4 Critical Things You Need to Know About Your Personal Work Style
Knowledge is power—especially when it comes to your personal work habits and preferences. Once you understand how you work best, you can create your ideal working environment.
The trouble is, we usually don’t spend any time thinking about our work style. If you’re not sure what yours looks like, you definitely can’t act accordingly.
Read on to discover the four essential questions you need to ask yourself.
1. Early Bird or Night Owl?
The average person is most energetic and productive during one time of the day. But that time changes; some are wide awake in the morning and steadily lose energy, while others come alive during the afternoon, and yet others get the most done in the evening.
Most workplaces operate from 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Great for morning birds, but what about everyone else?
There are a few steps you can take. First, you can block mornings off for your least mentally engaging tasks; for example, you might do manual data entry rather than give an important presentation.
Second, you can arrange a flexible work schedule so you won’t need to come in as early.
Third, you can search for offices or teams with hours that match yours. To give you an idea, many engineers keep relatively late hours.
2. Emails, Calls, or Meetings?
Receiving information in the way you prefer makes you likelier to understand and retain those details.
For instance, some professionals would rather discuss a topic on a call versus chat. Others want to communicate via email, since it gives them a handy record they can reread later.
If you’re not sure which method you like best, think about the one you use most often. That’s probably your favorite.
Once you’ve identified it, you can ask your boss and team members to use that medium when possible. Don’t forget to ask for their communication preferences as well.
3. Solo or in a Group?
You may be most comfortable working by yourself, or you might like to collaborate. Whatever the case, it’s crucial to know your ideal set-up. This allows you to volunteer for projects and tasks that’ll suit you. Perhaps your manager needs someone to independently review new product ideas. If you like independent work, you should raise your hand. On the other hand, if you’d rather do a team-based project, you should instead join, say, the customer interview panel.
4. Dive Right In or Plan Ahead?
Some people are action-oriented: As soon as they decide to tackle a project or task, they start working.
This approach has pros and cons. While doers boast intense focus and great work ethics, they miss out on the benefits of careful preparation. Meanwhile, planners move more slowly. They ponder every decision (sometimes too much) and do plenty of strategizing upfront.
After you’ve identified your work style, seek out team members with the opposite styles to balance you out.
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