Worker Smarter, Not Harder
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. –Vince Lombardi.
We all have the same 24 hours in each day. No one gets an extra half hour, and nobody receives a three hour reduction in which to live their life. How then, does it seem that some people manage to accomplish so much during their day, while other people seem to accomplish so very little? There is much truth in old saying: ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.’
How Is This Possible?
The answer to why some people seem capable of achieving so much more than others is very simple, effective time management. Time is the only resource of which we are all guaranteed to receive exactly the same amount. So how do we manage our time to ensure that we make the best possible use of it?
Here are some tips to help you manage your time better and work smarter. These tips should help you become more effective at work; saving time and reducing the amount of time spent idle. As Alan Lakein said: “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
The first thing you need to do to become more effective is to examine your work environment :
Is it neat and orderly, without thousands of irrelevant things clogging up your work area?
Is everything where you would expect to find it, so you never waste time looking for things that you have failed to put back in the correct place?
Are all pieces of paper on your desk either IN USE RIGHT NOW, or filed neatly away?
If you answered ‘no’ to any of the above then it is time to reorganize. Make a system and decide where everything belongs. As you continue to follow this system you will discover that you naturally begin to return items to their ‘proper place.’ Soon enough, the amount of time you waste looking for things you need will be dramatically reduced.
How Can I Work Smarter and Manage My Time Wisely?
Incorporate the mantra: “File or throw” into your working daily life. Sort your papers into what needs to be done, make a ritual space each day where you can work on completing the tasks, then file these papers away. If the papers are not important, or do not need action, i.e. fliers to a seminar you were thinking of attending then write the details in your planner and simply throw the paper out, or file it away so it is not cluttering your desk. Soon you will notice that the amount of junk taking up valuable your desk will diminish; and that the formidable stack of papers you collected have been fully taken care of.
The next part to working smart is to plan your day. How many of us lose precious minutes each day because we are not sure what we should be doing next? If we have a plan, if we set our goals and an expected time frame for completing these goals then we are more able to complete our objectives.
Prioritizing also plays a huge part in planning and smart work practices. If something is not important it is lunacy to spend an inordinate amount of time doing it. Plan your day so that you complete unimportant tasks quickly, allowing you to devote more time to what really is of importance.
Is It Certain That The Above Steps Help Me Work Smarter?
If you use these simple steps, pretty soon you will discover that you have developed your own effective system for working, one that will save you time and allow you to complete all your tasks effectively and easily.
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