“It is not enough to be busy
So are the ants
—The question is—
What exactly are we busy about?”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Everyone wants to be hardworking, every single person wants to be able to set out on a task and finalize it in no time. Come to think of it, though we work ourselves out, go out very early and get back home late at night, though we do the most tedious tasks ourselves, yet we aren’t getting the desired result. This had being one of my greatest panic; then I realized that what Jacob Morgan said was true; “People who work hard and people who work smart have different measures of success; people who work smart realize greater measures.”
There are so many reasons why you aren’t working smart:
- You don’t want to try new things
- Fear of failure
- Lack of knowledge
In this article, I will share with you 8 killer resources that will help you work smart. Be sure that when you put them into practice it will boost your productivity, and will provide you with smart working techniques that will help you reduce stress and fatigue as well as get better results.
1. Know Your Creed And Be Precise.
Before you embark on any task, ask yourself what’s my creed? Every task has its creed, it just depends whether you know it or not. (Just like footballers before they move into the field, the coach gathers them together and tells them the creed for the game).
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a particular goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~ Orison Swett Marden.
The question is what do you really want? And how do you want it to be? This will give you a clear picture of how to feature into the task in a smart way. Most times, it is because you are so addicted to working hard that you forget your task’s creed.
Stop all unnecessary hard works and start working smart by setting a clear and precise purpose for yourself.
2. Have A Work Ritual And Follow It.
“I began to realize how simple life could be, if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a very little original thinking.” ~ Roald Dahl.
It is very important to create systematic routine/ritual that you will use in handling specific tasks.
Be sure to map out your own ways of breaking down task, such that whenever a task comes your way, you don’t have to start mapping out what to do and how to start again. This is a smart way of reducing hard works and saving better time
3. Be Organized
“For every minutes spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
While others work hard and lay hands on all task at the same time, you come up with a smarter approach. Set your priorities; works that should be accomplished first and the ones that should follow. It would help you simplify your works, make your work easier as well as help you accomplish them in less time.
Create a work log book, and write down everything you do during typical work hours. Also set smart orders that will help you get better results than others. You could set orders like;
- Arrive work earlier than anybody; it is as effective as it looks simple; this will help you settle down early and put yourself in order for the day’s work.
- Stop multitasking; You feel you work more when you multitask, but the truth remains that when you multitask, you are merely stressing yourself with hard moments of switching from one task to the other(especially if the task requires deep reasoning and thoughts)
- Use the double p strategy for productivity
- And lots more
Just be sure to set orders that suits your working system.
“I find that many entrepreneurs are trying to do everything when it would be cheaper and more time-efficient to delegate, even if there are monetary costs associated with that.” James Altucher.
Sometimes, you just have to look out and assign someone capable for that work, and you focus on something else.
When you realize that the work is not your area of expertise, the best thing to do (instead of involving yourself in an unrealistic hard work) is to delegate someone who is even more skilled in the field and get the work done in a better way, so you could also use the same time to get focus on your field’s work. For crying out loud you’ve got just 1440 minutes in the day, and it must be spent on your real works. There is no need laying hands on just every work that comes your way when you could get a skilled and trust worthy personnel to do it in a better way.
5. Wait, Stay Mute And Just Observe.
“Before you lay hands on anything,
View the tasks in all hooks and cranny.
Don’t be in a haste.”
~ Dr. Joe.
Sometimes, staying mute might be the right thing to do before you embark on a particular project; when you stay mute you tend to observe and view the project in its simplest form; then you realize the easiest way to tackle it. Don’t just swing into action and start exploring yourself you might end up getting stuck. Wait and observe. Even somethings tend to settle themselves if we wait a little longer.
Wait; yes wait. It isn’t a waste of time; it’s a gathering together of strategy.
6. Take Breaks When You Are tired
A tired person cannot make or do any meaningful work at that time. Take periodical breaks, and rest properly. When you had taken the sufficient rest you need and you are back to work, you will be able to think of new smart techniques at will make your work easier. “Unmotivated? Peradventure you are feeling tired, forcing yourself to work is dangerous to your status. All you need it a little break. And the motivation is back.” ~ Dr. Thomas Tale.
Seriously Take A Break!!!
It is very simple; take a walk, make a phone call, find something to chew, play your favorite song. Just do something that is different from your work for that moment and you’ll find out that when you resume work again you would have being at your best. Take periodical breaks
7. Be Creative
We live in a world where technology is causing everything to accelerate, don’t allow personal belief/orientation to make you get stuck; come up with new innovations, create new ideas, create a new way of tackling that task that will be much more easier and faster than the way other people do it.
It is because you have become so addicted with working so hard that you forget to ponder on how you can work even in a smarter platform that will be different from other’s view. Don’t just restrict yourself to the usual method. Be flexible in your approach to your task. Also look out for better ways, study people who had done such works, check out what they did and how they it, learn from them and explore those lesson in a new way
8. Review Periodically.
This is the last step, but it works with the first. This is one of the things that distinguishes a smart worker to a hard worker. It is crucial to periodically review your work. When reviewing you compare it with your creed. If you don’t review, you cannot improve. Check if you are doing what you stated down for yourself or you have deviated into someone else’s plan?
If you have, then swap back immediately into what you had set out for yourself, and achieve your desired success.
Don’t get me wrong; it is very much important to be hard working, but that hard work isn’t just enough. You have to be a smart worker, because a smart worker could just get hundreds of hardworking folks “like you” and make them do the hard task within the twinkle of an eye.
Be A Smart Worker Today!!!
Author: Daniel Moayanda
Dan. is a young strategist, motivational writer and public speaker. He provides entrepreneurs with success strategies and backs it up with the right motivation needed to explore. He also writes about finding a way out of everything in general!