Work Smarter Not Harder: The slogan “work smarter, not harder” may have different meanings for different people. After doing some research on this phrase, I discovered that it was coined in the 1930s by Allen F. Morgenstern. He developed a job simplification programme as an industrial engineer in order to boost output with less effort.
Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder
There are conflicting viewpoints on this concept; some agree, while others disagree. Each person’s point of view is represented through their opinions. My point of view, or opinion, agrees with the adage “work smarter, not harder.” Please allow me to clarify.
Work Smarter Not Harder: I previously published an article titled ‘Why I Say Professional Organizers Are Lazy.’ The main point of this post is to work smarter, not harder. In the article, I explain why I believe this. Professional organisers, in a nutshell, identify ways to finish things with the least amount of work.
Everyone has their own method of doing things, and as I’ve already stated, what works for one person may not work for another. Finding strategies to work smarter, not harder, depending on your unique lifestyle necessitates some inside research.
Consider how you work on projects and activities, both professionally and individually. Then check out the list below to see if any of these options will work for you. Incorporating methods to work smarter, not harder, will allow you to get things done more quickly and, as a result, lower your stress in the process.
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Get Organized: (Work Smarter Not Harder)
Naturally, this would be the first option! When you have everything arranged, you can quickly find what you need. You don’t squander time seeking for items needed to complete a task or activity. Your surroundings are clean, and there is no clutter to keep you from thinking clearly.
Brain Dump: (Work Smarter Not Harder)
You most likely have a lot of thoughts racing through your mind. Perform a brain dump by getting them out of your skull and onto a piece of paper, or, if you prefer, your computer or phone. The first step is to understand what you need to do.
To-do List: (Work Smarter Not Harder)
Put those chores on a to-do list now that you know what you want to do. You may have many lists. Many people will tell you not to do it, yet it is sometimes necessary. You may, for example, have one list for work and another for home. That’s fine; it’s less perplexing that way. You should now prioritise the items on your list (s).
Using procedures is an excellent method to work smarter rather than harder. I am a major proponent of employing processes to automate repetitive chores. Everyone, whether at work or at home, has repetitive chores of some kind
When you create a process by listing the steps and referring to it each time you execute a task, it becomes a routine or a habit, and you get things done faster.
However, don’t become complacent and stop referring to these processes, or you risk missing a step. It may not appear to be a huge deal, but it can cost you time and/or money, and it can be devastating to your professional career.
Eliminate Steps: (Work Smarter Not Harder)
This is an excellent method for streamlining procedures. As you progress through a process and the situation changes, adjust the procedure to accommodate the change. This could happen by removing a step or steps from the process. By removing a step, you will most likely save time. However, be careful not to sacrifice quality in your drive to streamline a procedure.
This is perhaps the most efficient approach to work smarter rather than harder. When you schedule all of your chores, projects, and appointments, there is no doubt about when or what you should be doing at any given time.
Schedule all tasks and appointments in a paper planner or an electronic device using your prioritised to-do list. To keep on track, check your paper planner frequently or set up audio alerts on your smart device.
Allow for extra time for travel and any unforeseen events that may arise. Downtime must also be considered into your hectic routine. Downtime is not wasted time, it’s a time to regroup, relax and refresh to achieve an effective work smarter not harder strategy.