What does it mean to work smart?
The phrase “work smart” is different for every person depending on their unique personal mission statement and definition of success.. Having self-awareness allows an individual to prioritize his or her own needs, ask for help, cut losses, and build upon strengths in an intentional manner. In other words, working smart essentially means figuring out what your strengths are and building a network around you to build upon those in order to reach goals in the quickest and most efficient way possible. This is what is required to achieve pinnacle of success in JEE Advanced or any test.
Here are few tips:
Time Yourself. “Sure, to-do lists make us more productive, so does grouping the tasks into batches and prioritizing them,” but that does not mean you will get them done to completion in the time frame you allotted or that whatever you are batching won’t end up taking over your day. The more you time yourself, and gain more self-awareness into how long a particular type of task takes you, the more time you will be able to actually identify and re-purpose in your schedule. This will increase the outcome of your input.
Use GPS. Not your global positioning system, rather goal, purpose, scope. Begin by determining the objectives and setting goals by really asking, “what does the work look like when completed?” The next step is understanding the purpose, or the “why,” so you can explain how the work fits into a project or bigger picture, “that’s how you get buy-in to a project.” Lastly, provide the person you are delegating the task to the full scope of the project. This could include “deadline, format, who will see it (audience), budget, available resources (people or information), and your involvement.”
Time Theming. Time theming “frees one’s mind to focus on the tasks that are critical to making progress in all areas of life.” Time theming is a great way to avoid decision fatigue. Time theming can also be used to help ensure work-life balance. For instance, every Friday could be themed “friends day” and every Saturday could be themed “family day.” By theming the different priorities into your weeks or months, people can have more freedom and flexibility to finally start creating a work-life balance that fulfills them.
Don’t Start From Scratch. Don’t continue to re-invent the wheel… starting from scratch each time is a big time waster. Instead, find and modify methods you’ve utilized in the past or finding someone who has already done what you need to do and take a cue from them on how to proceed. This allows you to leverage other people or other resources to reach your goal as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Keep in mind, that working smart comes down to finding the most efficient and effective way to reach goals. This often includes leveraging other people or resources and utilizing self-awareness to build on strengths and delegate when appropriate. The more self-awareness you gain about your work style, the more you can find ways to work smarter, not harder and finally achieve the the goal you desire.
Good luck 🙂
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