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Personal Development: Rate your Daily Performance

Personal development: Rate your daily performance

Personal development: Rate your daily performance

Presumably, you have a busy schedule; you are pushed for time. So it is very easy to whizz through your days, weeks and years and never really notice whether you are performing at your full potential; meaning, that some of us don't actualise our full potential because we are so busy always doing, doing, doing!

We are mostly unconscious of our performance, we just get on with our to do list.

This is why training is such a valuable activity. It gives delegates a chance to stop and just think about how they are doing, what they are doing, and whether the methods they are currently using could be improved.

Going on a training day is a great way to stop and think about how your performance may be improved, and how you might make better progress, in less time and effort.

Why not make every day a training day?

Why not try to learn lesson every day and improve your performance a little bit, every day.

How could you improve your performance a little everyday?

You could improve your performance each day, by simply ranking your own performance, out of ten. By doing that, you would become more conscious of where your performance is at its strongest; and where you think you still need to improve.

The idea is simple, each day, at the end of the day, you simply rank yourself out of ten, on a small number of important qualities.

Which important qualities should you measure?

You have many options about what aspects of your performance you could measure, but I use the following list.

At the end of each day I spend a few minutes mentally going over the day and scoring myself, out of 10, on the following questions.

Question: How did you do today?

  1. Out of ten, how would you rate yourself for having an optimistic attitude?
  2. Out of ten, how would you rate yourself for progress made on your Priority To Do List?
  3. How would you rate yourself for friendly cooperative relationships with others?
  4. How would you rate yourself for Good health habits, meaning mostly, high quality nutrition?
  5. How would you rate yourself for being helpful to others in the team, and family?

What would happen if you were to consciously try to improve your score on the following?

  1. Improving your ability to think optimistically about the future.
  2. Improving your ability to make progress through your Priority To-do-list and get more done, per day.
  3. To improve your ability to maintain friendly and cooperative relationships with your boss, your colleagues, your customers and your family.
  4. To improve the quality and reduce the quantity of your food intake.
  5. To improve your ability to add value to others, (and thus to build your reputation as being a good person to have around).

The idea is simply to score yourself out of ten. In the act of scoring yourself you will automatically become more conscious of your performance. The natural tendency is to start doing more things that will drive your score up and to abandon other things that will drive your score down.

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As a result of doing this questionnaire every day, you will tend to:

  1. Be less pessimistic and be more optimistic.
  2. Waste less time and get more done, per day.
  3. Have fewer fall outs and conflicts, and enjoy better relationships with your colleagues, customers and family.
  4. Stop eating too much of the wrong things; and instead, eat less, but better and thus have more energy.
  5. Rather than being a taker, become more of a giver, and thus earn a reputation as being a great person to have around.

That would be a really good set of outcomes for you, wouldn't it?

How to implement this idea.

Buy a notebook. This notebook should be dedicated to this project.
Put the notebook in your home and each evening, at about 9 PM just do a quick debrief of the day and score yourself.

Be honest. Don't cheat. Ask yourself,

  1. "Where was I strong and where was I weak, today".
  2. "In areas where I was weak, how can I change what I am doing or thinking or reacting or speaking so that next time, I will handle that situation better".

Make notes to yourself about how you could improve your performance, a little bit every day.

Over the next six months, you will find that you are ever more optimistic, productive and popular.

And that would be really good.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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