Looking back in the past allows you to identify what worked and/or didn’t work in your line of job. Focusing on the present lets you set aside all the worries of yesterday and tomorrow. When you anticipate the future, it prepares you not only to avoid failures, but also achieve growth in the company you’re working at.

Working in a company sure has a lot of responsibilities, but one ability will guide you in assessing them. One ability will help you be on top of your game, and that is the ability to anticipate your workload. The most successful employees always ask “What if?” and try to figure out the next best thing to do. If you want to be one of them, you need to be one step ahead of the rest.

Now the big question is: How do you do it?

In anticipating your workload, you may do the following:

1. Think of the tasks your boss may have mentioned in the past that may come up in the future.

The past will give you hints on the big picture that awaits the company. Did your boss ever mention about the upcoming project? Or the partnership he/she’s planning to take but still has no time to handle yet? Recalling possible tasks will help you manage them well and give you plenty of time to prepare.

2. Analyze the current situation in your line of job and figure out what may be the next step to take.

The present will help you evaluate effective actions from the past and possible solutions for the future. Currently, is there something problematic that needs urgent solution? Or is everything perfectly fine?

3. Anticipate and work on the next step that may improve not only your current job, but also the company.

The future will determine how well you have evaluated the past and the present. Grab the opportunity to make a change in the company you’re working at. After all, your forward-thinking ability will make you an employee who’s hard to replace.

Anticipating what is to come will help you be on your toes all the time. It’s a sort of reminder that you need to evaluate what you have done and what’s the next best thing to do. Who knows? You will be greeted with an expression of gratitude by your boss the next time you do these steps. Anticipating your workload might just be one of the secrets for you to be on top.