5 Reasons to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Going from working hard to working smart isn’t always easy. You have to completely rethink how you approach your workday.  Many of us struggle to create change because we have to *stop* what we're doing long enough to allow the new process to take root and start to feel natural.

In this blog post, I share 5 reasons why it's worth the effort.

Reason #1 - You’ll Get More Done

Working smart means you know exactly what you should be working on when you sit down at your desk. You’re not wasting any time doing research or thinking about what you could be doing. You’re ready to work and do what needs done. The end result? You accomplish more in less time.

Reason #2 - You Will Avoid Getting Burnt Out

If you’ve been working long hours for a while, I don’t have to tell you about getting burnt out. There’s only so long you can keep it up. Stop working so hard and work smarter instead. You’ll keep going much longer and again, you get more done.

Reason #3 - You’ll have More Time For Family and Fun Stuff

Most of us work to fund our lifestyle.  We want a roof over our heads, food on the table and to be able to afford activities we enjoy with people we love.  Wouldn’t you like to have a little extra time for hobbies, or to just chill out and watch a movie? Working smarter will allow you to take that extra time off.

Reason #4 - You’ll Serve Your Customers Better

Balance is necessary to be able to approach the customers you serve with positive energy and it's important to understand that your customers DO feel the energy that you are putting out.   Focusing on nothing but work has an energy-sucking impact on how you treat people in your life including family, friends and customers.

Reason #5 - You’ll Secure The Future Of Your Business

Working smarter makes it easier to see trends and changes in your industry. Working smarter gives you more time to adjust and change course whenever that happens.

Has this been true for you?  Can you think of a time when you've been 'in the flow' in your workday?  In that moment, were you working harder or working smarter?