Work Smarter, Not Longer

January 30, 2014

Career Advice

clockIt’s likely been your new year’s resolution for many years in a row: how can I work less, but still get my work done? Lucky for you, there are some tricks out there that can make a big difference in your workday. It is possible to pump out the same amount of work in less time. It only requires a few serious habits you’ll have to put in action ASAP. Here they are:

Block off time for yourself.
Are you one of those people who can’t get her work done because she’s in meetings all day? Here’s a tip: that calendar on your computer allows you to block off time for yourself — no meeting required. If you need time to complete a project, reserve a couple hours every afternoon for yourself. Meetings will get organized around it. Seriously.

Prioritize by importance.
While everything seems important and seems like it needs to get done NOW, the reality is this: it doesn’t. Everything is not equally important. Define importance for you — is it the most visible projects? The most financially beneficial projects? The project that you’ve been dreading and is due tomorrow? Find a priority system and stick to it.

Plan it out.
Your day, your week, your project. Everything needs a plan — and a realistic one at that. Make sure you have all your questions answered, your supplies in hand, and enough time to accomplish everything including a once-over to make sure it’s all good to go. Sure, it takes more time to plan, but it will reduce the amount of time you spend in the long run. We promise.

Image via Michael Sauers/Flickr.


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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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