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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

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Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.

Focus on your 3 to 5 most urgent tasks on your to-do-list. Focus on one task at a time.

At least one of your Most Important Tasks should be related to your goals.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

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Measure your results

To assist you with measuring results instead of time, keep done lists to feel more motivated and focused.

Have an attitude adjustment

We are more effective at work when we have a positive attitude. 

good attitude at work will help you set standards for your work and ensure that you're taking responsibility for yourself.

Communication skills

Strengthen your communication skills to eliminate unnecessary rework and wasted time from misunderstandings.

Stay on one topic when communicating. Don't add too much information since it might confuse the recipient.

Stick to a routine

We can carry out tasks faster if we can work on autopilot.

Automate more tasks

The secret to getting more things done is to make them automatic.

Automate tasks so you do not have to spend energy and self-discipline with unnecessary decisions.

Stop multitasking

People can't multitask very well. they're simply shifting their attention from one task to another very quickly.

Instead of multitasking, take a breather and then go back to focus on the one thing that needs to get done right now. Once that's done, move on to the next task.

Parkinson's Law

"If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do."

We are more energized to do a task when the task has a shorter timeframe to complete. Impose shorter deadlines for your tasks.

Relieve stress

The most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising, praying, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating, doing a creative hobby.

Another effective stress management technique is to plan ahead. 

Do more of the work you enjoy

Focus more on the work that you actually enjoy doing.

You'll feel more fulfilled, inspired, challenged, and productive.

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