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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work smarter not harder tips


Avoid multi-tasking.

Start one project and finish it. You’ll knock it out then move on to the next.

Create and maintain a routine. 

Do the major work when you are most productive. Some people are better in the mornings, some at night.

Become familiar with your energy cycle. Learn your feeling and habits so you can create a schedule that works best. As soon as that moment happens where you feel productive get into work mode and get things done!

Morning and evening routines can make a world of difference when it comes to being productive. Wake up at the same time, do something you enjoy in the mornings like meditate or work out.

Make sure your workspace is clean and ready for the next day.

Use time tracking.

Tracking your time can help you become aware of how long it takes you to finish certain tasks. 

Doing this allows you to identify time-wasting activities so you can prioritize your tasks.

You can identify your most productive hours of the day and plan your work accordingly.

If you are a freelancer, time tracking helps you accurately bill clients to make sure you are paid fairly for your time.

Knowing you are being timed might make you stay more focused.

If you want to track time accurately and capture time entries automatically, use a time tracking program such as Easy Time Clock. Here are the main benefits of using Easy Time Clock.

Track time in real time. Easily clock in and out.

ETC makes it easy to build habits.

Stop chasing timesheets: All your data is digital with downloadable reports.

If you have employees, you can export for payroll directly from ETC.

Track lunches, breaks, PTO, and hours.

Soon, ETC will help you maximize profits by billing clients accurately. ETC is working on building this feature now.

Very affordable at just $2 per employee a month. 

Work in intervals and blocks of time to prevent burnout. 

Time blocking is a popular technique.

Don’t forget to take breaks! Incorporate breaks into your regular routine. Make them an important part of your day. Taking breaks is a part of the working process, working smarter by allowing yourself a moment to breathe so you can stay productive.

Breaks can be difficult because you have to allow yourself to stop working and actually focus on taking a break which does not involve thinking or talking about work! If you find it really difficult just start with 5 minute breaks and work your way up.

Remove time wasters and distractions. 

Turn off your phone notifications so you aren’t tempted to check it. If that doesn’t work, turn off your phone completely.

Turn off TVs, radios, etc if the noise is distracting.

Don’t over do it on your to-do list. 

When your list is a mile long it can be super overwhelming which can stress you out therefore, hindering your ability to be productive.

Start by making a list of 3-5 important tasks each day. You’ll feel productive and proud when you’ve completed those tasks. Once those are done, if there I still time in the work day move into smaller, less important tasks.