Too many people are stuck asking themselves why they work so hard, but don’t feel accomplished. What are they doing wrong? They are failing to develop a smart working technique. They overload their day with work, numbing their brain in the process. At the end of the day, they may complete their work, but don’t feel they gave their best performance. When you don’t feel satisfaction in your performance, then you know it’s time you change your working habits and start working smart.
Are You Living in A Work Limbo?
Working hard, the wrong way is not smart. It will not make you successful at work, but deprive you of your sleep and health. You work until your eyes close and in return, you don’t receive any recognition from your boss. Each day you are bombarded with numerous amounts of projects and stay late to complete them. Still, you are not noticed. Now, you feel like you are a part of a never-ending work limbo. Following these smart strategies will help you achieve success and peace of mind at work:
1. Give Your Brain More Breaks
On an average, a person’s brain can only stay focused for 90 minutes. After that, your brain needs to rest for 15 minutes. Resting your brain helps renew both the mind and body thus boosting your performance for another 90 minutes. People who are not able to take 15 to 20 minute breaks should take shorter breaks.
2. Sleep More
You should try taking naps at least once every day. Daily naps can improve a person’s creative thinking, cognitive function, and memory performance. Naps are beneficial in improving your memory and your ability to retain new information. This is a great technique for people whose work requires them to think creatively.
3. Plan Out Your Day
As soon as you arrive at work, you should look at your work schedule and plan your day accordingly. Number the list according to the importance of the task leaving the easiest task for the end. If you are heading a meeting, then address these questions aloud:
- What is the reason for this meeting?
- What will be the problem discussed in the meeting?
- How can the problem be solved?
Whether you are planning for meeting or for a usual workday, it is important to set your priorities straight. In doing so, you are not just planning for work, but for yourself too. Therefore, act smart by balancing work with life.
4. Avoid Checking Your Email
You should only check your email if your job requires you to read and reply to emails. If you don’t fit into this category, then avoid checking your email in the morning. It can be a time-consuming task, especially when you already have other tasks on your plate. Instead of checking your inbox in the morning, try leaving it for the afternoon. Additionally, never use emails to address complex problems.
Engrave this rule in your mind that when you do finally check emails, only use it to schedule meetings, discuss miniscule issues, or share information. If your reply happens to become longer or complex, then call the person.
5. Learn to Prioritize Your Time
To be successful at the workplace, there is a heavy emphasis on how you prioritize your day. You might already have a lot to do, but your supervisor may give you extra work. Therefore, ask yourself if the task needs to be promptly completed or you can delay it for last. Occasionally, your boss might give you work at the last minute and you will have to reprioritize your whole task-list. You will have to examine the list and determine what task can be left for last.
6. Get Some Alone Time
Stop letting work consume your life and take some time out for yourself to sit and just think. Leave behind your computer, smart phone, pager, and any other distractions that take away from your “me” time. If you can’t take out some “me” time at work, then try it at home.
7. Multi-Tasking is a Myth
When scientists have concluded that a human brain can only focus on doing one conscious task at a time, then why are people still forcing their brain to multi-task? For people who multi-task, they have a higher chance of making mistakes and it also leads to low performance. Therefore, it is advised that you single-task to complete more than one task accurately and promptly.
8. Delegate Work
If you are in a position to delegate work, you should start handing out work. Sharing your burden of work with others will make your life much easier. Your boss assigns you a specific task, but you feel that there is someone better suited to carry out that task than you are, or you already have a task of great importance, than you can assign it to someone else.
9. Be Positive
When you work, you are bound to make mistakes from time to time. It is important that you learn from your mistakes; therefore, criticism from your boss shouldn’t bring you down. Instead, it should motivate you to do better. That is how you should interpret every criticism you get from someone. You should fill your brain with positive thoughts. This will help to lower your stress levels and assist you in helping problems you encounter at work. So, begin to interpret negative thoughts into positive ones.
10.Celebrate Small Victories
Give yourself a pat on the back for achieving small goals you set for yourself at work. Give yourself a high-five, share your small victories with your close friends and family, or tell yourself that you did a good job.
11.Never Stop Learning
Always take the opportunity to hone your skills and learn something new. When your skills are strong, your chance of becoming an asset to the company increases.
When you work smart, you gain health, may earn more money, increase your productivity and energy, feel satisfied after completing your work, improve your self-esteem and confidence, and learn to balance both your life and work.