What does it mean to work smart?
Working hard doesn’t always guarantee that you’ll be able to achieve your goals, but working smart can allow you to achieve more in a short space of time. Here’s why you need to work smarter, not harder.
What is working smart?
Working smart is gaining a sense of self-awareness in order to know your strengths so that you can use them to achieve your goals. For example, if you are a morning person, you would do the most demanding tasks in the morning and leave the less demanding task for later on. Knowing yourself and your strengths can help you complete your work efficiently and in a satisfactory manner.
Working smart means better results
When you are aware of how you work best, you’ll be able to achieve better results. You won’t waste time and effort trying to do something in a way that you’re not comfortable with, or good at. Your self-awareness will guide you in achieving the best possible results.
You’ll be more productive
Working smart allows you to be more productive, this is because you’ll find ways to get the job done quicker. This allows you to free up some time to focus a bit more on things that require more attention. It’s all about allowing your strengths and limitations to guide you to do things to the best of your ability, rather than what other people expect.
It’ll boost your self-confidence
Completing tasks and being happy with the work you do is a huge confidence builder. It gives you better perspective on what you are capable of doing and this is great for your mood and self-esteem. This is what we mean when we say that confidence is a result of working on yourself.
How can you work smart?
Don’t overwork yourself: Overworking yourself often leads to burnout and not being able to deliver or achieve your goals. Be realistic and kind to yourself by not taking on more than you can handle.
Manage your time: Set time aside for every task that you have to do and try to finish the tasks within that time frame. When you know how much time you have to work on a task, you’ll be able to use your time wisely to fulfil your duties.
Have a schedule and stick to it: Have a plan daily that will help you organise your day. For example, if you’re working from home, you need to have a routine and stick to it so that you’ll get into the habit of completing work on time and not end up mixing your personal life and your work life.
Give yourself the opportunity to achieve your goals by being organised and prioritising your tasks. Remember to be disciplined and work on what you planned according to your schedule. You already have strengths and abilities within you, Choma. All you have to do is take the time to discover them and allow them to guide you in achieving your goals. You can do this!
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