Working hard is good. But working smart is better. I have tried to work hard to achieve my goals. However, I just put myself into overwhelming mode. I drain a lot of time and energy, but my happiness matrix does not increase. It seems paradoxical. It is like digging down a deep gold hole, but the gold is little.
I tried to work smarter because It can save more time and energy. Then the result is the same, or even better. Working smart is to enjoy the process while improving the progress. Sounds interesting?
What does work smart means?
It means using our brains to make our working process easier and more efficient. We should think of an efficient way to finish a project. It is not an escape way but a shortcut system.
It is different from working hard because we maximize our time and energy on a project without considering the ecology. It means balancing the project and other parts of life, like our relationship with God and other people and our health. Because, sometimes, we ignore other things because of the project. Finally, our life is not balanced.
Time and energy are the key differences here. What if we could work without losing more time and energy?
Yap. It’s time to work smarter.
Let me tell you three strategies to help you work smart.
Do one project at a time.
Doing one project at a time is efficient because it reduces exhaustion. It brings us into the flow state. Imagine you finish it without distractions like looking at a smartphone, watching a video, or playing a game.
Whatever your project, you can finish it faster when you are in a deep flow state. I know it is not easy to access, but once you do it, you will work effortlessly. Just try it.
Do the project based on the energy level.
I think the energy level of people is not stable all day. Sometimes we are very energetic. Sometimes our energy is low. So, it is good to understand our energy condition. Do the difficult task when you are at your peak energy level. Then do the rest.
Your energy relates to your mood. Check it first.
Make a better time batching.
Time batching or time blocking is good for improving focus. It helps us focus on the same characteristic of the task. For example, I prefer to put writing and editing activities in the same batch because it has the same category. However, I separate it from playing games because it has a different categorization.
Time batching prevents us from wasting time.
Last but not least, you can work smart right now. What you have to do is to use your time and energy efficiently. Do one task or project at a time, do it based on your energy level, and divide it into the same category.
Are you ready to work smart?