10 Ways to work smart
Do you feel like you’re always working so hard at school or varsity but not seeing the results? Perhaps you are focusing on the wrong things and wasting time. Here’s how to get more organised and succeed.
It was not that long ago, we were in high school working our asses off and just scraping by while others excelled. It’s a frustrating, discouraging feeling that makes you want to give up. Well don’t. Adjust your thoughts. Get your head in the game. And watch as you start to better in work, exams, tests and life. The trick to success is to get organised, use your time wisely and work smart – not hard.
- Make To Do lists. Knowing exactly what you have to do means there’s no last minute panic.
- Prioritise the most urgent things.
- Do the quick and easy things next.
- If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. How many times have you heard that? But it’s so true chomas. Spend a little more time planning – your presentation, your project, your essay - and you will spend much less time redoing things because they didn’t make sense.
- Pay attention in class, lectures and meetings. Take notes, ask questions and make sure you know what’s expected of you. This way, you won’t waste time doing the wrong thing and won’t feel like you’re starting from scratch when you have to start on a project.
- If you don’t know the answer, ask! You can waste so much time trying to figure something out on your own.
- Remove time wasters. It’s amazing what you can get done in 10, even 5 minutes if you just concentrate. Switch off your phone and the TV and log out of Facebook. You can do it.
- Don’t work when you’re tired. Sometimes late night cram sessions are unavoidable. But when you’re exhausted you don’t take in as much info and tend to make mistakes.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. Sometimes it’s just not possible to do everything perfectly. Sometimes it’s just enough to get it done. Don’t miss important deadlines because you’re stuck on something small.
- Embrace shortcuts. Use apps or shortcuts to cut down on processes. If there’s a shorter way to do something, why take the long way around?
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