Workplace Antics

4 Tips to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

January 31, 2018

4 Tips to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

During college and most post grad positions, you will work in alarmingly fast paced environments. To slow down means to fall behind. So often so, you are contently thinking about what you need to do. If you are similar to me, you may often find yourself up at night worrying you forgot to do something.

After finding a company I truly enjoyed and that I sought to make a name within, I was quickly approached by my manager. They stated something along the lines of, “You need to slow down or you will mess everything up, then we’d have to fire you…and we like you, so stop!” My jaw dropped. How was I a bad employee?- at previous jobs I was glorified for being so quick! I was working so hard and doing everything I could to get projects done.

My manager and I chatted for 30 minutes about strategies to slow down and perform better. Really, this manager was/is the best.  

Turns out that just because the office was way more chill and slow paced than my previous employers, didn’t mean they worked any less hard. In fact, they worked significantly more!

They just mastered the ideology to…

work smarter, not hard

Here are some strategies and tips to help you work smarter, not harder:

1) Use Post-It Notes

It’s a visual learning tool. Writing something down and having it visible can help motivate the wanted behavior. Ask our Co-Founder Alex!- He carried a Post-It for a year with “Launch Jobiki” written on it. Before that, he had a Post-It note for three years with “Start a Business in College” written on it. Yeah, FOUR FREAKING YEARS!

2) Write It Down

Anything you receive or are told, write it down.  Shifting gears to a new aspect of a project can be baffling. Writing down what you are hearing, reading or learning can highlight whether or not you ACTUALLY understand what you are being told.

3) Use a Calendar

This is a huge one. Nothing is worse than getting a call or text from your boss saying, “Where are you?”. Keeping a calendar will help you keep organized and on track. It is even a larger plus if you use colors to organize the events and set alarms. Then you will never forget about a meeting ever again!

4) Keep Track of Daily Tasks

These tasks are not meetings or planned events, but are tasks that you need to get done that day. Wake up in the morning and write these tasks down. Writing them down before the busy part of the day is important. It will allow you to set those daily goals to get done. I like to use a notebook called Eight for the Day to help me out with recording these tasks.

With our faced paced and ever changing world today, Working smarter, not harder is more important now than ever before.

Find a great company can be hard. That’s why we created Jobiki!