Guest Column | September 11, 2012

7 Ways To Work Smarter Not Harder

Ritika Trikha, CareerBliss

By Ritika Trikha, career advice writer,

Do you ever find yourself sucking down coffee, working late, bending over backwards and stressing out to check off items on a never-ending to-do list?

You might be a hard worker — and that’s great — but if you set aside a few minutes to think about the way you work, chances are you can find some ways to boost your productivity and decrease your stress.

Here are seven tips for working smarter rather than harder:

01 Prioritize.
It’s become customary for every professional to sit at their desk to check their flood of emails first thing in the morning. Understandable — you never know when an urgent matter is sitting in your inbox.

But to maximize efficiency, take “immediate action on any messages that require two minutes of your time or less,” time management expert David Allen told the Wall Street Journal. In other words, if it’s something you can do right now, do it and get it out of the way. Then, work on the more time-consuming projects by urgency.

Here’s a cool prioritization tool you should explore: Grid Analysis – it’s great to help you track your priorities, even when there are several factors to consider.

02 Indicate Objective.

Ask yourself: What’s the point of this? If you have no idea, then there’s nothing fueling your motivation, causing you to move more slowly. For every task, right down the objective and put it somewhere near you. Read it over when you’re starting to feel burnt out.

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