Develop an excellent work ethic. Commit to work hard. If you develop a reputation as a hard worker, it will do wonders for your career. Why? Because everybody knows who the hard workers are in every business.
A hard worker manages their time well. They make every minute count at work. They do not pilfer time. They set clear priorities for each work day and make sure they are met.
You can always spot a hard worker. They are punctual. They are the most knowledgeable and respected. They get more done in less time without compromising quality. And drum roll....they are the ones who consistently get promot- ed. Bottom line, they produce.
Hint: Did you know that two extra hours of pro- ductive work each day is all you need to invest to become one of the most valuable and effective people in your company.
How do you get these two extra hours? By coming in to work an hour earlier or conversely by staying an hour later. This will accelerate your career and put it in overdrive. Efficiency experts have determined that you get the equivalent of three hours of office work done for every one hour that you work without interruptions.
The top people in every field work more hours than the average person. In order to really master a skill, Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers suggest the 10,000-hour rule. This means if you consistently practice any skill for 10,000 hours you will become an expert in that area of your life.
So if you want to get promoted, you must work all the time that you are at work. Don’t pilfer time. Come in and do your job to the best of your ability. Become known as the ‘go-to’ expert in your chosen field.
Action step: Resolve to come to work one hour earlier or stay one hour later next week.