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"Work Smarter not Harder"

We have heard all "Work smarter, not harder" but what does it mean?

It means finding ways to use your energy and time at work more efficiently, which can help you complete tasks more quickly.

My 5 Routines For Success:

1. Create a Weekly, Ever-Evolving To-Do List:

Starting a weekly view of which tasks need to get done helps you gain a clear understanding of what must happen. If you do know a deadline on Wednesday morning. You can make sure that the project is on your "must-do" Tuesday List.

I like to keep this list in my Outlook drafts folder and start creating it within the week prior. As I'm promising certain items to various teammates or clients. I can drop in when I'm going to tackle them.

2. Break Your Daily Tasks Into AM, MID, and PM:

Once you have a clear view of your “must-do” weekly tasks, you can create a daily list.

There are different methods for creating a daily to-do list like blocking out tasks in your calendar, writing them down, setting reminders, etc. It may take testing methods before but you will find the right one that will work in the best way and long run.

If there's something I'm worried about, I try to knock that down in the morning. If the AM isn't your best time, it can be helpful to at least start in the morning. It gives me greater productivity and strong time management.

3. Block Out a Breather In Your Calendar:

On busy days, it can be hard to remember to leave your computer, let alone take a work break. To ensure a mental escape each day, I block out a 15-30 minute window on my calendar. This break can be anything from getting fresh air on a short walk to making an effort. If you are not used to regular breaks, start with a five-minute break. Use this time to grab a glass of water.

4. Start a "Smile-File" Inbox Folder:

One of my coworkers taught me about this, and it truly changed my workday attitude. It's as simple as making a folder in your inbox to make you smile. Having a collection of funny notes will boost your mental health.

5. Have an End-Of-Day Routine:

If you work longer hours, the last thing you may want to do is add work at the end of the day.

Creating a next-day to-do list can bring some serious mental peace. End-of-day routine can also help you train your brain to learn when the workday ends.

Last but not least, I snooze my notifications until the following day. You can also set notifications to snooze at the same time to make it more of a bit forced habit and less of a conscious decision.


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