If you want to be your very best in life, you need to be at your best during the workday. But doing your best work and being your best self can be a challenge, especially if you’ve been at your job for a while and have become a little too comfortable. It’s easy to become complacent during your time at a workplace, but it won’t do you any favors in the long run.

In this blog, the New York braining training experts at Brainnasium will give you a few tips for a professional “reset” that will help you reach your potential at your job. With the right strategies and a positive mindset, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your professional goals and being the best employee you can be.

Get back to the basics of your job.

The art of the self-audit is complicated. Sometimes, it can be hard to admit your shortcomings as an employee, or to accept that you’ve been cutting some corners and rushing through work. However, if you’re serious about improving your work performance, you need to be honest with yourself and acknowledge where you fall short so you can make strides to improve.

Take a look at the basic aspects of your job, and give them a thorough examination. Are you skipping steps? Slacking in some projects more than others? Jot these things down, and develop methods for improving these aspects of your performance.

Set goals for yourself.

People without goals are often the usual suspects for poor work performance—without something to work toward in the future, why would you work hard at all? Set some professional goals for yourself as soon as possible—daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals—and figure out (specifically) how you’re going to achieve them. Maybe you’re eyeing that job promotion in year or two, or maybe you’re just looking to finish your entire to-do list during the workday. Whatever the case, set some goals and stick to them—even if you fall short, you’ll still see improvements in your work performance.

Start your day off right.

Waking up “on the wrong side of the bed” is a great saying for people who make excuses about their poor work performance. If you didn’t get a quality night of sleep or you didn’t eat breakfast in the morning, the fault is yours—getting a good start in the morning is completely under your control.

First, getting a good night’s sleep is the first part of a hot start to your day. Go to bed at the same time every night, and be sure to unwind by stowing all away all electronic devices that emit blue light (like your iPhone)—these will ultimately trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime and will keep you awake past your bedtime. Next, give yourself a solid amount of time in the morning to get ready so you don’t have to rush—there’s nothing that can derail a productive day like rushing to work. Finally, eat a healthy and balanced breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a well-crafted omelette—some sausages, toast, and fruit will give you the fuel you need to power through your workday. Don’t forget that cup of coffee, either.

That’s it for part 1 of our series on improving your work performance. Stay tuned for part 2, and check out our other blog posts in the meantime!