Killing It At Work

Killing it at work

We all know entering the workforce can be daunting and if you are already in full time employment, you might feel like you are in the midst of all work no play. These hacks will help you to find balance and reach your optimum levels in both work and life. Because when you are happy and content it will shine through in your day to day work life. 

First Day on the Job 

So you’ve landed the job, congratulations! There are a few things you will need to do before your first day to make sure you are prepared and make a great first impression. Here are our top tips for surviving your first day in a new job: 
 
  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately. 
There is a saying that you are always better to be overdressed than underdressed, take this into account when starting your first day. Ensure you are well groomed, your shoes are polished and you are dressed appropriately for the company you are about to work for. 
 
  • Ensure you are on time 
Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early on your first day, grab a juice or a coffee and take 5 minutes out to have some “you” time before you go in. If you are catching public transport it wouldn’t hurt to do a dummy run on how to get to the office a few days before you start just so you know which route is the best one to take to get to work. Google maps can also help to let you know which buses and trains you will need to take to get you to your new office. If you are driving, is there parking available? How long in peak hour traffic will the drive take? 
 
  • Take notes and ask questions 
Don’t be afraid to jot things down as you are introduced to the team.  You will be taking in a lot of information that first day and it is only normal that you will forget some things so write down anything you think is important to remember. Also ask questions, it will show that you are listening and engaged and that you are genially interested in being there. 
 
  • Have your personal details handy 
If you haven’t already signed your employment contract you will be doing it on your first day and you will also be required to give your employee your Tax File Number and Superannuation details so finance can process your pay. A smart way to keep them stored and on hand is to put them in your phone address book, that way you have all the information on hand and can get paid in the next pay cycle. If you haven’t yet registered for a TFN then use this link to do so. Most employers will have a super company they use but you are also able to nominate your own. Read our Banking & Super lifehacks for more information.
 
  • Try to use and remember the names of your co-workers 
Meeting all your new co-workers can be a little bit of a whirlwind, and you can sometimes get caught up and forget people’s names. A good tip for remembering who you have met is to shake their hand then repeat their name, an easy way to do this is to say “nice to meet you (insert name here)” studies show by repeating their name you are more likely to remember it. 

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Getting Work Fit

OK so you’re a few weeks in and probably wondering how you are supposed to do this 5 days a week for the rest of your life? I mean, pay day is amazing but you are tired, grumpy and you’re pretty sure Suzanne in marketing hates you. Take a deep breath it’s all going to be OK. Dragging yourself out of bed every morning, the commute, getting home after dark can all be taxing on the body and mind so this is why it is imperative you look after yourself. Here are top tips for staying Work Fit and ahead of the game:
 
  • Sleep 
This is super important hence it’s placed at number 1 on the list; you need to be getting a minimum of 8 hours sleep a night. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to switch off after a long day at work but if you find ways to calm yourself and switch off from work and any stresses in your life, sleeping at a reasonable hour should be a lot easier. Try these:
  1. Stay off social media 2 hours before you plan to go to bed 
  2. Don’t eat too late 
  3. Have a herbal tea before bed  
  4. Exercise after work 
  5. Have a hot shower or bath 
  6. Listen to some calming tunes on the radio or your favourite Spotify playlist 
  7. Read a few pages of your favourite book 
 
  • Have some time out 
Spending a few hours doing something you are passionate about or that makes you feel good will help to realign your body and mind. Hit the gym, cook a home cooked meal, grab a bite with friends. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing make time to do those things during the week so the routine isn’t just work, sleep, eat, bed. 
 
  • Give yourself a pep talk
The mind is a powerful tool; it can have us motivated or it can make us feel a little hopeless. Give yourself a little pep talk if it is the latter. Take a moment to think of all the things you are grateful for, the people in your life you love most and take some time out to think about the journey you’re on. You are killing it, sometimes you just have to remind yourself of how good you’re doing! 
 
  • Take care of yourself 
If you find you are burning the candle at both ends, then you need to think about slowing down and taking better care of yourself. Here are a few things that will help you feel better and in turn be better!
  • H20 - Being dehydrated can not only sap your energy but also cause headaches, make sure you are drinking at least 1 – 2 litres of water a day  
  • Invest in some good quality vitamins - Do your research, but 9/10 our bodies are a little out of whack because we aren’t ingesting the right types of foods and in turn the right types of vitamins. If you don’t eat many greens or red meats, then chances are you are probably low on iron and therefore more tired than you would usually be. it’s worth a trip to the doctors for a blood test to see where all your levels are at. 
  • Limit your drinking - If you are drinking a little too much during the week chances are you aren’t performing to your optimal levels at work, you are probably spending everything you are earning and feeling crappy. Try limit your drinking to 1 – 2 times a week max.
  • Exercise - Watch your calorie intake and try and eat at home more, not only do you know exactly what you are putting into your body but your bank balance will thank you.  A morning walk or a lunch time gym session will have the right endorphins pumping to get you through your busy week. 
Overall work is what you make it, balance and routine are key and also making sure you prioritise some you time is super important to ensure you are happy at work, home and in life in general. 

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Mental Toughness 

Developing mental toughness is a skill that can improve your performance in every single area of your life. Mental toughness plays an important role in achieving your goals in business, health and life. It’s not about how smart you are or how strong physically you can be it is about your passion and perseverance in life that will set you up for a long and happy life. 

In every area of life from your job to your health it is the amount of mental toughness and street smarts that will predict your level of success. Having a mentality of never giving up and always striving for more will keep you motivated and positive in working towards and achieving your goals. 

The great news is mental toughness can become a defining trait regardless of the talent you are born with and in turn you will become tougher and more consistent. You won’t sweat the small stuff, you’ll become more in tune with who you are as a person and your growth on a personal level will be nothing but astounding. 

Try these 3 strategies to help you become unstoppable! 

1. Define what mental toughness means to you

For you, it might be…

  • Going a week without eating processed foods
  • Delivering your work ahead of schedule
  • Meditating every morning before work
  • Spending one hour a week doing something creative

2. Focus on small physical wins 

You can’t become committed or consistent with a weak mind. How many workouts have you missed because your mind, not your body, told you you were tired? How many reps have you missed out on because your mind said, “Nine reps is enough. Don’t worry about the tenth.” Probably thousands for most people, including myself. And 99% are due to weakness of the mind, not the body. —Drew Shamrock

Mental toughness is like a muscle, it needs to be worked on to grow and develop. Take control of your feelings and push yourself past your comfort zone, whether that is at the gym or trying new things. 

3. Welcome routine and habit in to your life 

Motivation is unfortunately fickle, willpower comes and goes. Form and stick to new habits and build some basic steps to stick to and over time you will become more consistent. Try these ideas: 
  • Focus on small changes not life changing transformations 
  • When you slip up get back on track as quickly as possible 
  • Develop and stick to a routine even if you feel zero motivation 
  • Stick to a schedule and forget about the results 
  • Start building your identity. Who are you, what do you want, what are your moral sand non negotiables? 
There will always be moments where things get tough and it doesn’t mean you are not mentally tough if you cry or get angry, mental toughness is about bouncing back after those moments of despair and not making the same mistakes again. Go on, you’ve got this! 

Career Progression  

If you are looking to progress in your career It is important you have a positive impact in your company and work towards a more influential role. With 52% of millennials stating that career progression is their main attraction to an employer, strong training and development initiatives and clearly defined career paths are vital. 

These steps will help you to climb up the corporate ladder, get the job satisfaction you want and the title you deserve. 

1. Support your boss

The truth is you are paid to make your bosses job easier, this doesn’t mean sucking up but it does mean getting the job done with as little fuss as possible. Always make your boss look good and remember if/when you disagree on something your boss has the final say and you need to respect that. If you have a reputation of being difficult to manage it could result in you not being able to get the career progression you are after.

2. Ask for work that challenges you

Let your boss know you are interested in career progression and ask for them to delegate you tasks that put you out of your comfort zone. If you want the freedom to develop you have to step out of your comfort zone!

3. Identify some of the companies’ problems and contribute to saving them

Helping to save Money is a big one, have you found a high quality paper at a cheaper price? Is there a deal on at the moment to get water for the cooler at a reduced price? This is how you want to be known, by solving problems nobody else wants to take on you make yourself a valuable employer. 

4. Own your mistakes and take responsibility for fixing any mistakes you have made 

It’s OK to get things wrong but if you do you need to own up to it and help offer a solution to the problem. Not admitting mistakes or passing the blame then getting busted for it is not only embarrassing but unnecessary. In most cases it will work in your favour owning up to it or taking responsibility for your teams’ mistake shows great leadership skills
 

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