4 Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Working hard is tried and tested step to achieve success.  It’s one of the basic tips that dreamers in whatever they do. These days if work hard is not enough for enablers so instead of just flexing their muscles, they also work smart to thrive in their day to day loads. What’s with work smart and how will you do this?

Doing your tasks without analyzing how will you make it simple and better, may consume big chunk of your time.  Perhaps you may even occasional overtime or work at home do catch up with you deadlines.  With working smart, the idea is to follow simple disciplines that allow you to become more productive and efficient in your job.  Work smart has nothing to do with high IQ or 360 degrees revolutionary actions that will make you an office superhero.

  • Reject distractions and discomforts – Of course focus and sticking with your priorities are the first things you must have. But you can’t solidify those if you let distractions steal your precious energy and time. Saying ‘no’ to people when you’re working is not being rude, but a way to earn respect that you have something to finish.  Allot time for checking emails or text messages, which ideally shouldn’t be the first thing you do in the morning.  To summarize it all, better to stick on what you should do before attending to something else .
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Saying no also to ‘discomforts’ will let you attend to where you can work at your best. Your discomfort can be in a form of job that you’re not prepared to do or agreeing to multitask.

  • Look forward for your much deserved break – Your wellness is your strong weapon to work smarter, so don’t let it suffer just to achieve your goal. But compare to those easy go lucky, take a break or nap because you need it.

“On average, your brain is able to remain focused for only 90 minutes, and then you need at least 15 minutes of rest. (The phenomenon is based on ultradian rhythms.) By taking breaks roughly every 90 minutes, you allow your mind and body to renew–and be ready to fire off another 90-minute period of high activity,” Inc. reported.   “For some people, 15- to 20-minute breaks might be tough to pull off, but taking short breaks throughout the day can still help you to refresh your mind and reset your attention span.”

  • Map your tomorrow today – Enlisting your tasks is good, but arranging them chronologically is far better.  Try to be realistic in doing it, minding what is doable for you and move items that you can do the next day.   As much as possible, do this listing beforehand or at least before you leave your work station. Planning ahead of time is also mind setting of what you need to accomplish.

Meantime, Time also recommended writing things you should avoid in your office hours is good.

 

  • Never shy away to ask for help. Admit that you’re not superb in everything and denying it will give you another great ‘discomfort.’ Delegate aspects that you think better be handled by others and don’t afraid to ask questions to get instant clarifications. Better to finish your tasks on time with quality than doing work with confusion.