5 Great Ways To Work Smarter Rather Than Harder

First Things First

First Things First

Prioritize.

So many times we decide to leave the most important thing until last because we figure we'll knock over the easy stuff, or maybe we're just putting it off because we know the important stuff will be a little tougher.

A better approach is definitely to identify the most important task or two for the day, and hit that before anything else, even if it's going to take a long time.

Get Enough Sleep

Get Enough Sleep

You need 7 to 8 hours sleep. I know you probably hear it so much that it's lost a lot of meaning but you hear it because it's true. If we're really busy, we often tell ourselves that we simply don't have time for the amount of sleep the so-called experts tell us to have because those experts don't live in our world. They don't understand....

But they do understand and you should too. If you want to be able to think more creatively and be on top of your game, you must get enough sleep. Staying up late to finish something at the expense of rejuvenation is counter-productive. It really is!



Get Up Early

Get Up Early

While we're on the subject of either being asleep or awake, let's mention that it's also a really good idea to get out of bed early. It's basically because it helps you create a pattern which sees you hit the ground running in the morning and feeling great about all you've accomplished before midday, and making you tired enough to want to sleep at night.

 

Set Time Limits

Set Time Limits

You can use an app or one of the many online tools to track how long it takes you to complete certain tasks. This is the first step on the path to becoming much better at time management which (it doesn't really even need to be said) is a major factor in working more efficiently and productively.



Take A Break

Take A Break

In fact, take more than one break. Take regular breaks. You'll become drained and a waste of space if you try and go hard for every second of the day. Use a break to have a coffee, recharge your batteries, and come back to a task with a fresh perspective you might be surprised by.