5 Ways To Improve Work Performance When Facing Extra Demands At Home
Updated: Jun 13
Maintaining a consistent work performance and reaching those targets on a regular basis can be challenging. But when facing stress at home from renovations, family events, or a residential move, this can upset your behaviour at work.
So how can you stay positive and productive, and not let these extra obligations make you stressed at work too?
How Can You Lessen Stress At Home and Improve Work Performance?
You can't manage the things that are out of your control, but what you can do is organize and manage your thoughts and choices around them. This you have 100% control of, and maintaining this is enough to reduce that stress.
Here are five ways that you can manage extra demands on your life and improve work performance:
1. Visualize the Outcome Can Shift Your Concentration
When I was in the thick of renovations, stuff was in boxes and it took me more time to find things, and I spent a lot of time dusting and cleaning. It was a huge mess all the time! But as I began to visualize what it would look like when all was done, I became more optimistic. Knowing that something like renovations are temporary keeps you from focusing on what needs to be done at home, and concentrating on work instead.
2. Monitor Your Willpower To Improve Productivity
You're human, and not a robot! Your body is only meant to do so much, then you need rest and nourishment to recharge. Set up a schedule ahead of time for tackling things in bite sized pieces. You tend to pile on too much to get it done quickly, but that only makes you tired and disoriented. You'll accomplish more when rested and alert than when tired and making mistakes.
3. Create a System for Priorities
Commit to what has to be done today and then decide what can wait for another time. When tasks are committed to in you schedule they're out of you mind, and then you can focus more on what needs to be done now. If you don't write them down, then you'll put pressure on yourself to remember. If you keep putting off a task on you list, then maybe that's not important and can be allocated to someone else, or removed from the list entirely.
4. Allot a Time Limit to Tasks To Increase Efficiency
Meetings can get out of hand and take longer than should be. State at the beginning of the meeting to all in attendance that you have only 30 minutes, then you have other obligations to attend to. This will have others getting to the point faster. You can apply this to other tasks and errands to keep you focused and productive. Stick with it, and eventually you'll condition yourself to be more efficient with your time.
5. Take Action to Improve Work Performance
By completing one task—and this can be something small—you'll feel like you're making progress. Thinking, talking and planning gets you overwhelmed. Taking action makes you feel like you're doing something and that makes you feel like you're in control.
"We are so focused on figuring out the best approach that we never get around to taking action." James Clear, Atomic Habits.
By implementing these five ways of stopping extra demands from ruining your performance at work, you'll feel more positive. You'll also feel like you're achieving more, your productivity improves, you experience less stress, and you feel calm and happy. Your boss is happy, your spouse loves you, and your kids... they probably don't notice—but that's another blog.
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Christine Hourd, ACC is a certified success and leadership life coach in Calgary, Alberta who works with small business owners and professionals, online and in-person, to improve efficiencies and reduce stress at home and work. Talk to Christine and find out how the Success Mastery Program can help you reach your goals.