September is all about getting back into the swing of things - it’s back to school, back to a routine and back to cooler weather. With September being Self-Improvement Month, it’s a great time to find new ways to improve yourself. Continuously improving yourself can provide immense benefits, including improving your self-worth and growing your self-confidence. One forgotten area is the workplace - seeing as we all spend so much time at work, it seems like the ideal place to start improving. Improving yourself at work can prove to be very constructive. Begin your journey to self-improvement in the workplace with these simple steps:
1. Get Organised
One of the hardest parts of self-improvement is that we often set huge, unattainable goals for ourselves and feel bad when we don’t feel like we’ve made any progress. This month, set a simple numerical goal for yourself in an area that you want to get better at. Below are a few suggestions:
- X number of workouts for the month
- Make a to do list in work & start with the priorities
- Start the project in work which you have been putting on hold
2. Plan out your Goals
Without a plan a goal is just a dream. Turn your ideas, dreams and desires into reality with a well thought out plan. If you want to get fit, eat healthier and go for walks or to the gym. If you want to learn how to do something new, take classes/lessons. If you want to get something done in work, start by making a list of what needs to be done and follow it through. Once you start, the rest will fall into place more easily.
3. Be Healthy in the Workplace
Stress in the workplace today is a major concern for employees and employers. Less stressed employees will become more productive and less likely to require time off due to illness. To help combat stress, you can put the following tips to the test:
- Go to the gym in the morning, on your lunch break or after work. With flexible working, it is much easier to get things done before, during and after work.
- Check if your company provides discounts for gym memberships.
- Bring your own lunch to work, along with fruit/healthy snacks to stop you from eating unhealthy food throughout the day.
You can find out more health tips from our blog: A Healthy Workplace is a Happy Workplace.
4. Schedule 20 Minutes of Daily "Me Time" to Relax and De-Stress
Do you have a hard time finding time for yourself? If so, try scheduling it. Pencil in time for yourself just like you would an appointment, then stick to your “date” for an entire month. This could be anything from fitting in a walk on your lunch break to reading a book. You might not think that 20 minutes is very long, but it will make a difference.
5. Improve your Business with Softworks
The steps for self improvement revolve around our health, getting organised, setting goals in the workplace and overall, improving ourselves for the better. But what about our businesses? It might be time to start thinking about how you can improve your business with the help from Softworks. Constant and continuous improvement is essential for both our personal and professional growth.
Not only can Softworks benefit your company, it can also benefit you and your employees. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important these days with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services.
If you do one thing each day you will surely notice a snowball effect, and before you know it your Self-Improvement Month goals have become your daily life experience.