Smart work seems to be the new buzzword in the workplace. But this one is here to stay. Smart work is all about doing all that you are already doing in more time and cost-effective way that builds you up. Hard work may be the key to success, but smart work lets you get there quicker and easier, without compromising on the work itself. Smart work can also actually help you in creating the perfect work-life balance you have always dreamed of. So, here are five tips to get you started:
Measure your accomplishments
As humans living in a productivity-driven society, we often tend to focus on what has not been done, instead of what has been done. And so, even if you just spent two hours making a presentation, you might feel bad that it took you so long. But focusing on how you researched and developed the whole presentation by yourself in that time reminds you of what you have accomplished.
This practice encourages you and reassures you that you are actually getting some work done. One brilliant way to keep this practice going is to create done lists. They are often called the opposite of to-do lists and are quite effective as well. They help you in seeing clearing all that you have completed within a day, thus pushing you to finish even more work. And more than that, they help you in planning your time and day in a better fashion as well.
Make realistic to-do lists
To-do lists with way too ambitious tasks do not help you get them done any sooner. Instead, learn to prioritize. Know which task needs your attention first and attend to it. By doing so, you can get the heavy work out of your day, thus making the rest of the day relatively easy and stress-free too.
Handle one task at a time
Instead of trying to juggle a presentation and a report at the same time, do one thing at a time. It will help your brain concentrate better. Try not to check recent emails while working on a task – it can disorient you and make getting back to the task difficult. So, put off checking your phone and notifications in between tasks.
Find a genuine purpose
It is a purpose that guides our work and gives it a meaning. When you are feeling lost and unmotivated, a genuine purpose that you are inspired by can help you in more ways than one. It can help you in structuring your day’s work in a way that makes more sense. If you plan on drifting aimlessly through work, it can seriously impact how well you will be able to complete the tasks at hand. You can keep in mind the goals the company has for you, your own ambitions within and outside of the company, and what you want to accomplish in your personal sphere. Having a sense of direction lets you make choices that contribute to you going further along the right path, rather than the one everyone is taking.
Learn to delegate work when required
Knowing when to stop is another facet of working smartly. There will be days when you cannot do all the things you were supposed to and there will always be tasks outside of your capacity in one way or another. By assigning certain tasks to another person – you can actually hit two birds with one stone. This is because you can take care of yourself by not overburdening yourself with things outside of your knowledge and also contribute to getting that task completed by someone who is going to be better at it. If a priority work that needs extra thought comes along, you can do justice to it by assigning the task to someone else, thus not compromising on quality at all.
Creating an environment and a culture of smart work can go a long way in deciding the future of a company. Employees who are healthy and motivated are obviously more likely to be extra creative and innovative, as compared to someone who has been overworked beyond limits and has had no relief. Thus, as employers and as employees, it is time your office embraced the concept of smart work.