Smart Ways to Work Better, Not Harder
By Sandy Schroeder
Everyone dreams of soaring through the daily schedule and moving ahead, but sometimes it is tough to make that happen. Projects accumulate and deadlines lag, making us scramble to make everything happen.
Inc.com. says it does not have to be this way. Often we wind up working lots of hours with mixed results as exhaustion follows.
Inc. advises us to skip the long hours and go right to what counts. Here are some ways to attack the problem.
Pin Down the Issues
When problems come up, create an attack list of three to five main tasks, and start making them happen. As you knock them off, you will feel better and so will everyone else.
Whatever Happens, Stay Positive
Nothing will make as much of a difference as a positive attitude. If you become anxious, and find yourself slipping into a negative attitude, you are inviting disaster. Stop for a minute and take a closer look at what is needed and how that fits with your past efforts. Then move ahead to solve the problem. That's all positive and that is exactly where you want to be.
Never Stop Communicating
When problems come up and everyone scrambles to find an answer, communication often takes a nosedive. Make sure you are communicating with everyone and really listening to what they are saying. When everyone provides input, a pool of valuable information comes together and answers often surface.
Judge Yourself by Results
Sometimes we make the mistake of pouring hours into a problem. Stepping back and taking a hard look at the issues may be the better way to find the best answers.
Create a Comfortable Work Routine
We always know when things are not working. Making the effort to create a strong smooth flow of work can make the difference. You will be pleased and so will your boss as quality and production go up. Monitor your work and ditch anything that feels awkward or wastes time.
Sideline Routine Tasks
Work on your most important projects in the morning when you can give them the most energy and clearest thoughts. Deal with routine stuff late in the day and knock it off quickly.
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