Working smarter, not harder, isn't about running back to university or buying a robot that can do everything for you (although we are mentally on the waiting list for one of those bad boys). No, working smarter is all about maximising your time, coping with distractions and becoming as productive as possible.
Once you've mastered the concept, your entire working life will be easier and you'll have more time to tackle those steps towards career progression.
Get out of the office on time for once with these key productivity boosters...
Assess everything that needs to be done. Before you plunge into something headfirst, remember that enthusiasm needs to be tempered with wisdom. Look over every aspect of the job in hand, and allow yourself ample "pondering time" so that you can be sure that every detail is accomplished on time and accurately.
2. Make an outline
Whether it's in your head or on paper, you should have a checklist in mind and follow it in order. You don't want to repeat steps or duplicate the work of others.
3. Stop being a perfectionist
Being a perfectionist isn't all that perfect if it prevents you from achieving more. Release the perfectionist mind-set. Stop obsessing about the details and specifics; they often take care of themselves.
4. Learn to say no
Avoid over-scheduling and be realistic about what you can accomplish in a single day. It is better to do this then rush through tasks leaving some incomplete or inaccurate.
5. Ask for help
Most of us prefer to do things by ourselves and not disturb others. That's a great work ethic, but sometimes asking for help gets us further than just doing it alone. People love to help. If you don't ask, you'll never get!
6. Limit your goals
Try to avoid multi-tasking because you will often get less done since your brains is switching back and forth between tasks. Stick to one thing until it is completed.
7. Avoid procrastination
Every time you needlessly check your email or Twitter, your day becomes longer. On average, it takes 23 minutes to return to your assigned task after using social media. Push yourself to do work when it's time to work and save other activities for the end of the day.
8. Be flexible
Your day will not always go as planned. Be open to trying new methods and doing new things.
9. Take periodic breaks
Even at the office, you need to allow time for your mind to regroup and recharge. Push yourself hard for the first 50 minutes of every hour and then reward yourself with a 10 minute break.
Sometimes, waiting may be the best solution. Things resolve themselves when you wait for a little while longer. If you are stuck in a dilemma, new solutions may pop in if you take a step back.
11. Review often
Regularly review of what you have done so far during the day and what is still to do. Refer back to your list of priorities and ensure you are sticking to them.
Tips by Victoria Burkinshaw, PA at Logistik.
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