By Janet Adetu
Welcome to part 2 of my topic maximizing your priorities and your productivity.
iii. Polish yourself Image
Your image is everything, the beginning of you creating a good or bad first impression. A successful person has a deep sense of self -worth and a good self –image. Having a good self- image is the foundation from which you’re self – esteem, self – confidence and attitude arises from. When you polish your image you say a lot about yourself without saying a single word. When you feel good about yourself you are confident to excel in any project or mission. Dress the way you would like to be addressed. Be sensitive and pay attention to detail when choosing what to wear daily. Dress appropriately recognizing the occasion, day of the week, time of day. Ensure your clothes fit properly, accentuate your body and feel comfortable. Try to colour coordinate your dress sense effectively, compliment your appearance with the correct accessories and spice your look with fabulous shoes. Your image is incomplete with me talking about the importance of grooming and hygiene. The easiest way to sabotage your image is to look unkept, give off an overwhelming odour and appear unapproachable. Identify a smell you like and are comfortable with, take care of your hair, nails, face and feet regularly. Your objective in being productive is for people to see you and trust you enough to want to do business with you. Creating, establishing and maintaining relationships is key to maximizing productivity.
Iv. Be a Team Player
‘No man is an island’ – is a popular saying that could not be further from the truth.
Just like I explained about my colleague who was busy doing nothing, this is because he operated alone. He was never a team player so became quite anti-social and inefficient. In being a team player you are able tap from a wider pool of knowledge. You therefore gain more and can direct your level of productivity positively. A team player should equally share information, be open to opinions, constructive criticism, new ideas and advice. When you work in a team you work in common agreement towards a common goal. As a team your achievements are greater, provided you are able to get everybody to follow the vision, accomplish their individual and collective tasks and motivated to achieve. With all these in check as you increase your productivity you will automatically increase that of the team.
v. Be Social & Business Savvy
Having ‘Savoir Faire’ meaning ‘know how’ is essential today to become a successful leader. Your poise, polish, positioning and presence is what will give you that Panache advantage. It is important that you acquaint yourself with the proper protocol and procedures for behaving and doing the right thing in every situation. Whether you are in a social or business setting there are some behaviours expected of you that command respect, consideration and dignity. When you conduct yourself in the appropriate manner you will appear trustworthy and approachable, people will like to associate with you and know you better. Etiquette and protocol affect your personal as well as your corporate image as courtesy is expensive but costs nothing. Proper etiquette should be exhibited in the workplace, board room, among colleagues, in a gathering, during casual and formal dining events, social scenarios and the like. Knowledge is power, if you do not know these attributes feel free to seek new knowledge. Hire a personal coach to train and equip you, invest in yourself for improved productivity and the future.
Vi. Adopt a Leadership Mindset
To be a leader involves being bold, courageous, disciplined and confident. Your leadership style has a lot to do with your character, personality and life experiences which can be both positive and negative. To be productive you need to first believe in what you do thereby leading yourself to success. In having the spirit of a leader you want everything around you to be successful therefore you carry everyone along to follow your dream. In adopting a leadership mindset you will need to show professional presence, this you can do by acting like a mentor, showing respect, motivating others, managing stress, managing time, maintaining ethics and values, building effective teams and relationships.
Vii. Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Your productivity level is influenced by many factors whether it is to satisfy a need, avoid a loss or gain something you are driven by what motivates you. Being appreciative of your gradual achievements will push you in your pursuit of excellence. Whether you work for yourself, a good or bad boss how you are motivated will also influence your priorities and productivity. Your reasons may be psychological for comfort, egocentric for status, emotional for respect ,power for control, personal growth for satisfaction and confidence, or for the challenge to be competitive. Your attitude and demeanour should be one of gratitude, as this will keep you thinking positively. Pessimism will only draw you backwards and kill your vision.
All the best !