Work Smarter, Not Harder
The key to being successful is not working more but working less and working smarter. More and more people are realizing that you don’t have to work more than 40 hours a week to be successful. In fact you can work less than 40 hours and get more done, all it takes is discipline and commitment.
Here are FIVE tips to work smarter not harder
01 Get organized
On Sunday mornings I spend 30 minutes planning my week. I plan my meals, workouts and write a to do list of tasks I want to complete this week.
After I am done organizing my week I add priorities to my to do list. This helps me focus throughout the week and I make sure I complete those high priority tasks first.
03 Remove distractions
These are some of the strategies I use to remove distractions:
Allocate time to batch emails and phone alerts. Instead of constantly reading emails every time an email arrives in your inbox, allocate chunks of time to specifically read and respond to emails during the day.
Block calendar. This one is important for me. At my job I get to support multiple projects and I get to work on technical and management tasks. It’s extremely important for me to plan out my week and set blocks on my calendars when I can work without any interruptions or when I can have direct reports stop by to have a chat or ask technical questions. Ever since I started doing this, my performance increased significantly.
04 Reduce context switching
Every time you switch tasks there’s a drop in performance because you have to wrap up what you were working on and wrap your head around the new task. Imagine if you switched between tasks 6-12 times a day?
05 Do a recap
Recaps can be eye openers. When I first looked at my daily to-do lists and saw just how little I was actually finishing I knew I needed to do a bit more digging. That is when I found I was spending more time on distractions rather than on accomplishing things on my list.