3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Everyone knows anything worth having in this life is going to require a little hard work. But this doesn’t always mean you have to work yourself to the point where you are totally exhausted and barely able to stay awake.
High achievers work hard, but they also find ways to work smarter and not harder.
Even if everything you have to do seems equally important, there are bound to be some things that can wait a few hours or days for completion. You need to find the tasks on your list that can’t wait and complete them first. This way, you will do the things that are important ahead of the deadline. You won’t need to rush last minute because you did less important tasks first.
Don’t be afraid to hire someone else to do your menial tasks. Sometimes this is not easy, especially if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to relinquish control, (like me!🙄) but it is well worth it though. When you delegate tasks that take up your time and energy for little to no return, you will have time to work on more important tasks that offer better rewards. Note that you can do this both in your professional and personal life. In your professional life, you can hire an assistant to file paperwork or make routine phone calls. If you you work from home like I do there are places like Fiverr and Upwork that can help you with online tasks. In your personal life, you could hire someone to do your cleaning and laundry.
3. Group Tasks
This tip is probably the hardest one on the list, and it may not work for all tasks, but you should try to batch tasks which are similar and get them all done at once. For example, if you have to respond to emails, respond to all of your emails at the same time. If you need to make phone calls, sit and make all the calls at once. This behavior can save you lots of time. Since you are already set up to complete one of the tasks, completing more won’t require a new setup.
Working smarter, not harder, may seem difficult, but you can quickly increase your productivity if you know what you’re doing. All it takes is some prioritizing, delegating, and grouping similar tasks together. Soon, you will have everything you need to get done finished in no time at all, and with much less effort on your end!
Until next time,
2 Replies to “3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder”
Hi Jessica, This is something I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. I find if I have a detailed to-do list I can get more done in less time. It helps me to prioritize my day as I work from home. On the days I get lazy and have no list, I wander through work and don’t get as much done. It’s really that simple. Of course, I do have 2 freelancers that help out so delegation is part of it as well. I want to push it up a notch though and work even smarter. Thank you for the tips!
Thank you so much for your comment! I talk about this but don’t always do it myself and KNOW I need to get better at it! I can get so much more done when I write things down, use a journal and/or planner, stretch and exercise and feel organized. The days I don’t…I’m a jumbled mess! Some jobs I have delegated to a gal on Fiverr, which helps, but it just depends what it is. I’m always looking for ways to improve and if it helps just one person, that makes me feel great! Again, thank you for your comment and feedback, it really helps me find direction with my posts!