Work. Ugh. Doesn’t sound so exciting, does it? Wouldn’t we rather have Monday Motivation on vacation or something FUN?!
I know, I know. But hear me out. Work isn’t a bad word. Whether we are talking about work as it relates to your profession or a goal you want to accomplish, it must be done. But working “right” can sometimes be tricky.
So many people mistake busy-ness with work. We wear our frantic schedules like a badge of honor. But what if you’re just running around busy and not getting much done? What value is there in THAT?!
I used to do this. I thought busy was productive. But sometimes it was just exhausting. Examine what work needs to get done and prioritize it. Focus your energy accordingly. Is the task urgent? Important? Neither? And by whose standard?
Along the same lines, examine the task and determine if there is a smarter way to accomplish it. Sometimes the result may only be 1% better but 50% harder to achieve. Is that a good return? Not really.
I am definitely not suggesting you NOT be the hardest working person in the room. Rather I am suggesting that you examine the task at hand and determine if there is a smarter way to address it than just forcefully pushing your way through it. If you can identify and execute smarter ways to accomplish a task, you can complete more tasks by being the hardest AND smartest working person. Elevating your results all around.
If you’re employed, you will garner the (positive) attention of your supervisor.
If you’re working for yourself – whether in a professional capacity or towards a personal goal – you will see faster results. This could be financially rewarding or otherwise. (Losing weight faster, writing a book with better content / faster, cooking healthier meals for your family, etc.)
So before you dig into your next busy day or project, examine it and use your time wisely.