Work smart, not hard. We fail to realize the extra dimension that is hidden in this often repeated statement. Working harder does not equate to success. In fact, it leaves us feeling tired and frustrated.
How you work is a reflection of how you approach life.
Some of us believe that if we just keep chipping away at a problem, a solution will eventually present itself. While others will redefine the problem and take a completely different approach to solve it.
Working Smarter Makes You Less Tired
When you combine your intellect with your work ethic, you tend to use less resources than if you just rushed into doing your work.
Failing to plan is planning to fail…
Are you setting yourself up for an unknown outcome because you failed to define the outcome before starting on the journey of solving a challenge?
Having an outcome in mind keeps your mind focused. It keeps you from giving in to distractions and it provides a compass for when you feel lost.
Having a strategy that provides boundaries for your work is another essential characteristic of people who work smart. Without the boundaries of a plan, you can waste your resources endlessly working on a problem that does not even require solving.
When you work smart, you ask yourself these crucial questions:
- Is this problem worth my time and energy? Could I be spending my resources solving a bigger problem that has a bigger impact? Follow the 80/20 principle.
- What is the outcome I am trying to achieve here? Have a vision for your work.
- What are some SMART strategies that I can apply to this situation?
Working smarter uses less resources and leaves you feeling more accomplished. Working harder just makes you tired. Apply the ethic of hard work to the principles of smart work. This is a winning combination.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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