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Work smarter, not harder!

I am sure you all agree, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day! Work-life balance, what is that? You probably have days where you jump into bed at night and feel incredibly productive and others where you feel like you didn’t achieve anything at all.

Let’s change this! Every day in your working life there are tasks that you just don’t want to do but these tasks are probably the ones which will achieve the most, so you know they have to be done.

Let’s look at the Pareto principle which is also known as the 80/20 rule. This principle suggests that only 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results, and no doubt these are the unpleasant tasks!

Do it first

Right now! Write down the tasks that will give you the highest output (no matter how unpleasant) and do this first.

Slow down

Another tactic of mine is to slow down. It may sound ridiculous but in reality, this is true. How many silly mistakes do we make whether on an email or on an important document because we know how much we have to do. We just rush through all the important bits with little concentration. Let’s change this – surely it’s better to take the right amount of time on one task than doing it really quickly a dozen times because you keeping making errors!

Get them out the way

Yes, there are always tasks that you leave until the end of your to-do list due to the complexity of them. But why not reverse this? Let’s get these not-so-great tasks out the way first and then they are done and you can move on to the things you enjoy doing. Naturally, when you know you have to do a task you don’t want to do it can play on your mind; it sits in your subconscious and plays with your mood because you know it has to be done at some point.

Write it down

Finally, every single day write down your tasks from your most immediate to the ones which you have more time to do and tick them off as you go along. The feeling of watching that list go down helps you keep a clear head, concentrate better and leave work feeling positive.

Wouldn’t you rather end your day on a positive note than with anxiety of that unpleasant task you have left to do tomorrow?

What are your ways of working smarter?

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