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How to work smarter not harder

by Girlboss Edit 5 months ago in advice
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You don't always have to work hard to achieve your goals

How to work smarter not harder
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In the world of work, there are two types of people: those who work smart and those who work hard. And while working hard has its merits, working smart is the key to success. Here's how you can start doing just that:

1.Set realistic goals

When you set unrealistic goals, you're setting yourself up for failure from the start. Setting yourself up for failure will ultimately make you work harder, not smarter. Instead of setting unrealistic goals, you should set realistic ones that even a higher power could help you achieve.

2. Set your tasks in order of importance.

There are going to be times when there are just too many things on your plate and you can't seem to focus on any one of them. When this happens, prioritize the tasks you need to accomplish and start with the most important ones. It's even more effective if you can find a way to knock out some tasks altogether.

3. Be ready.

Proper preparation is key to succeeding in all aspects of life, including your work life as well. As such, always be prepared for those curve balls that'll come your way every now and then at work – it could make a huge difference when things get a bit hectic!

4. Surround yourself with people who are upbeat.

Negativity at work – whether from colleagues or bosses – shouldn't affect you negatively because it shouldn't prevent you from doing your job well either. If you have to, steer clear of negative people and instead surround yourself with like-minded, positive people who will motivate you to work hard... but smarter!

5. Commemorate success

When you've finally achieved something at work, take some time out to celebrate it! Whether your goal was big or small, take the time to acknowledge it and be happy about what you've achieved because that'll make you want to achieve even more in the future. Just make sure not to confuse celebrating with resting, though; there's a fine line between the two!

6.Keep a work-life balance

Although many people think they can't function without working long hours into the night when deadlines are looming, this isn't true. While working long hours may seem like the best option, it will actually make you less productive instead of more so. Maintaining work-life balance means giving yourself time to relax and enjoy life outside of work before heading back the following morning, refreshed and ready to tackle your next set of goals.

7. Don't let stress get the better of you.

Stress is unavoidable at work, but that doesn't mean you should let it take over your body and mind either. As soon as you notice things getting a bit stressful at work, try taking deep breaths to calm yourself down until the anxiety goes away. This way, you can maintain composure throughout your day without letting stress ruin all that you've achieved.

8. Assign tasks

Although you may feel like you can do it all on your own, this isn't true. If you want to get more work done and not spend endless hours working away trying to finish everything on your plate, try delegating some of the tasks that take up a lot of your time to others instead. Not only will this free up some space for you in your schedule, but it'll also help others learn more about what they're doing at work too!

9.Be resourceful.

Since there are only so many hours in a day, knowing how to be more resourceful with them is key to finishing all that needs to get done while still having plenty of time left over for yourself. For instance, if something doesn't seem to be working out, don't waste time and energy trying to fix it – move onto something else instead!

10. Find a moving goalpost

Since most goals are ever-evolving ones that require constant updates if you're going to succeed, find one that matches your pace with enough room for growth too. This way, you'll always have something new to look forward to at work while also remaining motivated in everything that you do since you know there's more ahead!

11. When assistance is required, ask for it.

One of the biggest obstacles all individuals face with regard to reaching their goals is asking for help when they need it the most. While many tend to shy away from admitting their weaknesses, making yourself vulnerable can ultimately make things a lot easier since you're getting help from someone who understands what you're going through. Plus, it'll also make them feel appreciated and valued, too!


Reaching your goals at work can be a challenge, but it's definitely not impossible. By following the tips listed above, you'll be well on your way to working smarter, not harder, in no time!


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