A few steps to be more productive and reliable in work environment

by Matus Klaudiny for GoodRequest.

There is no need for fancy looking suit, fancy looking car or a huge amount of followers to achieve good work. Good work will find its own attention naturally over time.(Photo by Peter Reguli)

I’m 22 years old student at the Faculty of Business and Management at the Brno University of Technology. I consider myself as a passionate traveler, music enthusiast and food lover. I try to spend all my free time and resources to explore new areas, taste delicious specialties and try exciting challenges all around the world. Recently, I’ve joined a company called GoodRequest with a mission to help them achieve great mobile&web solutions by working as a Junior Project Manager/Consultant.

As a newcomer to a company you are always trying to settle well and you are doing your best to look out for things which will help you to achieve that. As I had my senses opened, I’ve found out that it’s vital to realize what you are doing inefficiently or perhaps completely wrong and that you have to adapt.

These “how-to” articles are often coming up as a repetitive cliche for particular readers, so i tried my best to show my perspective and my point of view which may vary from others. Hopefully it’s going to be worth your effort.

On that note, I would like to share a few points on what I think is essential to know about being more productive and reliable in anything that you want to accomplish by working as an employee of a company, as a freelancer or even in general.

.Plans do (not) work out every time.

It’s always advised to plan things ahead in your work for always having something to fall back on and feel stable. But, what if it doesn’t go as planned? Sometimes trying to force yourself and go ‘hammer and tongs’ to continue the same planned scheme isn’t the wisest choice to do.

Being agile and adapting to the situation over time can lead to changing project’s direction many&many times during the work process, making plans split or completely change and often has beneficial and sometimes really unexpected (positive) results for both you and the customer.

.There are always at least two solutions to a single problem that you are dealing with.

It’s becoming a trend and a common thing that people are fixing problems with a hot head and are trying to find solutions fast and straight away to save resources.

But in most cases it’s more beneficial to stay cool and think about more alternatives. Sometimes the first impression causes people to decide as fast as possible to save up time which could potentially lead them to go backwards in their progress than taking their time to consider the situation for a little longer.

Don’t forget that there always is another way to solve things and in the end, it often is the one worth choosing.

.Take failure as a sign of “health”.

People always make mistakes and they take them as something which is redundant and causes work to overdue and to slow overall progression of a whole project.

But they often forget that in a background these mistakes help to improve the work they are doing. Failure keeps them questioning the solutions they come up with to solve particular problems — pushing their boundaries of thinking about them even further.

So please, don’t forget to fail — it’s a sign of progression, a sign of human being, a sign of “health”.

.Discuss, review and appreciate your or other’s work.

Take a short time-out during a week to meet up with your team or your boss and try to discuss things about work you have done or you are planning to do. It may help you to redirect your focus on more important stuff or things that you are missing on.

As a project leader and manager it’s always great to give credit to your colleague’s work if done well and also do a review every now and then if everything goes up to your expectations.

Sometimes even something that minor as a short discussion about the direction of your project or giving a small appreciation can majorly improve inside relations of your team making things more open and effective.

.If you are struggling don’t be ashamed to ask for help.

If you are giving your best to try but you are unable to find the answers or solutions to your problems that you are facing on your own, don’t take asking your colleague, boss or anybody else as a sign of your inability or weakness.

It’s always better to ask and not being ashamed of that than looking for miracle to happen. Don’t forget that more heads do better work and in most cases in a shorter amount of time.

.Get a schedule going and write things down.

Try to set up a system in things that you do at work more often. Make a schedule and try to follow it as good as you can. This can relate to company meetings as a manager, code reviews as a developer or even your personal task-management.

If you feel that you keep on forgetting some important issues to solve, just write them down wherever you want to (*notes, mobile, laptop) and set a notification for them.

It sounds plain simple and silly but, it really helps you get used to remembering more stuff and train yourself and your memory.

.Don’t be scared to take initiative.

If you think that there is a room to improve in any specific area or even in a company workflow, don’t be scared to take responsibility and propose a change. It doesn’t matter if you are a long-term employee or a newcomer, it always depends on the idea that you come up with.

Back it up and be the first one to change that particular thing to show its positive effects, others will follow if it’s working out and has outcome that you were looking and proposing for.

.Be crazy and spontaneous.

Sometimes being adventurous and spontaneous during the work process, discussion or a project meeting leads to new ideas and opens up new directions and creativity of yourself or even the whole team.

There is nothing wrong about putting up with a few often strange-looking and crazy ideas which could potentially be a foundation to something new and game-breaking.

.Challenge yourself further.

If there is a new challenge on the horizon try to be more open to it and prove yourself that you can conquer it.

People often have a tendency to say that they don’t know or they have no idea how to solve particular issue during their work. But, it’s often just an excuse to evade something which is new and unknown for them.

Nowadays, when there’s possibility to find any information online, there is literally no excuse to say that something is beyond your capabilities, even if the issue to solve comes from different area or it touches on different topic. So get your sh*t together and overcome your laziness!

Sometimes even giving a try is a valuable experience and it can push someone forward to challenge him/herself further, exploring new possibilities and gathering potentially useful information for the future.

.Less is often more.

Don’t overthink that much, from my point of view (and long lifetime experience) /s, it never leads to anything better or game-changing.

Making things clean and straightforward is easier to comprehend and to cooperate on within the project, creating a spotlight for things that are truly important.

Sometimes a simple thing does the job perfectly fine, so use your time capacity wisely and focus on other problems to solve. It will greatly improve your time and task efficiency moving forward.

.It’s OK not to be 100% satisfied.

If you are doing a job that requires a lot of creativity and you often struggle with the way your work turns out, it’s not necessarily a bad sign.

You shouldn’t always follow your “set rules to perfect work”. Do what comes natural. Don’t forget that there is and always be a room to grow personally or professionally as well and that nobody becomes perfect over time.

Skill may get you to the top but it’s passion and creativity that will keep you there.

Hopefully this article is going to help anyone who stayed here until reading this very sentence…perhaps i’m not the only one… :)

I’m glad that you found some time and i hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Thank you for reading,

Matus Klaudiny

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