Work Smart, and the “hard worker” label will follow.

27 05 2014

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” ~Thomas A. Edison

Being known as a hard worker does indeed give you a leg up when it’s time for a promotion, or there’s a new job you want to go for.  I would argue, though, that working SMART will put you in a better place for success.  Working 10 hours to do a good job is surely recognized by your leader. However, I’d argue that working smart, and doing the same work in 7 hours, leaving you an hour to do additional “out of the box” work will get you promoted.

How do you cram 10 hours into 7?  If you can’t type fast, consider a keyboarding course (when I was in school, it was called “typing class”, but my daughter rolls her eyes when I call it that now).  Curb your “water cooler socializing”.  If you don’t know all of the cool things that you can do with Excel to save you time and energy, consider an Excel class.  Organize your in-box, and electronic filing system so you can find the document you need quickly.  Become a master of the search functions in outlook and “my documents”.  Keep a clean desk, so you aren’t shuffling through papers every time you need something.  Finally, if you like to have long-winded, well written content to your memo’s, consider if sending a bulleted list of ideas to your leader could accomplish the task in much less time (and save them from having to read through all the chaff to find the few kernels of wheat).  Start out thinking about what the “so what” is that you want to communicate, and do it succinctly.  Working smart will allow you to have the time to go the extra mile, and be recognized.

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Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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