Work Smart & Be Nice To People #workingwednesday

I tend to simplify things, sometimes too much. I was never keen on writing essays. Bullet points and abstracts are my strong suits. So, I put together a list of ideas that will help you work smarter. When you work smarter, not harder, it will make you productive and efficient. And of course, I am always a fan of being nice to people. It is non-negotiable for me at work, and I believe it should be for you too. It will help you get promoted and go places. So here you are…

  • First thing every morning, make a list of what you want to get done that day. It always helps me remember what I need to get done and also stay focused when I get sidetracked by an email. I just refer back to my list.
  • Learn to say no. When you are elbow deep in a project and someone asks you for a report, a piece of data or just a brainstorming session…don't be afraid to say no. Put a “in a meeting” or “out of office” message on your email and voicemail for a couple hours if you need help saying no. I think it is actually smart to only check email 3 times a day. Email can be SOOO distracting.
  • Don't multi-task. As a working mom, I know how easy it is to multi-task. I check emails while cooking dinner, feed my 1 year old mashed avocado while I simultaneously wipe down all the kitchen counters. And most likely, my 1 year old will end up eating pledge instead of avocado. You get the picture. Focus on one thing at a time.
  • Evaluate and delegate. Evaluate your methods and revise if necessary. Ask someone to review your process and see if their is something you could improve on. Look for short-cuts, I don't mean be lazy. I mean find ways to be more efficient in your work. And give tasks away when you can.
  • Lastly, avoid procrastination. Don't check Facebook every hour at work. Push yourself hard to focus and finish a project. I know it's hard. I really do. I create my own work and projects every day in my career. Just do it.
When you are at work, WORK. When you are at home, BE AT HOME. this will help you work smarter wherever you are. And let's be kind. Life is too short to have a bad attitude towards other people. Do you have any tried and true ways to be work smarter? Please share in the comments below!





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