door, because your morning routine will set the tone for the rest of your day. Basic hygiene tasks are important, and you should also focus on activities that will boost you mentally and emotionally as well. Morning exercise is a great option to get your blood flowing and help you feel ready to conquer the day.
  • Overcome Procrastination
    It is easy to procrastinate, especially when you have tasks that you are dreading. But, overcoming procrastination is one of the best ways to improve your productivity and increase your value to the company.One of the best things that you can do to overcome procrastination is by tackling the most uncomfortable task first thing in the morning. By getting it out of the way, the rest of the day will feel much more pleasant and you will have built momentum that propels you through the rest of the day.
  • Take Small Breaks Throughout the Day
    It might seem counter-intuitive to take more breaks if you are trying to be a better employee. But, it is possible to boost productivity by taking small breaks to split up the workday. Step away from your desk for a few minutes to stretch your legs, get a drink of water, and socialize, and it will help to get your creative juices flowing.Many people find that powering through the workday without any breaks causes them to feel tired and unmotivated. If you are starting to “hit a wall,” then step away from the project for a little while. You will come back from the break feeling refreshed and your efforts will be more productive.


By implementing these suggestions, you can be a better employee this year and potentially get the promotion or raise that you are aiming for. These suggestions will increase your productivity, and you will experience better levels of success in your career.

Written: January 2015