For years, we have praised hard work. And while there is nothing wrong with working hard (it is great), but we really should be more worried with working smart. By working smart, there is the potential to get more work done in less time, and who doesn’t want more leisure time?
1. Be Prepared
By being organized and prepared for your week ahead, you will be able to cut down the amount you work by a lot. If you have no preparation or organization, you spend a ton of unnecessary time during your day doing mundane tasks that really don’t pertain to your work at all. Preparing for even a few minutes ahead of time, could save you a ton of time in the work day or week.
2. Disconnect From Work
This one is all about separating your home life and work life. If you can’t find a way to escape or disconnect work on the weekends, you really never left work. If you are available 24/7 for work, you have a constant barrage of stressors coming at you from every direction. These stressors and constant interruptions and disruptions can really prevent you from recharging and reenergizing, which can hurt your upcoming week of work and leave you complacent.
3. Manage Your Energy
When most people think of time management when it comes to working less and getting more done in less time, the real thing you should be worried about is managing your energy. Working intensely with a ton of energy for a few hours can sometimes lead to more work being done than if you work lazily for multiple days. Prioritize based on importance and attack every project with ferocity and quick bursts of hard work for the best results.