Learn from Experiences

Take on a long-term project or assignment that you can be accountable for. The long-term nature of the role will challenge your perseverance.  Ask your manager for ideas or make a recommendation for a project to your manager. Set small milestones so that you can celebrate progress. A long-term assignment will mean that it is not urgent so you will need to make time for it. Try using these strategies for conquering concentration barriers to help you carve out time to make it happen.

If you have a hard time finishing what you start, take this assessment and create your plan to overcome procrastination. Do a little each day.

When you find yourself frustrated or stuck, take a break. A quick break can boost your productivity. Read this article and try one or two of these ideas to get back your focus.

Next time you feel overwhelmed with too much to do or realize you forgot to follow up on something, go back to basics and get organized.

Learn from Others

Find someone who has managed an extremely challenging assignment or implemented a major change project. Ask that person to meet with you as an “informal mentor” to help you develop this competency. Schedule at least two meetings of 30 minutes each to discuss how their approach and experiences may benefit you.

Learn from “bad situations” that inevitably happen.  Ask a trusted colleague to debrief a difficult situation to identify how to avoid these situations in the future.

Seek feedback so that you get the most out of the situation.