11 things you can do today to be more respected, productive, and impressive at work

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By Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider

  • There are steps you can take to become instantly successful at work.
  • Those steps include speaking up in meetings and taking lunch breaks with colleagues.
  • Below, we've listed some of the simplest strategies for impressing your boss and increasing your productivity.

The path to professional success is long, and often winding. It's a combination of working hard, pursuing your passions, and meeting the right people.

But there are steps you can take immediately to get closer to your goals. Below, we've collected a bunch of quick and dirty strategies - supported by research and expert opinion - to be more successful at work. You'll learn how to impress your boss (and make your coworkers jealous) and stay productive even when you're feeling uninspired. 

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Show up on time — or early Simply put, your boss will like you more.

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Dress up Research suggests that dressing more formally can make you both feel and appear more powerful.
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Make small talk with your CEO at the coffee maker Bumping into your CEO unexpectedly might sound like the beginning of a nightmare. It doesn't have to be.
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Schedule a power hour Time-management expert and author Laura Vanderkam recommends dedicating the first hour of your workday to an important project. Ideally, you'll be uninterrupted by emails, phone calls, or knocks on your door.
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Listen to music right before you start an assignment You might think listening to music helps you get stuff done faster, but in fact research suggests that it makes you less productive on most tasks. For example, a 2010 study found that people performed worse on a memory task when they listened to music in the background, compared to when they worked in quiet.
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Ask your team for feedback Don't forget to solicit feedback from people who are junior to you as well.
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