Work Smarter Not Harder


Sometimes it can seem that no matter how hard someone works in life that they can’t do anything to get ahead. We can work 7am to 8pm every single day of the week and still not get anywhere. Other times we may feel like we stare at our computer screens till we go cross-eyed but still feel like we get nothing done. However, the problem may be that we are going about it in all the wrong ways. Working more hours doesn’t mean that we get wealthier. Some of the most successful, wealthy people out there are not the ones who work a 70 or 80-hour week. They are the people who know how to use their time in the wisest ways. They make their time count, and they know how to strike a balance between their work life and their other responsibilities.

You have to live with yourself every day, so take time to do things you love. If you are miserable, is success and wealth really worth it? Some of the most successful people try the following to help master that balance and create someone you can live with every day:

Exercise & Meditate:

Exercising releases positive an endorphins called adrenaline. This adrenaline gives you a boost and helps your mood. It helps you feel better and gives you more energy than you would have if you were to not workout. It’s recommended to aim for a minimum of 30-60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity at least 4-5 times per week if not every day. In addition, at least 30 minutes of total body strength training 2-3x each week or more should be included. Keeping your body healthy and happy can help keep your mind healthy and happy as well.

Meditation is also another great practice that can help bring some peace of mind during a stressful day. The best times of day to meditate for most people are in the mornings and at night. Dedicate 10-15 minutes each morning and evening to meditate. Practice proper, deep breathing techniques to help you relax and focus on your day and start and end on a positive note. It’s that investment in yourself that Bittu talks about!

Get Off Social Media at Work:

It may sound ridiculous but while you are at work actually work. Spending time on social media can detract from the time you spend actually getting things accomplished. You may not even realize how much time you are spending on social media. By logging off social media at work you are respecting a strong work atmosphere, and also making actual progress on your projects. The more you get done in a shorter period of time the less time you have to spend at work! This would leave more time to do things outside of work, which can lead to a better work-life balance.

Work on Creating a Routine:

Get yourself into a routine each and every day. It may sound simple, but it helps you be the most productive you can be. You get used to what you are doing and spend less time trying to decide what to do when, and more time doing it. It can become habitual and the automatic nature of the way your day unfolds will allow you to spend more time doing and less time trying to decide/motivate yourself. Your time after all is valuable so make the most of it!

Pursue Passion:

This one is pretty simple. Engage yourself in things you feel strongly about! If you do not love what you do every single day is going to be a drag. While no job or pursuit is perfect, if you feel a passion for it you are going to be more fulfilled while you work towards it. The more you put into it the better the results will be. The better you do the more likely you are to achieve the success you are striving for. It’s simple: pursue something you enjoy!

Wake Up Early at the Same Time:

It sounds ridiculous on the surface but try to set a schedule and keep it as consistent as possible. Automating your internal clock can help your body know when it’s time for rest and when it’s time to be awake.  Studies show you will sleep more soundly at night when you go to bed and wake up at a similar time each day. That means having more energy to get things done throughout the day. On the weekends, it’s OK to vary a little bit but try to keep bedtime and wakeup times within an hour of what you do during the rest of the week.

Prepare for the Upcoming Week:

Setting aside a few hours on Sunday night to prepare for the week ahead helps you start the week on the right foot. Whether it’s cooking meals to take for lunch so you eat healthier or selecting outfits for the week so you’re not rummaging through your closet 5 minutes before you run out the door, getting everything organized ahead of time can be a huge stress reliever. It helps you have less on your plate during your most stressful and busiest days in the middle of the week when you just want extra time to relax!

These are some ideas to help develop successful habits. If you want to make the most of your time these are some great steps to start. Remember that being successful doesn’t mean working more hours or running yourself into the ground. It means having a plan and attacking that plan with precision and confidence. When things don’t work out simply adjust the plan and keep moving forward. Again, you have to live with yourself every day, so make sure you are someone you want to live with. If you are working 14+ hours a day and are constantly stressed you’ll be your own worst enemy! Cut yourself some slack and relax a little by making the most of the time you already have.