I am sure that you've heard this quote one too many times, but what does it mean? How does one work smart and not hard but still get the same positive results in your workplace, personal life or just in general?
Working smart means being effective – focusing on the result we are after, not the method we use to achieve this. Don't mistake action for effectiveness. You can actually stay busy all day at work without completing anything important. We only have a certain degree of time and energy in our day, so we need to use those resources in a smart way. Use them for things that will benefit you.
Set clear objectives for yourself
Make sure that you understand what is needed and what is important; even if it means that you have to write it down which is actually a good idea to begin with. Do not spend your time and effort on things that will not benefit you at the end of the day and not allow you to reach your goal.
We all have limited time daily to be at work and get certain things done, so make the most of it. Spend your time on the things that's the most important or urgent and give yourself a time frame to work on it. Do not rush the project or assignment that you are busy with, otherwise it will come out sloppy and there might just be a chance that you will be required to re-do it and this will end up being a waste of your time.
Keep your desk as manageable as possible. Make sure all the similar projects are in one file or cupboard with dividers in them, because it is unnecessary, time wasting and stressful to have papers and files messed up and laying around on your desk.
Don't let work pile up, sooner or later it will catch up with you and you will have a crisis at hand. If you have set out to do something, get it done immediately instead of putting it off for the next day.
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