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|Work Smarter Not Harder – Ten Tips
to Help You
By Victoria Munro
Working hard probably won’t yield the results you want! We all have a limited amount of time and energy, and by working smart rather than hard we will achieve more and have time and energy to spare.
1. Define Your Goals and Keep a Laser Focus
2. Schedule Regular Appointments with Yourself
3. Know Yourself: Build on Your Strengths, Work
Around Your Weaknesses and Avoid Your “Stressors”
Are you an early bird or a night owl? What time of day do you work at peak performance? Schedule your “high-payoff” activities during these times. Know and honor your own limits. Understand what causes you undue stress and avoid this whenever possible.
4. Take Regular Mini Vacations and Give Rewards
Value yourself enough to plan rewards or treats for yourself at the completion of difficult tasks. This could be something as simple as a latte at the corner coffee shop, a walk in the park or a shopping trip.
5. Prevent Procrastination
6. Make Your Work Space Work for You
Organize your desk so that piles of papers do not surround you. Make sure that your phone is located in the best possible place. Invest in a comfortable headset. Keep your daily planning tool close at hand.
7. Decide What to Delegate or Outsource
Designate “phone-free” periods during the day, when you allow calls to go into voicemail. Close your email editor or turn your sound off so that you’re not tempted to check when you know an email has arrived.
When you stop a project you’re working on to respond to an interruption, take a few seconds first to make a note of where you are and what you plan to do next. This will help you bounce back more quickly after returning from the interruption.
9. Become Phone and Email Efficient
Turn on spell check in your email editor and keep email messages succinct and to the point.
10. Learn When and How to Say “No”
Take one or two of the tips above, perhaps areas you’d like to strengthen, and try them out.
About the Author: Victoria Munro is co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly, a company dedicated to creating success for small-business owners through creatively designed programs and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different businesses. To receive FREE business success articles with tips to help you with your business, sign up for their award-winning ezine, “In-Flight Refueling,” at: LLCwww.Make-it-Fly.com, and receive a free copy of the eBook, Get More Done in Less Time: 101 Quick and Easy Time Tactics & Tips.
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