It’s important to work hard, but it’s just as important to work efficiently. If you feel overworked and stressed, it’s likely you are working more hours than you really have to work. It may be possible to trim the number of hours you spend working by simply changing how you approach your workday and structure your schedule. Everyone has the same number of hours in the day, but how you use them plays a significant role in your success.
One way you can work smarter is to figure out how and when to multitask. There may be times when you can split your focus between two minor things, allowing you to get more things done quickly. However, there are certain tasks that deserve your entire focus. It’s a skill to know when you should be multitasking and when you should be phoned in on one thing. This helps you avoid wasted time and needless hours at your desk.
If you want to work fewer hours while still being productive and successful, you have to know what you’re doing. It’s important to seek the counsel of people ahead of you on your path and listen to constructive criticism. Honing your skills, building your knowledge and constantly learning will help you work more efficiently and avoid mistakes that can ultimately cost you valuable time.
Another thing that will help you avoid working too many hours is to evaluate where you could be losing time throughout the day. For example, if you ride the bus or the subway, could you be using that time to check emails, plan your day or do some work? Are you spending too much time on social media? Are you doing things you should be delegating? It’s possible you are losing time during the day by not getting the most out of your hours.
Working smarter means evaluating how you are currently using your time. Reclaiming your lost time can help you work more efficiently, ultimately allowing you to work fewer hours. If you want to work less, you have to start by trying to be more efficient with the time you have.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC