• Thanushree Anil

9 Uncommon ways to work smarter



As a millennial, your culture, your parent’s lessons, generation-old sayings linger in the mind and the new thoughts of technology making life easier, new ideas projecting, the old sayings completely eat dust with the race of new-age thoughts.


The biggest example is of new thoughts are “Don’t work hard, work smart”


Hard work pays off, wasn’t that something we listened to growing up when we got fewer marks in a subject and our parents instilled this thought in our mind.


So you study, you revise three times and give the exams and voila! You get excellent marks and your parents say, "See! Told you so .”


The conflicting sides of hard work and smart work are that hard work takes time, a huge amount of time to get completed. On the other hand, smart work takes up less amount of time.


Now, what about the saying that goes along the lines of “ Slow and steady wins the race”?

This saying came from the story of the hare and the tortoise, where it glorifies the tortoise’s vigour of not stopping in between.


That’s a fable old as the fossils, what if the hares of today do not lag and sleep in the between or what if the tortoises use a skateboard?


WORK SMART NOT HARD

Generations have changed and its time to change the thoughts to motivate yourself.


The world is growing every second and it isn’t going along with the lines of slow and steady anymore.


Here are nine ways to prove that it is time to change your thoughts from old school to new school


PIZZA SLICES


So many people of the generation are trying hard to find ways to be productive in less amount of time. Now think about a self-build table that you bought from the store, you look at the layout, you need to fix the smaller pieces, go to the bigger pieces, attach all of them together and boom you have the final product ready to use.


PIZZA SLICES

So if you have something to do, say write a blog, plan the layout on what points that you feel that you need to stretch on, cut them along like pizza pieces, divide them into small write-ups, add your fairy dust touch and you have the final article.


MISCONCEPTIONS


There are a lot of misconceptions that the hard workers will win at the end of the race anyhow in the long run and the smart workers just find out shortcuts and as we all know how the saying goes, “There are no shortcuts to success”. We could agree on that for now.


You see any person who does hard work or smart work goes through the entire layout with an equal amount of effort what brings a difference is the manner of execution.


Take a look at an old example, and most certainly a common one


An axe is given to a hard worker and then told to cut a tree. That person would immediately start working trying to cut the tree, say it took him at least 6 hrs to cut it.

But when the same axe is given to a smart person, they would spend a considerable amount of time sharpening the axe and then cut the tree in much fewer hours than the hard worker.


Smart workers find resources and techniques to fill in the gaps and complete it as quickly as possible.



They don’t find a shortcut, they find a loophole in the question of what is causing the delay and then fill that hole up with their common sense.


PRIORITISE


Pick up the three most crucial tasks that you have to complete that day and get on to work with that first. The rest of the day could be filled with the other tasks that don’t have much of importance.


When you finish the work that is more important than the work that takes a lot of time, say you have a project presentation to make that you have to submit in the afternoon and you have a project model to turn-in day after tomorrow which could take a lot of time.


By completing that tiny project presentation you can be completely relaxed for the rest of the day and work with your brain for creative ideas and indulge in the work immensely.


TAKE A BREAK AND MAYBE A KITKAT


Do not think that if you work around the clock your boss will notice you, they would just take advantage of you to finish tedious task