7 Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

7 Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

There is not enough time in the day to get everything done. So how can you work smarter, but not necessarily harder, while at work? Do you feel like you are always behind at work? Here are a few tips that can help you accomplish more while you are at work without necessarily working more hours:

Decrease distractions

According to Gloria Mark, it takes an average of 23 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption. Distractions take time from your work but also decrease your concentration and effectiveness while working. Whether you work at an office or at home, find ways to limit interruptions while you are working. While working, train yourself to stay away from the things that distract you whether it’s social media, phone calls or email notifications, family or co-workers, etc. Another strategy you could try is the Pomodoro Technique, where work is broken down into 25 minute intervals with short 5 minute breaks in between. This strategy could help improve your overall productivity while working.

Reassess and improve your work environment

Determine what type of environment makes you the most productive. Some people prefer working in silence while others prefer background noise or music. Some people work more productively at a desk while others find they are more productive walking around. Work when you are most productive during the day or evening. Some people work best in the morning while others in the afternoons or evenings. You could try different time frames (if your work environment is flexible) and see what times you tend to be the most productive and focused when you are working.

Prioritize your workload

There are many different tasks and projects that you may be working on at a time. Prioritize each task and project based on the date it must be completed and it’s priority. Find a system that works for you to determine priority and make sure nothing falls through. If you have a big project you are working on, break it up into smaller tasks to help you stay on track to reach your goal.

Keep networking and marketing

It is important to set aside time contacting potential clients to expand your business, attend relevant industry events and keeping up with market trends. Always keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date, even if you are looking for another job.

Be efficient with meetings

Always create an agenda before any meeting and stick to it. Meetings should be scheduled for for 45 minutes max; any longer meeting will not be effective. Try and group any meetings you can back to back to avoid switching from meeting to work mode or having an awkward amount of time between meetings where you won’t be effective.

Schedule breaks to increase focus

Regardless of how busy you are, after a certain amount of time working on a project, your effectiveness starts to decrease. Everyone needs a short break 5-15 minute each day to step away from their work so you can come back refreshed and refocused. Take a short walk, get a drink or grab a quick snack to get away from your desk for a few minutes. Taking a break each day has proven to increase concentration and efficiency at work.

Keep your body healthy

This may sound simple, but be sure to take care of yourself. Exercise daily to increase your productivity at work. Start off the day with a good breakfast and be sure to eat healthy throughout the day to fuel your energy. Be sure to get the sleep you need so you can be alert and effective while at work.

While change can be daunting, implementing these tips will help to increase your productivity at work. When working smarter due to an increase of efficiency, you will most likely increase your income and work less hours. What tips do you have to increase your productivity at work? Comment below to share with us.

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