Afraid to brush up on the basics? That could be the one thing setting you up for failure on the job.
You can be bad at something because you make errors, because you aren’t cut out for the task the way your employer needs you to be. Or maybe you’re simply not as good as your co-workers, who can also turn into your competition.
In short, if you’re slipping at work, there could be a few reasons: (Click here to tweet this list.)
1. Fear and failure to begin with the basics
Think you know it all? Don’t be too sure. We all are often guilty of assuming that we are already aware of the basics in our field, which then leads us to skip reading the instructions and reviewing the fundamentals.
Deep down we fear that revisiting the basics may reveal our weaknesses to the world. This marks the onset of problems. Publicly we remain deluded and misjudge our capabilities but then our work begins to suffer because of our lack of knowledge and escapism.
Start by focusing on the details and taking small steps, as this will increase your awareness, strengthen your foundation and improve your performance on the job. Knowing the basics also improves your chances of professional growth.
2. Rushing through the work without giving too much thought
What do you do when you are assigned a new task? Many professionals jump at it so that they can quickly get over with it. This may be one of the reasons why you are underperforming as you may not be taking enough time to understand what is required of you.
Don’t rush through just to get the work done — you’ll end up making the same mistakes and will eventually spend more time rectifying the errors.
Time management is obviously important for professionals but the key is to slow down and try not to finish everything in one day. You will then see an improvement in how you manage the tasks and get better results.
3. Lacking concentration and getting distracted
Studies show that there are several hours in a day that are whiled away because professionals are sidetracked. You too may be wasting precious time because you are not focused enough and also need to spend extra hours correcting the mistakes that you made due to your lack of concentration.
To boost your performance, focus clearly and practice what you are doing. Even top professionals in their respective fields don’t shy away from practice to achieve perfection.
4. Allowing frustrations to get the better of us
Frustration is likely to mess up your day in the office. Whatever work you try to do, your frustration will interfere with it because the anger will continue to build and the adrenaline will flow. Then work will further irritate you and every task will get the better of you.
Instead, you should seek new ways to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed and frustrated. Accept that things don’t always go as planned. It may not be a smooth day at work but when you learn to control your emotions and master your mood it leads to things becoming easier and more workable.
5. Doing something we have no real interest in
If you don’t put your heart and soul into what you do, you may lose interest in the work and your performance is likely to deteriorate.
Doing a job that you find boring or laborious will most certainly lead you to being bad at it as you are not motivated enough and don’t have that drive to give your 100 percent. You will only aim at completing the work, without caring much about the standard of quality.
By doing something you are passionate about or at least are interested in, you tend to execute better as there is a willingness to learn new things and improve. Climbing the professional ladder becomes difficult when you have no desire to exhibit your capabilities. To progress in any field, you must have a desire to continue working and an objective in sight.
Devika Arora is a professional writer who has been writing articles and blogs with a special focus on career development and job search. She is currently working with a popular job search portal Naukrigulf.com addressing the employment needs of young professionals.