If you truly want to work smarter, you need to take a good, hard look at your daily tasks and learn to prioritize them or pass them off to someone else when necessary. Many professionals say they want to “work smarter, not harder” to make the most effective use of their time.
Here are some ways you can increase your brain’s capacity to take in and store new data. Or, said more simply, here’s how you can get smarter. You can get started with that ASAP by following these ten simple tips.
Make Yourself Useful and Truly
- Are you making yourself useful? It is hard to be an expert on everything and to be good at it all. If you want to make yourself smarter at your workplace then you need to let go of anger and don’t make excuses.
- Accept yourself as you are right now.
- When you make yourself truly, at a certain point the boulder begins rolling downhill – and it becomes a snowball, picking up business contacts, key connections, and dollar bills all the way down.
More Hours and More Value
- You should measure your results, not your time. Instead of putting in those extra hours, you can become more effective at work by focusing on what really matters.
- You can challenge yourself to be better at work. You need to think outside of the box and bring the right kind of attention.
Trim Your Task List
- Create and stick to a routine in your workplace. You should take simple steps to get organized, prioritize your to-do list, and relieve stress.
- In a perfect world under perfect conditions, you’d get everything on your list did each day. But unfortunately, that’s not the way it goes. This is why you should try whenever possible to trim your list.
- Don’t just cut willy-nilly. For each item, ask yourself whether: It really needs to get done, there might be someone else who can do it for you, and you can automate the task somehow so you don’t have to actually do it each day.
Keep Your Work Place Flexible
- Want to create a more flexible work environment? Provide your workforce with the autonomy to decide what’s best for them.
- In the work environment, flexibility means affording employees the opportunity to make their own choices as to when, where, and how they engage in work-related projects and tasks.
- The term flexibility in the workplace is often thrown in along with independence, work-life balance, friendly culture, and casual environment. Yet, flexibility is often on the debate table for employers.
Cultivate Simple Work Habits
- Creating habits is the easy part. If you want to work smarter, then the secret is controlling your habits.
- A good rule of thumb is to force on you to commit to positive action every day.
- Don’t let your day control yourself rather you take control by maintaining habits that improve time management and communication skills.
- Here are the basic skills all people need to have on any job, and qualities which the company will be looking for during your performance evaluation: Punctual, Be punctual for work, Initiative, Neat, tidy and clean, Organized, Systematic, Efficient, Problem solving, and Follow-up.
Automate More Tasks
- Task automation is quick and simple. It is the use of various systems and technologies to minimize or reduce the amount of human intervention to complete the task or process.
- You should do automate tasks and also give your team more autonomy.
- If you spend more hours in the office and still couldn’t get your job done on time, your organization definitely needs automation.
- Office tasks are tedious and take up valuable time that you could be using for more productive tasks.
Take Advantage of Your Procrastination
- Procrastination allows you a greater degree of freedom of choice with your focus.
- If you are tired and stressed, starting on a task may not be a good idea. Instead, recharge your batteries and have more determination to crush that task you procrastinate on.
- Take some time to relax and get some rest, if you find yourself postponing on the task.
- Being a procrastinator can help you streamline your daily workload by focusing on the tasks that both pique your interest and have more urgent deadlines.
Meditate and Exercise Your Brain
- During physical exercise, the body is put through an increasing amount of stress. Like the muscles in your arms or abs, the parts of your brain you exercise the most, grow the strongest.
- Brain exercises help your mental health and fitness in the same way your body benefits from physical exercise.
- A regular workout routine enables the body is doing more because of the strength gained in previous workouts. A regular meditation practice builds the brain’s ability to focus session by session.
Have an Attitude Adjustment
- Attitude affects every aspect of your day to day interactions – from the home front to the workplace. It is not about the “what” you do. It’s the “how” you do it.
- It shapes how you interrelate and cooperate with your loved ones and your co-workers, how productive you are, and at the end of the day, how you feel about yourself and your value-add.
Do One Single Thing at a Time
- If you want to get smarter at your work then you need to stop multitasking and do one single thing at a time. You should stay focused and tune out the ‘shiny new ideas’ until you’re done.
- Single-tasking is the opposite of multitasking, and it’s better in virtually every way.
- Our brains may initially resist single-tasking because it’s less stimulating. But working on one thing at a time lets us dive deeper and do a better job at each task.