I’m the type of person who is independent and likes to do things myself. As a small business owner, that was a type of behavior that I needed to change. Even though my business is “my baby,” I had to learn to delegate tasks to the appropriate people. As an employee before I owned my own business, I had to work through the same issue. It was difficult for me to ask for help when I needed it. In order to work smarter and not harder, it benefits you to surround yourself with people who have succeeded and also those who want success as much as you do. If you have such people around, you’ll have an easier time of delegating tasks. This applies to business owners and others in management positions.
A second way to work smarter and not harder is to create a to-do list and a to-don’t list. The first list is a way to keep your day organised so that you are keeping yourself on track with the prioritised goals you need to complete each day. I like to write my list the night before so that I take a few focused moments to make sure I am tasking myself with the appropriate tasks. This article shares six steps to assist you in as well as a listing of helpful resources like . The second list to create is a to-don’t list. Such a list can help you to stay focused during the work day. If you have a weakness for constantly checking your personal emails or surfing through the newsfeeds on Facebook or Twitter—put them on the to-don’t list. These simple reminders can help you stop wasting time.
Most of us have heard the advice to work smarter, not harder. However, is it possible to find a balance between working smart while also being a hard worker? Having a good work ethic and doing what it takes to get the job done is one of the most important traits that a career minded individual or entrepreneur can have. One downfall to working hard and being diligent is experiencing burnout. This article will address ways how to avoid burnout by working smarter, not harder—and still maintaining a high level of work quality.
If you are a small business owner, freelance consultant or manager at a company, there are many times that you have had to work through the weekend. That is fine every now and then. However, even though your business and office may “need” you, it is important that you devote at least one day of each week to taking a rest. It helps if this day is the same one each week so that you have a consistent reminder to take a day to rest. Your physical and mental health will thank you. This is a way to work smarter, not harder. Your body and mental state will have a chance to re-energise and be ready to get back to work with a honed focus.
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