You have probably heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder” before. While it sounds easy, how exactly do you work smarter? We often associate putting in more hours to being more productive. While hard work definitely accounts for something, working hard doesn’t always mean you’re getting more done. In make the most out of your time, you need to work smarter, not harder.
So what exactly does working smarter means? Working smarter means that you’re maximizing your productivity, while minimizing your time spent working. Here are 4 ways your can work smarter:
Create A Schedule (And Stick To It).
The most common way people waste time is by not planning out their day. Many think that the time it takes you to create a schedule is just time wasted. It’s not. Planning out what you need to do and how long you have to do it will help you spend your time efficiently. It also eliminates the time you waste thinking about what to do next. One note – don’t forget to schedule in breaks. Taking some time for yourself is just as important as time spent working.
You might be a jack-of-all-trades but that doesn’t mean you need to do everything yourself. For tasks that just take up time, you can hire freelancers so that you can spend your time on more important things. There are a host of sites that can connect you to the right freelancers or companies. The value you get from the time you saved far outweighs the monetary cost you spent.
Cut The Fat.
We spend a lot of our time working on things that don’t make any difference to our bottom line and we don’t even realize it. One of the easiest ways to work smarter is to trim the fat. Take some time and think carefully about everything you do in a day. What are some things that really don’t matter? You’ll come to find that there are a lot more than you think. The next time you find yourself about to it, just don’t. And even though you don’t, it won’t change a thing. Cut the fat from your schedule and you’ll get back a lot more time.
Remove All Distractions.
The environment you work in has a lot to do with how productive you are. If you work from a home office or remotely, trying to avoid distractions might be a huge issue for you. If you’re easily distracted by things like the television or the phone, remove them from the office space. The less distractions you have, the easier it will be for you to focus on your work.