10/09/2009

The Difference between Working Hard and Working Smart

The Difference between Working Hard and Working Smart

Getting more done in less time is somewhat of an art.

Some people may claim that they are one of the best workers in their workplace simply because of the hours they put in. This isn't necessarily true. To an extent, you do have to dedicate time for work. In the end, however, it's the quality of your work that people look at rather that the hours of service you gave.

Accomplishing more in less time requires much effort, but keep in mind that working smart comes before everything else. Burning the midnight oil at some point can be detrimental to your health. If you lack sleep and are fatigued with all the demands placed on you, your work may suffer. You'll find it difficult to focus when you're too tired to do anything else.

Yes, working hard reaps a lot of rewards, but experience tells us that the best way to achieve success is to work hard at working smart. How do you do this? First, you have to be more flexible. Changes come everyday. Sometimes, in the middle of the project you may find that you will have to change a lot of the things. Instead of complaining, know that this comes with the territory.

Another problem is that people tend to procrastinate. If you do this, you definitely will end up disappointing more people than pleasing them. That's why it's important to plan ahead. Work out the steps to take and take it easy. Haste makes waste! The more you panic, the messier your output becomes.

Simply observe your colleagues and you will notice that those who are most successful are the ones who are able to multi-task and balance their responsibilities. Juggling several things all at one time does not have to be confusing. You just have to know which of these tasks go together so that you are not left bewildered.

Double the time does not necessarily mean double the result. It helps to update yourself on the recent technological advances. Know which tools or programs work best for you and avoid stressing yourself with things that are just way too confusing. The good thing about today's developments is that designers have made software simpler and easier to use.

To succeed and achieve higher plateaus requires that we constantly have to strategize. You will find that communication has given you easy access to reading materials (online, especially), that will help you achieve your goal. Read and learn. In the end, you'll realize just how much you've learned and how it's quite simple to put the time saving tools and programs into smarter working habits.


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2 comments:

karim said...

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Thanks,
Karim - Positive thinking

Richard said...

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