Work Smart Not Hard

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I love lazy people because they work smart not hard, they don’t see 10-12 hour days at the office productive. They want to work from the Starbucks in the malls, because they “feel” better there. To be judged only by results, not by the amount of time and effort they appear to have put into a project.

Here are 6 reasons to explain why less may actually be more.

1. Working Long Hours Decreases Productivity

Losing sleep, social life and working longer hours will adversely affect your cognition – the ability to learn, think and reason. So, if you are one of those people who are used to working long after everyone else has left the office, you should be aware that your productivity and your ability to think and reason will be reduced accordingly as well.

2. Promotion is not Based on the Number of Hours You Have Worked
We are often misguided that “If I really work hard; if I stay late at the office every night; if I keep busy all day” like the others, my boss will take notice.

I wont promote you because, it seems you need to manage time better and get more done in a shorter period of time. Sad, but true – the number of hours you work is not important to your bosses.

3. It is More Important to Prioritise than to Execute
People may just call you out for the unimportant tasks because you never refuse. Set priorities and say “no” to those requests that are just time-wasters. Turn people down assertively but appropriately. Say, “I’m sorry. I don’t have the time to do that.” As Warren Buffet once said: “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”

4. Refusing to Succumb to “Down-Time” at Work Doesn’t Make You More Admirable
“workaholics.” They refuse to participate in “down-time” activities at work because they are either obsessively driven or they believe that it wastes the company’s time. Besides, staying at one’s desk “looks” better to bosses.

Even the most successful minds of this world need to relax. Having down-time isn’t unproductive or makes you look “worse”. It’s the necessary activity (or lack of such) that your brain needs!

5. Doing Everything Yourself and Long Hours = No office friends
Every organization has these types of people. Their basic approach to tasks and projects is to get something done right, they will need to do it all themselves. They need to control every detail of a project from start to finish because asking for help makes them look weak and less capable.

If this sounds like you, understand that inability to delegate or micro-managing every detail of a project is two things: – exhausting and a real “negative” to subordinates, co-workers and to bosses.

Subordinates believe that you do not trust them. Co-workers believe that you are a “glory-seeker” and bosses believe that you are not executive material. If you are trying to impress everyone with your dedication to every detail of a project, understand that you are really getting the opposite!

6. Being a Perfectionist = Long Hours without Reward
We all want our work to be right. And we want it to be approved of by our superiors. The more time we spend seeking perfection, the less productive we are.