Working Hard or Working Smart?

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Starting the new year always sparks a fire of self-motivation for me to get my shit into gear for the year, excuse the rhyming there. It can be so easy to get carried away and start working ourselves into overdrive towards those fresh new goals for the year in that shiny new notepad. But is that really the best option? If motivating ourselves to work hard towards our goals and be as productive as possible is the aim, then should we be working hard, or working smart?

 

This is a question I started thinking about much more last year after reading Grace  Beverly’s book; Working Hard, Hardly Working. I wrote about this previously in my 2021 book highlights post, but I have to mention it again now as it’s so fitting and is such a great book. I find Grace so inspiring, she really is the master of productivity. The clue is in the name, but the book explores research and techniques into productivity and how to get the most out of our time. In order to optimise we should actually me making the most of our downtime. Carving out dedicated time in our day to switch off, avoid work and focus on something fun, whether that be cooking, watching TV, reading or going out with friends, all of those things actually help with productivity. Amazing, right??

 

Without making the most of ‘Hardly Working’ we simply aren’t giving ourselves the fuel we need to really focus to the best of our ability when we turn to work mode. I know for me personally this is so true. We all know that Friday feeling is very real, and it happens for a reason. After a long week of working most of us will feel mentally and physically ready for 2 days away from our day jobs. As well as enjoying the weekend, seeing our friends and getting outside, it also gives us the opportunity to come back with a clear head and totally refreshed on Monday morning, ready to get shit done again for a new week.

 

 

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When it comes to working smart, it’s all about maximising focus. We all know how easy it can be to fall into a procrastination hole when you are supposed to be working, one minute you are writing an email, and ten minutes later you’re knee deep in dog videos on TikTok and you don’t even remember how you got there… sound familiar? So learning to focus and block out distractions is a key skill to build in the journey to working smart. If we can learn to shut out all distractions, including blocking out calendar time to not be disturbed, and clearly nominate the key tasks that need full focus, then we can essentially get twice as much productive work done in half the time. That is working smart, and I don’t know about you, but that sounds much better to me than constantly working hard. Why spend 8 hours at your desk when you could use your focus to get the same amount of work done in 5 hours and spend the other 3 ‘hardly working’ and reaping the rewards?

 

Do you prefer to work hard, or work smart?

 

K x

 

 

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