Work Smarter, Not Harder
Smart Ways to Boost your Productivity Fast
The work environment has changed worldwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many South Africans have moved to remote working and we have all had to adjust to the new way of working. It’s valuable for us during this challenging time to work smarter to achieve our goals.
Many of us, motivated and well-intentioned to do a good job, work very hard, putting in extra hours, catching up at night and on weekends, and maintaining a hectic pace to the point of exhaustion. As we become overcommitted, overwhelmed and overworked, working “smarter” sounds very appealing, but how can you work “smarter” during lockdown.
Top Tips for Working Smarter
Working “smarter” really means doing more important work with less effort. Here are three ways you can start working “smarter” today.
1. Focus on what is important
Set clear goals and intentions that define what is important to you. Knowing what is important makes it much easier to choose what to spend your precious time on.
With your goals and intentions in mind, take an honest look at your daily tasks and ask yourself: Will this help me reach my goals? Will it help someone or something important to me? Will it help me grow personally or professionally? What could happen if I didn’t do this? Can I delegate it to someone else or get help? How can I do this faster?
Prioritise the tasks remaining on your list in order of importance. If it can it be done in less than 30 minutes, do it now. If it is going to take longer than that, schedule and prioritise it.
2. Eliminate distractions
Many of us are resigned to accept that constant distractions an unavoidable while working remotely. However, to really focus on a priority task, you must proactively manage your time and space to avoid interruptions and distractions.
Focus only on the priority task you are busy with, set a reasonable deadline and give it 100% of your attention.
Start by working offline, switching off email downloads and mobile notifications. Silence your devices and put them out of sight. Abandon any ideas of multitasking that will slow you down and dilute your focus.
3. You are your greatest resource
One of the most effective ways to work smarter instead of harder is to make sure you are in great shape. This is even more of a challenge during lockdown, putting in ever longer hours when you are exhausted or ill will not only make you less productive, it will also increase the risk of mistakes.
Being in great shape means getting enough sleep, good nutrition, regular exercise, fresh air and relaxation, so you feel good and have plenty of energy. It also means improving your skills, for example, learning time management skills or getting the know-how to complete tasks better or faster. This is easy with the enthusiastic assistance of your Academy of York student advisor who is ready to help you choose the ideal courses to sharpen your skills and your student support team is on hand to provide fanatical support every step of the way.
Implement these three suggestions for working “smarter” today and start doing more important work with less effort.
Working smarter in every aspect of your life saves precious time and energy for those things that really matter, such as your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic.