This is the second of four articles on why you aren’t getting that promotion you think you deserve:
[Article 1] – Why you’re not getting that promotion, the truth.
[Article 2] – Why you’re not getting that promotion, fix this one thing!
[Article 3] – Why you’re not getting that promotion, easy changes that pay.
[Article 4] – Why you’re not getting that promotion, sell yourself!
In the first article, I told you the reason why you aren’t getting promoted at work. It breaks down to the fact that you aren’t working or working smart enough at work.
When you take too many breaks, intentional or not, and focus on busy work, it takes away from your primary task or deliverable that you need to accomplish.
An employer wants to see their employees providing value to the company. In your case, the more deliverables you achieve, the more value you offer. You are more likely to be rewarded with a pay raise when you increase your value!
We need to fix the core issue, your productivity levels at work. This article is going to break down one trick aimed at keeping you on track to produce more work efficiently.
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Fix this one thing!
To get a promotion, you need to show your employer you are valuable employee through getting work done. To get work done, you need to be productive and get things done fast. To be productive, you need a schedule!
You need to layout the steps to take to finish your deliverable, so you have an itemized “attack list” and forecasted dates for each step.
This list is going to keep you on task and let you know when you are falling behind. When you start to fall behind, you need to get your tush in gear and catch up.
Here’s a simple example of how creating a schedule can keep you on track. Since everyone’s work scope is different, I’ll use an example of accomplishing things around your house.
|Task||Start Time||Time Allowed|
|Wake up||6 a.m.||–|
|Shower and get ready||6 a.m.||45 min|
|Cook and eat breakfast||6:45 a.m.||20 min|
|Mow and edge yard||7:05 a.m.||55 min|
|Walk the dog||8:00 a.m.||30 min|
|Make grocery list||8:30 a.m.||15 min|
|Grocery shop||8:45 a.m.||1 hr 15 min|
|Vacuum house||10:00 a.m.||40 min|
|Wash car||10:40 a.m.||1 hr|
|Cook and eat lunch||11:40 a.m.||45 min|
|Budget and pay bills||12:25 p.m.||1 hr|
|Food prep for the week||1:25 p.m.||1 hr 30 min|
|Walk the dog||2:55 p.m.||30 min|
|Go to the gym||3:25 p.m.||1 hr|
|Cook and eat dinner||4:25 p.m.||45 min|
|Netflix and chill||5:10 p.m.||4 hr|
|Get ready for bed||9:10 p.m.||–|
As you can see you can get a lot done in a day when it’s planned out, assuming you stick to the schedule. When it comes to your job, consider doing some overtime when you are falling behind. I recommend the use of a daily planner to keep yourself on track.
Sticking to your schedule is your number one priority! Your schedule is going to help you get your deliverables done quickly and make you look like a workhorse.
Your co-workers are going to be in shock when they see how much you can accomplish. It’s so easy to look impressive when everyone else is running at half capacity. If everyone else isn’t performing, and they aren’t, there is no way your boss won’t notice you.
Minimize the distractions that aren’t on your schedule. Things that get in the way, such as phone calls and chatty employees are distractions to your productivity and need to eliminated as much as possible.
In our next article “Why you’re not getting that promotion, easy changes that pay.” I’ll give you additional tips and tricks, which can significantly impact any employee’s performance, helping your chances of getting promoted and making more money!