Kaizen Wealth Life Transformation

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Personal Development How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Ever since computers have become such a large part of our lives, it seems that workloads have dramatically increased. Now, instead of things getting easier, we've gotten busier and more hectic than ever before.

This may cause you to feel overburdened with your heavier workloads, especially when it comes to tasks you have to do repeatedly. Finding better ways to accomplish your to-do list can save you time, money, and a whole lot of frustration.
 
How do you "work smarter, not harder?" Look at what you do on a daily basis and develop ways to get the same amount done with less effort and struggle.
 
Here are some ways you can work smarter, not harder:
 
1.    Simplify repeated tasks. Forms and templates can save time on a lot of tasks. For example, if you have to send out a lot of the same email, create a template email so you can just fill in the specific parts for each person individually.
 
2.    Delegate. Delegate some of your responsibilities to other people. If you have too much housework, give the kids some chores and set up a schedule. Four people doing four things will get them done faster than one person doing all four things alone.
 
3.    Automate. If you're in a position that requires the same thing done every day, at the same time, then try to find a way to get the process automated so it happens without you there. An example would be to back up your computer every night, automatically.
 
4.    Eliminate the useless. There are unproductive things you do on a daily basis. In fact, you probably already know exactly what these distractions are! Once you identify your time-wasters, remove them from your routine and focus on those tasks that are truly productive.
 
5.    Focus. Stay focused on your responsibilities, not the responsibilities of others.If everyone focuses on their primary responsibilities first, the large portion of the job gets finished and then minor details can be taken care of later.
 
6.    Learn to say "no." Many people take on too much work because they've never learned to tell others "no." Before taking on extra duties for someone else, make sure you schedule time for your own needs first.
 
7.    Know your limits. Avoid taking on more than you can handle in order to please someone above you. If you do this on a regular basis, you'll ultimately be working twice as hard because you're not performing at your very best.
 
Learn how much you can handle while still being productive. We all have limits, and respecting our own limits leads to greater productivity.
 
Working smarter, not harder is all about planning, executing and knowing your limits.
 
Planning saves time and money. It allows you to delegate and assign tasks to those most qualified to complete them. Using systems and automation to execute tasks eliminates repetition and assures quality control. Wisely considering limits prevents burnout and late work.
 
All in all, working smarter, not harder does just what it says. Not only does it save you valuable time, but your production levels will soar as well!
 
Please share your wealth insights with us on the article by adding your comment at the bottom.


If you like this article, please click on the `Digg` image below. I'd appreciate it!

Comments

B
i
u
Quote
Code
List
List item
URL
Name *
Email (For verification & Replies)
Code   
Submit Comment
 

Follow Me

 FB twitter


Personal Development Articles


Testimonial

Waldi van der Merwe
Taking more responsibility in all aspects of my life, this has meant a great deal for me and my family. I look at a problem as an opportunity and can even now after a heated discussion put my hand out and shake the other parties hand and feel at ease with myself. I can see that people do not put in the time to work on them self’s and that is why they Read more...
2009-11-06
Wealth Insight 2009-11-06 Where does today’s money come from?   I’m not talking about historical money right now, though that is an interesting tale! For now I am just looking at where today’s money comes from. The money in your pocket. The money owing on your bond.   Okay, you worked for it. Or you borrowed it.   But where did it come from?   Yes, your employer. The bank.   But before that?   It was created out of nothing.   Once... Read more...
Piet du Preez
Sewe maal sewe = 49 dae om ‘n lewe te red… My dae was gevul met die najaag van klas 3 ervarings; soos ‘n hond wat sy eie stert jaag het ek van die Read more...
2009-07-31
Wealth Insight 2009-07-31 Split second decision making I’ve been studying how we make decisions. Sometimes we take a long time to decide and then make a mistake anyway. Other times we decide in a flash and we are right. Does it matter? Very much so! If spending more time on a decision doesn’t guarantee success, then what should we do? Let me give you two examples. Example 1: A panel of art experts spends months deciding to buy a $10 million work of art. They take samples, they... Read more...
2010-01-01
Wealth Insight 2010-01-01 Something to stick on your fridge No, it’s not a fat photo. It’s a list of some health basics that, if you follow them in 2010, can make a lifelong difference to your health. As always the truth is very simple yet somehow a great surprise. Here goes! Margarine is not a health food. Nor is any processed supermarket cooking oil. Your best bets are olive oil, coconut oil and believe it or not, saturated fats like butter. Processed carbohydrates like... Read more...