Work Smarter Not Harder
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Work Smarter Not Harder

Next time someone tells you that they are bored or life is not worthwhile to live, make sure you take a closer look. Many times what they are really saying is that they don't have problems to solve, obstacles to conquer or goals to achieve. They have no direction in life.

I always wondered why many of the artists live such a long and productive life. Of course, I would add, many dies extremely young in tragic circumstances. However, compare the retirement syndrome, especially in rich countries where people can afford to retire early, with the fact that many creative people, like artists, composers, conductors and writers (yes, writers!) enjoy a much greater than average longevity. Many of them live well into their eighties and nineties still working and being creative and extremely productive. Unlike, the majority of the population, they die with their boots on! Probably, the reason that they live longer is not that they are more creative but that they have a huge sense of purpose, direction and drive.

Most people would like to see changes in their lives but they keep doing the same things over and over again. The tomorrow becomes today and they are doing the same routine, hoping for things to change. But how, if they keep doing the same things? These people have become slaves on the treadmill of their rigid, old habits. For changes to happen we need to be open to new ideas, new possibilities and need to step off the treadmill and take charge of our lives.

Due to our social conditioning we think that we work better under pressure. Unfortunately, most creative and successful people operate differently. If you really want to be happy long term in your work you must be fit for it, do not do too much of it and you must enjoy it to reach success. Going nowhere requires no special skill but to reach our goals we need to learn special skills.

Plan your day

If you woke up and have not planned your day, you will see that the day flies and at the end of the day you have nothing to show for it. Always make plans the day before so when you wake up you purposefully get ready to face the day and achieve your plans for the day and the week. Suddenly, your productivity and energy will increase and your day get much more direction. As you keep doing this planning for the day and for the week, you will notice that you also become more skillful in completing your tasks and achieving your goals.

Effectiveness and efficiency

Lots of people on the way to success become workaholic. Many confuse effectiveness with efficiency. Efficiency is when you are doing the job right. Effectiveness is when you do the right job and you get results!

Urgent or important

Many times we mix up important with urgent. Most people choose urgent over important when it comes to prioritizing tasks. That's why they never manage to get the right result and waste so much time. Many times what is urgent is not that important. Make sure when you plan your day mark tasks with U or I so you see clearly what has to be done.

Instant satisfaction society

We have become a throw away and instant satisfaction society. We lost interest in problem solving and fixing things. It is easier and cheaper to get a new one. Be it objects, clothing, relationship, anything. When we want something, we want it right away. We don't care about future consequences and we have forgotten what it is to wait for something and work for it. Or to deserve it! One of the problems with instant everything is that it lulls us into neglecting the future. However, future is not instant. It takes time and planning to get there and has a very precise schedule. If you don't control your future, future will control you.

Working hard

It is so deeply engraved in our mind that hard work makes success and secures jobs that we don't see that many people who work hard at jobs get fired. Many businesses fail, many marriages break up and students fail at their exams. There are many other factors that create success and working hard is not always that factor. We tend to overstate the importance of hard work and ignore other, equally important criteria for success.

If you want a job done well, do it yourself

Unfortunately, leveraging and delegating is the best way to success. Your boss knows this. That's why you are employed and he is the boss who earns much more than you! Wake up!

Profits are better than wages

Starting your own business is not only possible but easy. If you don't want or can't come up with your own business, create your own product or product line or, provide a service that is very much needed, don't worry. There are many sensational business opportunities that have done all that for you. All you need to do is find a company with products that you like and believe in to invest a minimum amount of money and be part of a big, multinational company as a distributor or affiliate. While most people still ask the question "if this pyramid?", other, better informed and more open minded people by the millions internationally are not only making a living but becoming financially independent and wealthy. Running your own business and making profits instead of getting wages are incredibly good for your self-esteem and confidence. It opens up a different world for you.

Life is difficult

Those who run away from problems pay a very high price tag later. The path to least resistance is for losers. Have you thought of why presidents, military leaders, business managers and entrepreneurs are paid so high? Because they solve BIG, SERIOUS problems. The more problems you solve, the better you become at it so the easier life becomes. The same happens in jobs. So get those skills on problem solving! Don't shy away!

Freedom and discipline

Discipline has a negative connotation for most people. For athletes, artists and musicians discipline means being engaged in an activity that you enjoy doing, repeat tasks over and over again to master skills and be the best you can become. This is the path to success. The more disciplined you become the more freedom you can enjoy in life. Discipline means you impose self-discipline to set goals, formulate a strategy to work toward those goals. Disciplined people make most of their time and energy and as a result they work less and accomplish more.

Self-delusion - You work better under pressure

You just leave things to the last minute until the pressure is so high that you need to complete that task. When you work under less pressure and have more time to complete things your creativity increases and you make fewer mistakes. It also leaves time to correct and revise things. It allows you to consult others on the task and incorporate their ideas into your work.

Goal settings

In a previous article I mentioned why goal setting is so crucial in our lives. Now I would like to add a few more ideas. The world is full of people who set goals but have no commitment to getting them. If you want to become a goal-getter instead of a goal-setter you have a few things to do. Manage your mind and your motivation. Use time effectively. Write down the 'how to' of getting your goals.

What is your dominant thinking?

What occupies your thoughts most of the time? It is a characteristic of our minds that we only can have one thought at a time. We can have a series of thoughts in a quick success but not parallel. So if you are serious about achieving your goals, make your goals your dominant thought!

Learn to say NO

Be selective on what you say yes to and what you take on. If you are more worried about what other people think of you if you say no than managing your own life well, you become your own enemy. Just find a way to say no firmly but politely. People will get used to it. Better than over-committing yourself and sabotaging your own life.

Put yourself first

This sounds very selfish but makes a lot of sense, soon you will realize it. When you are happy, you have the capacity to make others happy. When you are miserable, how could you care about anyone else? So take care of your needs and yourself first, teach this to your loved ones, too. Then you will see that the world around you becomes a better and happier place!

Cheers, Piroska


Street Talk

Norm Bell  

Thanks, It is a inspirational article.

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  about 8 years ago
Kymee  

Awesome thank you. A lot of great stuff. ; O)

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Kymee!

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  about 9 years ago
Anna Ware  

You are CRAZY GOOD!!!! Thank you so much, you've hit the nail on the head yet again. Just wrote a remark on a nother article about this 85 year old sports announcer whom doesn't want to stop, why should he when he loves it, it is one of the things that keeps him young. I'm starting to get better at setting my goals, I feel better when doing so because there is a list I can work from.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Anna. I hate that our societies are so obsessed with youth and discriminative based on that! Why would someone stop doing something if they can do and enjoy it? Glad you are on the goal setting path. Just power ahead Anna!

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  about 9 years ago

Wow! This is some very insightful stuff! Great article, Piroska.

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  about 9 years ago

Chip, thank you very much! You see, age and experience can be a benefit occasionally! :)

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  about 9 years ago
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