Work Smarter Not Harder

We all know someone who’s the human version of that bunny in the battery ad. Ever wonder how they do everything yet have the same amount of hours in the day as you? Why do we struggle and they breeze through?

There’s no magic trick, and no, they don’t time-travel. The key is that they’ve found ways to boost efficiency and productivity.

Let’s peek at their secrets and explore five ways to work better not harder:

Track time and activity

Try to find out how long it takes you to do each task, then assess. Where are you spending most of your time? Could you be using it better? Also, pay attention that you don’t neglect essential tasks for urgent or easy to complete ones.

Limit unimportant tasks

After assessing where you spend your time and what’s eating up your day, find ways to offload trivial tasks. You can easily delegate, outsource or automate a lot of these tasks. Could you set up a system that will save you time, like a recurring office supplies order or templates for repetitive tasks?

Even better is to eliminate unnecessary tasks where possible.

Take breaks

That might sound counterproductive, but our bodies don’t respond well to going full throttle for long periods of time. Far better than powering through without stopping, is to take breaks every 90-120 minutes. We don’t end up doing our best work when our body rhythm is telling us to slow down, so don’t fight the urge!

Besides, taking a break allows you to walk away from a task and come back to it with fresh eyes. Many times that makes a huge difference in the quality of your work.

Avoid multitasking

Did you know it takes 40 per cent more time to complete something when you multitask? That’s because you’re not really doing multiple things simultaneously. Instead, you’re jumping inefficiently from one task to another.

If you want your time to count, focus. Give the current task your full attention and get it done with fewer errors and less strain on your brain.

Feel good

We work better when we’re happy. But how to find joy at work? One way is to look after yourself and feel good. Eat well, get active, make time for mindfulness and keep the right balance between work and personal priorities. Our WellHub is chockablock of great ideas on how to achieve good health for a happier you.