When your own craft is at stake, it can sometimes feel like you can’t possibly compete with someone else in the workplace.

You want your company to call for your work. But have you had to prove yourself during the day?

Most people, after all, didn’t have a coveted gig in college or high school. Yet, if you do, your work to prove that you deserve it can be a challenge.

Sometimes, however, your own prospective employees will take on the burden of being the first ones on the clock for several days in a row. Now you know how that can feel.

How can you persuade them to sit still and get started on the new projects that are assigned to them? Here are four tips that will help you to adjust your lifestyle to make sure that you both get a head start on things and can also keep up with your colleagues.

Practice how to pay attention

As the team gets it together for the new day, help your colleagues through the heat of the moment. Give them constructive critiques and tell them where they need to up their game. Remember to speak at a reasonable pace and remain calm.

However, take care not to overwhelm them by beating them to the punch with everything.

Take a turn now and then

Each time they can’t work, take a break. Get up and go for a run, or take your partner for a walk during breaks.

You are in this together

As well as continuing to watch out for one another, make sure that you communicate.

When you are on the clock, you won’t always be able to give your help when it’s needed. Likewise, when others are busy, you can encourage them to take time to connect and chat.

It’s important to encourage people to make room for you.

Don’t forget to include yourself

Your knowledge is very valuable to colleagues. Even if they are in on your project, remember that they need the same information.

When you are working with others, do not be a nobody. Keep them up to date with your work and how you can help.

Keep it a team effort

Even though you want to take the reins in the morning, don’t stop when the boss calls and send out emails and ask for the help you need.

Bring in a note and get the teams back to work. So much can be handled when everybody is plugged in.

The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the staff writer.