How to work smart, not hard.

how to work smart, not hard

Many of us find ourselves complaining about how we “work” all day but there’s no output. How we spend all day staring at our laptop screens, but the yield is not as much as we expect. How we cannot detangle ourselves from the web of procrastination. Well the key is to work smart, not hard, and most importantly take breaks between work!

Here are 4 ways to help you increase your productivity by a few folds!

  1. Wake up early in the morning.
    analog clock at 5:55

    I know it sounds impossible to leave the warmth of your bed at early hours but it’s not actually difficult. Especially if you look at the advantages this habit brings. In fact if you search up the lifestyle and routine of the world’s most successful people, they all have one thing in common: they wake up early. Waking up at dawn just gives you so much time and while the rest of the world is snoring, you get some much needed quiet and calm. To get more motivation to adopt this lifestyle, read the 5 am club.

  2. Plan out your day and stick to the plan.
    person writing bucket list on book

    Now that you’ve woken up, the first thing you should do is plan out your day. Keep a notepad on your bedside and list down all the things you are supposed to do. List the most important deadlines first, then other essential chores and lastly all the work that’s pending. Keep crossing out the work that you have completed. When you cross out things from the list it gives your brain a feeling of accomplishment and motivates you to do the next task!

  3. Be practical, allow yourself breaks between work.
    beverage filled mug beside cookie and book

    Most of us tend to overburden ourselves and set unrealistic goals. Allotting breaks after every task and rewarding yourself at the end of the day is as important as the work itself! Give yourself a 20-minute break after each task and avoid using technology in it. This relieves pressure off your eyes, freshens up your brain, and wires it to function more efficiently.

  4. Re-evaluate the changes you’ve made and reward yourself.
    yellow leaf tree between calm body of water at daytime

    At the end of the day, reflect upon the changes you’ve made to yourself. What positive effects have they brought? Do they still need improvement? Think rationally and give time for these changes to show visible results. Treat yourself for what the work you did all day as it will motivate you to repeat the same tomorrow!

The most important thing is to stay determined! It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. You can only see the desired results one you follow these tips regularly until they become a part of your lifestyle!