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An important part of improving your ability is continually assessing your job performance. This process is simple, and we've given you a worksheet to make it even easier. You are simply going to list the job responsibilities you discovered through the previous exercises. Then you'll rate yourself in one of three columns: Below expectations, or Poor performance, At expectations, or Good performance, or Above expectations, which is Invaluable performance. Suppose one of my job responsibilities is to meet one on one with my employees.
I realize that I've been meeting occasionally with them but not on a regular basis, and the meetings are not as productive as they should be. In this case, I might rate my performance as poor in that category. If another job responsibility is communicating regularly with my best customers, and if I go above and beyond by providing valuable industry information, for instance, then I'm going to check the Above expectation's column. Your task is to assess your performance for every responsibility on your list.
It's important to be honest about those areas where you're performing below expectations and realize that everyone has one or more of these areas. This self-assessment is a critical step toward improvement. You'll notice a section at the bottom for one action. After assessing yourself, stop and consider for a moment, what's one thing that you can do to improve in one of those areas? What's one step you're willing to take to move forward? When you've identified the action, write it down, and decide the next step you're going to perform, and make a commitment to when you will do it.
For more information on how to process each action item, see my Time Management Fundamentals course. This initial self-assessment is the benchmark. It lets you know where you are right now, and your greatest opportunities to improve ability in the future.
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