Hard work necessitates complete diligence in order to produce the desired outcome with the least amount of error. The task’s course will not be pre-determined. However, spontaneity and humor are needed for showcasing the best results in a short period of time. Smart work focuses on completing the mission in a timely manner with minimal physical exertion. Smart work entails carrying out a mission according to a pre-determined schedule, using information gained from previous experience and other learnings.
It is not to say that hard workers are bad people; however, working smart will save you a lot of time and effort while still delivering the same results as hard work. Working hard is necessary and meaningful, but working hard combined with smart work will take you places.
Difference Between Smart work and Hard Work
When it comes to defining the difference between smart and hard work, it’s pretty simple to define what working hard involves: if you want to be successful in the long run, you must work long hours.
You must get up early, before the rest of the world, and stay up late, while the rest of the world is already enjoying their afternoons and evenings.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to come up with simple definitions of what working smart involves and how it differs from hard work.
It’s self-evident that even though you’re determined that no one can outwork you, you always have maximum working hours that you hit very quickly; and there’s always someone who’s willing to work longer hours.
What are people’s opinions?
Tim Ferris, in his book ‘4-Hour Work Week,’ is a proponent of the smart work theory, which proposes that by designing systems, outsourcing, and focusing on what you like, you can work less and produce the same, if not more, results.
Although he has been chastised for promoting an unsustainable lifestyle, delegating things that sound like ‘work’ to others and focusing all of our attention on the aspects of our work that we enjoy can only be beneficial. To find this balance, entrepreneurs and freelancers all over the world are flocking to calmer, more stimulating destinations (like Bali!)
Strategic hard work (or smart work) does not imply that you are not working hard; it simply implies that you are working more efficiently and are focused on outcomes rather than time.
So, how do we train ourselves to be smart workers?
Many successful people have been shown to be “smart jobs” by nature. Although this is excellent for them, there are many ways we can train ourselves to operate more efficiently, thereby freeing up some of our precious time. The best approach is to realize that you may be able to do the same amount in less time, freeing up time to actually live your life. No one wishes they had worked harder on their deathbed.
So, here are three suggestions to get you going:
Make a plan:
Life and time management skills are an essential aspect of smart work. This comes from using the vast array of resources available to us (Trello, Asana, One Note, Any Do) and truly understanding the PRINCIPLES of how to use them (which I will discuss in a future blog). Create a ‘backlog’ of activities to spread out throughout the week, monitor everything in one place, and use collaboration resources to avoid spending hours on emails; all of these small improvements add up to hours saved each week
Identify the most important tasks and complete them first. It might seem straightforward, but we all know how easy it is to become distracted by a different aspect of your company (perhaps part of it you prefer working on). Divide your activities into three groups, 1, 2, and 3 (or whatever you want to name them), and use some rules to organize them.
Learn to delegate and use the time and skills of others. Spending three times as much time on something that anyone else might do in half the time isn’t a cost-effective or smart way to spend your time. Networking with others and asking for support from people who know what they’re doing is essential to a good business mentality — network with others and ask for help from people who know what they’re doing. I’ll be including a lot of tips and advice on how to effectively outsource and delegate, which I believe is a real skill that we aren’t taught how to do properly but that can transform our working lives.
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