Getting ahead in your career doesn’t always mean sucking up to the boss or putting in 60 hours a week. Some simple mental tricks can improve your efficiency and the quality of your work (without keeping you in the office all night). Here’s a guide from StarkFeed on how to work smarter and not harder.
- Keep a progress bar for a key project and fill in the sections as you complete a task.
- If you don’t need to respond to an email or speak up in a meeting this very second, wait five minutes. This period can help you form a response, and the added time may make you rethink your position entirely.
- Prime the pump; keep your mind sharp by reading things that challenge your assumptions or beliefs. Hence, read something new and challenging everyday.
47% of workers who report being completely satisfied with the recognition they receive on the job. If you’ve got a particularly challenging issue or project you always seem to put off, devote 30 to 60 minutes a day to that problem and that problem only. If you find yourself with an excuse not do it, simply repeat, “Do it now.”
- Work in 20-minute chunks, followed by a few minutes of physical activity such as walking to the water cooler or going to the restroom and taking a longer route back to your desk.
Got a job with a million little tasks?
As a result of million tasks, break them into chunks; Set a timer and get as many of the tasks done as you can within that time.
Sometimes you just need to punt and try it again tomorrow. Take a half day or a day off to clear your head (and get some rest) and come back fresh the next day.
Keep a file of positive feedback and revisit it when you are feeling particularly stumped or less than appreciated.
Don’t let roadblocks put you in a funk. Therefore, pick some smaller tasks you know you can truly complete. Use that momentum to create a snowball effect.
Don’t allow your communication methods to dictate what you get done in a day. Set certain periods of time throughout the day (say, three 30-minute periods) to tackle your email, cellphone and instant messaging
WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER
1 in 3 workers who say they are completely or partially dissatisfied with their on the job stress.
1 in 3 workers who say they are enthusiastic about and actively engaged in their jobs.
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