There can be great value in putting your head down and plowing through a task or job. However, refusing to reflect and plan can lead to burnout.
Time seems to move at a dizzying pace. In this environment many people jump from task to task without taking the time to have a healthy evaluation of what and how to best accomplish their goals. We all could do with a bit more rest, but our rest needs to be planned and focused rest. Giving the brain a chance to recharge and reset before the next onslaught of focus and work.
Simply working to get things done won’t help in the long run. Proper care needs put into planning and strategising best methods for the task at hand. With rapid changes in technology, new resources are being made available to aid our productivity. I have previously written on the importance of embracing technology, and I would also stress exploration into new tech options that will best suit our needs is also necessary.
Here are 3 simple steps you can take to work smarter not harder:
1. Get away from it all
Take a break. Get out of your routine. Put yourself in a place where you can feel refreshed and recharged.
2. Talk to a professional
Needing help doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. There are experts out there whose passion it is to see others succeed in life. From executive coaching to counseling, we could all use the wisdom of outside professionals from time-to-time.
3. Instill healthy habits in your daily routines
We all have a routine, whether we care to admit it or not. Make sure your routine is founded on healthy habits that will keep your work and personal life healthy and whole.
One final thought; don’t use this as an excuse to become lazy. I’ve seen people duck responsibility and lose initiative by lacking the courage to step up and make a decision to take action. We can plan and strategise, but it needs to lead to action. Be known for someone who can be depended on to get the job done.