Reliability Top Tips

  • Manage Your Commitments

    You are more likely to be reliable if you don’t take on too much. Keep on top of what you’ve got going on and prioritise your time appropriately.

  • Proactively Communicate

    If you are running behind schedule or something isn’t going to plan, tell that person! You might feel awkward, but I promise they would much rather be kept in the loop than you not deliver.

  • Be Truthful

    When you take something on, think to yourself, can I actually achieve this? It is brilliant to stretch yourself, but don’t promise to deliver something in a week if you don’t actually know how to do it yet. You will create more stress for yourself and have less chance of delivering long-term.

  • Prioritise Your Commitments

    Similar to time-management, think about deadlines and what work needs to be prioritised. Don’t spend time on something if it hasn’t got to be in for months when you have a deadline tomorrow you haven’t started.

  • Don't Demand Credit

    If you get something in on time don’t presume everyone will be thanking you for hours on end. Sometimes it is just what is expected of you. Tell yourself you’ve done a good job and move forward.

  • If You Can, Overdeliver

    Nothing boosts your reliability status more than over-delivering. This doesn’t however mean you need to overdeliver constantly. Every now and then, if you have the time, get something in early, add a little more detail than needed or just deliver it with a smile and a coffee. Trust me, a little goes a long way.

  • Avoid Procrastinating

    Not every task you ever do will be one you absolutely love doing. Sometimes it will be a means to an end. Try not to procrastinate these tasks and put them off, the more you wait the less chance you have of getting them in on time!

  • Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help

    You might be the most reliable, dedicated person in the room but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. If the difference is between not completing a task on time and asking someone else for help, just ask. The worst they can say is no.

  • Be Prepared For "No"

    Value other people’s time. People might not always have the time to help you out and you have to accept that. If they can’t help, ask someone else or communicate with who you are completing the task for.

  • Help Others

    Similarly, if you have the time and someone asks you for help, try and give them it. This is a great way to show you’re not only reliable with your tasks, but also with helping others.

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You Do You
by Sarah Knight
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